I thrive on routines. I love my planners. Seriously, I regularly
use about six planners to keep me on track, and that’s not even
counting my writing planner, where I plot out books and
I used to make a fall schedule, winter schedule, spring schedule,
and summer schedule and stick to them religiously. Of course my
kids were small and sticking to schedules was very important. I
had reading time on the daily schedule and we read daily. We
read a lot of books. Reading is important. As far as I can
remember, we lived by the schedule religiously. We had to.
Sometimes there were soccer practices. Sometimes church. But now
they are not little and they make and have their own schedules.
I’ve gone a long time without seasonal schedules because my work
schedules always ignored the seasons. But now I’ve created a new
fall schedule. It feels good to have a change, even if it’s just a
small one like get groceries on a different day, or have a
different sleeping schedule, or even throw in a library day. Or
maybe a coffee day. There is something comforting about a
schedule. A routine. Something to count on. I like knowing
what’s going to happen next.
This is why I always enjoy a movie better the second time
around if there’s a lot of action in it. I don’t like tension and
I like to know if someone’s going to die in a movie. That’s why
once I see it, I will really enjoy seeing it again. If I’m with
someone who’s already seen the movie before, I need them to tell
me in advance who dies, etc. I’m weird like that. I’m the
opposite way with books. I don’t want to know anything until it
But back to schedules and routines. I always feel happier when
I’m in a routine. There is security to it. I think that’s why I
feel so good about my 12-week-year experiment. I have my next
twelve weeks laid out and I know what I’m going to be working
on each week.
I’m going to focus on getting one area in line at a time,
starting with my writing career. Once my work hours are under
control, then I’ll focus on getting my housework systems under
The good thing is, I’m an optimist.