Daily Prompt: Comfort Zone by michelle w. on March 15, 2013 What are you more comfortable with — routine and planning, or laissez-faire spontaneity?
As you may guess from my title, I used to plan everything! I’d make detailed agendas with every thirty minutes filled in. It was so over-the-top (read: obsessive) with “planning” that my husband would ask if I had to pencil in bathroom breaks.
That isn’t too terrible, you may think. But, I’m also a major perfectionist. I had to re-do my list, usually in longhand, until it was immaculate. I would literally spend all day making a one week schedule.
And, you know what? I never followed the “program” for more than one day, if that. Therefore I accomplished nothing! I had nothing to show for my planning, but an extremely detailed itinerary that usually went in the trash.
Therefore, I resolved to try to establish routines. Instead of a particular time for everything, I tried doing things in a certain order. Best of all, I allowed myself to not be as meticulous about it. Therefore, routines worked a lot better! I actually went to the gym 2-5 times per week. I wrote on two or more days per week and I felt a lot better about myself!
But, why is that in past tense? Because I stopped going to the gym twice a week and I stopped writing twice a week. I don’t know when that happened, but I need to go back to my routine. I can do a few things with spontaneity, but writing or going to the gym are not among them.
Therefore, my answer to the question from the Daily Prompt is this: I need a routine! I might be able to mix in a little spontaneity here and there, but I definitely would not call it “laissez-faire” because my routine has to come first!