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Friday, March 5, 2010

The Problem with Routine

...is when you have to break it.

I'm a routine guy. More than that, I'm a schedule guy. I don't always have to be on time ...as long as I'm early. I park in the same spot every day. I have a morning routine. I have a evening series of events. I do the same thing every Saturday night and Sunday morning (Movie Night and church, respectively). My body is so used to my order of life, I wake up at 6am on mornings I forget to set my alarm (which is great because otherwise I'd throw a hissy fit because my groove was thrown off. Not proud of those moments).

You get the picture.

Today, my routine was broken.

Garage sale season has started; there was one this morning. And for that one garage sale I got up early to do a little work, then drove my wife to meet my sister and my mom, watched the girls for a couple hours with my brother-in-law, drove home and then, and only then, was able to come into Sonlight--four hours later than I usually do.*

I was grumpy.

And that's the real problem with routine: I feel entitled to it. The problem is me. Routine is fantastic, even beneficial in many ways. But like so many good things, it's how we use it and respond to it. Vegetables are great, but they aren't if I were to go ballistic on the kids over them. Money is wonderful, but an unhealthy focus on it leads to trouble.

You get the picture.

Are you like me and need to have a solid routine? Or are you on the other end of the spectrum--with my wife--and fight against repetition? I'm guessing neither extreme is super healthy. That's why I'm so thankful for Sonlight's approach to scheduling: Consistency with flexibility. Every Sonlight Instructor's Guide allows you to plan your day how you want so you can quickly adjust when you need to. Like when garage sale season starts....

 ~Luke Holzmann
Filmmaker, Writer, Surrogate Father

*My wife accused me of wanting to get to work so desperately I almost drove down to open the building at 6:30. I still maintain that I had responsibilities that were thankfully covered by another.

4 comments:

Michelle said...

I love routine too! It takes a lot for me to break my routine, but I'm realizing that I need to be more flexible. Not for my sake, but for the sake of my children.

They are getting a bit too set in their ways, and tend to 'freak out' when our routine is broken. Especially when it's at the last minute, and I've not had time to prepare them.

Good luck with those interruptions to your routine!
~Michelle

Luke said...

Thanks, Michelle! <smile>

~Luke

Natalie Witcher said...

I do like that about Sonlight for sure!

Luke, schedules are great for those who loves schedules. I can't get too scheduled, because, well, I'll forget that I scheduled a schedule. :) Glad you have an awareness of your schedule "issues" HA!

Thanks for the link love. And yes, don't go ballistic about food. Where's my oreo?

Luke said...

Always glad to share link-love, Natalie <smile>. And I am absolutely the kind of person who loves routine.

~Luke


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