A lot of scrambling in my life right now. It's as if everything picks up the pace a bit as the weather finally warms up. I'm doing my best to roll with the punches, and to pick my battles.
I've been pondering routines as I try to keep up. As a project manager, I practice timeline management every day. I recognize the value of process. I like written milestones, critical paths, and workflow stages. I'm one of the few (if not the only) in my group @ work that gets a little giddy when I open up Microsoft Project. Yesterday, as I chatted with a co-worker about not being able to find a groove in my own morning routine at home, she commented "that really surprises me b/c you're so good at routine here." Her words really stayed with me throughout the day. She's right...I know how to "do" routine. So what's up with my resistance to using those skills at home? I don't have an answer to that yet...but it will be one of the questions that I ask myself as I try to revamp certain routines (speaking of...I really like what Lee had to say about "rebooting" in this post). The areas that I'm working on...
Morning Routine - My ideal morning routine involves waking up w/o an alarm, making some tea, practicing meditation & yoga, making green juice, reading the blogs in my reader, writing my own blog, writing at 750words, checking FB & Twitter, taking a long shower, making Austin a hot breakfast, packing his lunch, and heading out the door 5 minutes before we need to. The reality? I'd have to get up at about 3:30am to make those things happen. For now, I've moved blog reading, social media, and writing to other times of the day (today being a rare exception...and I'm late to work). Anyone willing to share their successful morning routine?
Paperwork/Bill Management - I'll be the first to tell you that I SUCK at financial management. It's the area of my life that I feel the biggest sense of failure. Sure, more money would help...but it would also just mean more for me to manage poorly. I've tried online bill pay & budgeting sites, Microsoft money, Quicken...nothing clicks. And then there's paperwork. Ugh. Sorting mail, filing, recycling. It's a never ending battle!
Creative time vs. Task Time - I write, photograph, craft, and (sometimes) scrapbook...but mostly for assignments or freelance commitments. Trying to schedule time to just create for my own enjoyment seems out of reach. I don't watch TV, so don't tell me to craft instead of tuning in. I've already whittled down my commitments to things that I truly enjoy...so weeding out isn't an option.
So....as I sit here with wet hair, still needing to do 6 things before I leave for work...I'm asking for your wisdom. Tell me what works for you, wise friends!