In Pursuit of an Organized Life

. . . putting life in order

Adaptability vs Routine

on September 15, 2012

I have transitioned past the point where I feel like I can survive  returning back to work.  I’m still trying to figure out how I can get everything I want to get done at home and at work, but it doesn’t seem like some un-achievable task anymore.

I’m trying to find the balance between planning and routine and flexibility and adaptability.   On one hand,  I know that if I don’t plan when I will get tasks done, the tasks won’t get done.   The other part of me says that I have to take it day by day and be gentle with myself and do what I can.  I want to make a commitment to exercise, get the house clean, and spend quality time with the girls and my husband.  I also know that there are days when I need to focus on self care.

I haven’t found a system  to get that balance.  I know I like having the house at a basic level of cleanliness.  I can relax better if I don’t have to see a pile of clutter and a list of chores I should do.  I know I feel better when I work out.  I know I want to spend quality time with my girls.  I know I will have to take some work home since I can’t stay late or arrive early.

It’s just how to plan and schedule.  Do I do a task from each category daily?  Do I schedule vertically and have Mondays be workout, Tuesdays family, etc?
Do I not schedule and just let the mood and situations of the day guide my actions?  How do I not place pressure on myself while still head in the direction I want to go?  Having a schedule can make you feel accountable and takes out some decision making, but it also can lead to rigidity of doing something even if it doesn’t make sense for that day.  I could plan and then life happens and I have to real plan.  Or I can not plan and regret choices I made because they are the easiest, but not necessarily the best long term decision.   Ah, life.  If you have the answer, let me know.

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