I love learning about people’s routines and systems. But the reality is that almost all routines and systems wind up changing over time. These things are often more snapshots in time than anything else.
For instance, a few years ago, I embarked on a running streak — running every single day. I wound up doing this for 1100 straight days. (The streak ended, not coincidentally, on kid #5’s birthday.)
These days, I’m not running as many times per week. Instead, I’ve been switching things up more. This week Monday I worked out with my trainer. Tuesday afternoon I biked for 50 minutes on a local trail. On Wednesday a friend and I went hiking on a different trail. Today, I did a trail run on a different part of that same trail system. I might wind up biking again this weekend — we shall see! Since I’m not training for anything in particular, I figure exercise is exercise, and changing things up keeps me at least somewhat more interested in the process.
As for meals, for the past few years we’ve done breakfast for dinner on Wednesdays, and make-your-own-pizza night on Fridays. But with some changing childcare hours and such, I wound up shifting this around this week, and probably will in future weeks too. We did breakfast for dinner on Tuesday. We will do make-your-own-pizza tonight (Thursday). Honestly the Thursday spot works a little better for this as the kid who doesn’t like that meal is gone at dinner time and then the pizzas can be made quickly in a window that is available for everyone else.
Anyway, there’s no deeper point to this post, other than that routines change. So it goes. Part of the theoretical upside of routines is that you don’t have to think about them…except you’re likely going to have to think about them at some point. You maybe just think about them a little less than if you’re making it up as you go.
Have you changed any routines lately?