A Good Routine

Hibiscus from my yard.

A good routine is hard to come by. I have to really work at it. My Meyers-Briggs personality test says that I love my calendar  . . . but . . . if something better comes along, out it goes. I’d rather seize the moment to just hang out, be, and drink the world in.

But, that’s not helpful and, really, not at all healthy for me.

As I’ve stated here before, I now get up each morning (and go out in the evening, too) and let the dogs walk me. If I don’t make myself stick to this routine each day, things don’t accomplished. My daily routine gets all out of whack and suddenly my house looks more unkept, my work at the office isn’t as effective, and suddenly I’m overwhelmed as to where to start over. Then, it’s much more work to get things back to a good semblance of order. It’s truly how organizing one thing in your life can effectively change the rest of it, too.

A good example of this is the plant life around my home. Rhonda and I joke about our black thumbs. We’ve neglected so many plants around our home over the years that had we not spent the money on them in the first place, we probably could have helped service the national debt. In Houston, if you don’t really give your plants daily attention, they won’t survive the oppressive heat and humidity. This week, I changed my routine and one of my plants paid for it.

Part of my new plan is that I water every plant in sight. This has helped reduce the decline of plant life at our home. On Friday, due to a change in some plans, I didn’t water on Friday morning. It just didn’t happen. By the time I came to my senses, our Hibiscus tree had paid the price.

That’s the photo above. It’s probably going to make it but it’s beautiful coloring has changed.  The blooming has stopped, and now the once gorgeous plant has had to pull back just to survive. It will probably take a good couple of weeks of attention to detail to get it back healthy. I’m going to have to spend time making sure that it gets what it needs — extra watering, maybe a little fertilizer, which will then cause me to have to water more. Now, time AND expense are involved.

Just a small amount of attention to a daily detail — watering — would have stopped this entire turn of events. That’s how things end up so crazy in our lives — we turn our attention to something at the expense of something else. Both things may be valuable and tough choices may have to be made. Not making planned choices can end up costing us — causing us to have to transfer time and attention from various places in our lives.

Now, I’m not going all obsessive compulsive. That’s taking things too far and too unhealthy. And, as a friend of mine once said, “Sometimes, you have to throw all the Legos on the floor and see what gets built.” What I am saying, though, is that a reasonable, maintained routine will help you find time to do the things you want. Don’t neglect an area but strategically plan how to accomplish those things if you have to alter your plan. But, have a plan and do your best to stick to it.

And, if you do that, you’ll find much more time to appreciate worshipping the Holy.

Published by Matt

Creative Arts developer, planner, husband, and father. I direct choirs, make graphic art, and film, photograph and work daily to foster an experience with the Holy.

2 thoughts on “A Good Routine

  1. Well said! And certainly appropriate for me today. My Facebook post was something to the effect of…where did the time go and why haven’t I accomplished more! (And I don’t spend much time on FB at all…just needed a quick break from whatever it was I was doing!)
    From my distracted, rambling self this morning…I like the strategically planning suggestion…but in order to plan, I must first prioritize. I know it’s part of the planning process…but it’s all important and must get done. So where do I start and where do I go from here? Just wondering!

    1. Pick one thing and start there. Commit do doing that one thing. Do that thing every day — I think it is best if it is at the beginning of your day. Start it off with an accomplishment. Once you have success with that, add another. Metaphorically, if you try to turn over all the new leaves in one day, you will still end up with a yard full of leaves to rake. So, pick one thing, set it up for success, and it will lead to a chain of successes.

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