I like routines, do you? – A Fresh Perspective


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I am in year 3 of my blog.

In the early days of this blog, there are posts that received little exposer.

I have a new category ‘Reruns – A Fresh Perspective’.  This category reposts these earlier posts that received little exposer and a fresh perspective on how I feel about them today.

This post was originally posted on May 15, 2015 –



1. a sequence of actions regularly followed; a fixed program.

“I settled down into a routine of work and sleep”

synonyms: procedure, practice, pattern, drill, regimen;

I like routines, do you?  We all have them in our everyday life; we follow them without even thinking about them.  We have routines in all parts of our lives: personal, work, social, family, relationships.

Think about it, everything we do every day is a routine.  What do you do first thing in the morning upon rising?  How do you dress yourself, left sock first or right sock first?  How do you open your car door and what is the first thing you do in the car, start it first and then put your seat belt on or buckle your seat belt then start the car?  Do you have a routine of what time to eat your meals every day, when to exercise, when to run errands or what day of the week to do laundry?

I like routines, do you?  I like them because for me personally they keep me stable, sane and balanced.  Routines are constant and constant is familiarity: knowing something, feeling close to it and feeling good about it.  Routines that are constant keep us focused and not having to put much effort into them, they are as natural as breathing, sleeping, seeing, hearing and thinking.  They just occur and we let them take us through our day.

I like routines, do you?  Routines can sometimes not be good for us and may even cause harm, pain, heartache, suffering, stagnation and yes even death.  Am I the only one who thinks about these things, about routines and how they control us?  Really think about it.  I have routines I live by every day of my life, both good ones and bad ones.  I allow them to control me to the point, that if one routine changes, it causes me to become disturbed and I let the change in routine ruin my day.  I am trying to change the results I experience due to the changed routines in my life.  Doing things differently is good at times, some routines need to be changed and with that change brings acceptance and freedom.

I like routines, do you?


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A Fresh Perspective –

I still like my routines, but I no longer allow them to control me and ruin my day if they change.  When this post was originally published Gary and I were living in a 4000-sq. ft. home and therefore I had my time and space to myself in the mornings, which I greatly enjoyed.  Today we live in a 300-sq. ft. RV and the morning routine at times changes daily.  And that is okay, I have learned to let go and as they say, ‘Go with the flow’.

38 thoughts on “I like routines, do you? – A Fresh Perspective

  1. I pretty much do live by routine in a lot of aspects. Things do change however now and then, so I basically just take things as they come. I know what I need to do in a day and what I should accomplish so that always is at the back of my mind. There just must be a good balance I think. Hoping you are well today. 🙂 x

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    • I have very little routines now and if they do not go as planned, I do not let it upset me. Now that I have some major changes in my life recently, I have found I really no longer need many routines any longer. My day has been long, more on that to come – I am okay, really tired, I appreciate you asking. Thank you Lynne, you are always making me smile! 🙂

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    • Yes, I agree Nadine – I found when I had lots of routines and they were interrupted, that would upset me, now I have less routines and just go with the flow and have less stress. Thanks for your comment – hope you are having a great day. 🙂


  2. They’re okay but I can take them or leave them. LOL I do put my left sock on first. I put my left shoe on first. I weigh every morning, hoping to see a number above a buck. Other than that, I just kind of fly by the seat of my pants.
    Hugs to you and Gary. 🙂

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    • Yes, those small routines we all do everyday without thinking about them. I use to put my shoes and socks on right first, I changed and do my left first. Small changes make a big difference. Thanks Laurel – we appreciate the hugs. 🙂

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  3. Being a member of the ADHD club, I need routines. It’s mandatory for me. I have a strict morning routine and the rest of the day is free willy. But, when I get up to get ready for the day, if I do one thing out of order, it throws everything off. I will forget to brush my teeth if I decide to skip it and do something first and come back to it. I gotta brush my teeth…..lol Just how some of us ADHD folks are. The rest of the day is so out of routine, not sure it’s really too good for me, but it gives me some freedom to veer off the path. I’m disabled, so my days are pretty boring, except for all the doctor appointments. So, I can make up the rest of the day. Then, at the end of the day, I have a similar routine as the one I use in the morning only it’s in reverse. 🙂 Peace out!

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    • Oh yes, I understand about the morning routine and the end of the day routine. When I was working, the morning routine was very important and similar to you I would be thrown off if something changed. Now that I have cancer, the routines don’t seem as important anymore. I still have things that bother me because of the ADHD and ODD, but I have learned to not let them bother me as much. I appreciate you stopping by to read and comment. 🙂

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    • I actually use to do that – ate the same food everyday for about 10 years. Those were my healthy years. Routines are good, I like them, but I have learned I need to be open to changes. Look forward to seeing you Kerry, hope you have a great weekend. 🙂

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  4. Routine… proof life is inherently double-edged.

    What carves the way will eventually cut… you.

    I’ve realized similar situations. Good retrospective. 😊

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  5. I have an OCD personality which heightens acutely when I am anxious. I try very hard to control it as it strains my relationships when it is running wild. When I am not so anxious I am able to be much more freewheeling … somewhere there is a balance I guess but mostly I have yet to find it 😦

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    • Osyth, I can only say, just keep trying to find the balance, it will be worth it. I understand the OCD, I have it as well – not as bad as I once did. I appreciate you very much and wish you all the best in life. 🙂

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