Changing Routines

Try-It With-Me Tuesday, an interactive weekly time and place to foster connections that challenge and encourage the process to become a well-rounded person.

Routine: n. 1. A prescribed detailed course of action to be followed regularly; a standard procedure. 2. A set of customary and often mechanically performed procedures or activities.

Contrary to what the word routine implies, routines in life don’t have to be boring or mechanical; they structure our time and tasks to incorporate our desired goals. Whenever the season changes, literally or figuratively, my routine often changes. I want my changes to be conscious ones that lead to self-improvement. This week I’m beginning a new exercise routine and the shake-up of my schedule is causing me to pause and think about my other habits. Here’s my challenge this week:

Evaluate your routines. Identify one or two that need a change and make that change.

Do you want to try it with me?

Think about daily habits, personal schedule and regular traditions. Here’s some questions to help:

Daily Habits: I’m teaching my adolescent children about personal hygiene routines, and everybody can see the difference in that! Habits are specific and form out of larger goals. A desire to eat healthy may lead to a habit of eating an orange every day or taking vitamins. Habits can be negative routines that form unconsciously. What are my daily habits? Do they move me toward my goals or away from them?

Personal Schedule: I’m shifting my exercise to first thing in the morning to get my day started earlier. It’s taking a lot of adjustment because its very early, but I’m energized and don’t feel like I’m hanging around in my workout gear until mid-morning. What is my personal schedule? Is it filled with some of my priorities or just requirements? Is it flexible? Is it too lenient?

Regular Traditions: I’m a big believer in family rituals and routines that bind us togther in daily or weekly traditions. Ask yourself: What are my family traditions? Do they create a pattern for positive relationships? What are my routines teaching my children? What do I like? What’s missing? What opportunities can I plan?

Next Tuesday, September 23,  I’ll write about some of the routines I’m changing. If you want to write about you are doing, leave a comment below or write a post this week and send me your link so I can include it.

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Update: The ongoing Reading Challegne for September is to Make a list of five to ten books for your lifetime pursuit reading list and begin reading one this month.

Rachel at Idaho Cheney’s made her list, and she’s still looking for a suggestion for #10. Rachel, thanks for participating.

Do you want to try it with us? I’ll post my list on the last day of September and publish any other links that day, too.

Join in by trying the challenges with me, commenting, linking, or suggesting a challenge. If you want to write a post on your blog about what happened when you took the challenge, I will publish your link. Just link to my website in your post and send me your link. Feel free to use the TIWMT image in your post.

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