I long to be a creature of habit. I yearn to have a consistent schedule. A daily routine that includes sleep, exercise, healthy food, work, relaxation and fun. Yet, I can never seem to maintain a successful formula for a long period of time.
Yes…I know change is good and I’m not looking to do the exact same thing over and over again for the rest of my life. I’m just looking for a general routine to live by. I believe that if I can get the right mix of activities in a day, at the right time, that everything will be…well…perfect.
I’ve tried all sorts of variations of my routine in my search for schedule success. I’ve tried going to work early, so I could head to the gym immediately after and then eat dinner as I enjoyed my reality television. I’ve also tried waking up at 6 a.m. every morning and going for a run, so that after work I have time to cook dinner, relax and hang out. I’ve tried only eating take out, I’ve tried skipping exercise all together and I’ve even tried skimping out on sleep – all in an effort to save time.
Most recently, I’ve come to accept that I am not a morning person and I’ve decided that I will not wake up before it’s absolutely necessary. I have to be at work at 8:30 a.m. so the the first thing I do in the morning is go to work. I don’t even take the time to eat before work. I grab a bagel and a coffee and eat breakfast at my desk.
The only downside to this plan is that I have to do everything else I want to do, after work. So far, I haven’t been so good at fitting everything in.
There are those perfect days where I come home from work, head out for a run, cook a healthy dinner, play with my dog and watch a reality show. But…there’s also many days when I come home, skip the run and veg out on the couch, as I eat chocolate and drink wine.
So, I admit, I’m still struggling to find the perfect routine to fit everything into my day. I guess I’ll just keep changing until I find the perfect way to stay the same.