There’s a part of me that longs to live a life of spontaneity and freedom, deciding on a whim moment by moment where to go and what to do.
But even if I put aside minor issues like finances and family responsibilities, I know I wouldn’t actually enjoy this approach anyway.
For me, boring as it may sound, routines and habits are the absolute pillars of my life, helping me stay relatively healthy and stable, and getting anything meaningful done.
So after a period of trying to just write when I felt like it – then realising I never found myself twiddling my thumbs with a free chunk of time to do that, so nothing got written at all – I’m returning to a more regular routine of writing for 35hunter.
The trick for me has always been to find an existing routine and latch something else on to it. So you’re not creating a whole new habit from scratch, just expanding one that’s already there and working.
Everyone has these habit anchors, even if you need to go back to absolute fundamentals we all share, like the times we sleep and eat.
My oldest son has been trampolining for some years, and the gym is far enough away to make it more sensible to wait for him than go to and fro twice.
Plus of course it’s more economical, and the majority of our car fuel expenditure is for this purpose.
So I have two and half hours, twice a week, to use as I see fit while waiting for his class to finish.
Part of this I use to watch films or episodes – something I hardly do the rest of the week.
I start work fairly early, and in the evening, by the time the kids are in bed, I have just about time to relax a little with my wife, complete my daily yoga, and read a few pages of a book. (Routines again, you see!)
But I’ve also committed a significant part of this gym class waiting time to blogging again.
I’ve been blogging on at least one blog or another since 2004, so I’ve plenty of experience in what works.
And in terms of writing, regular sessions each week are what keeps me going and gets the words out there.
So why try to change what isn’t broken?
How about you? How much does routine play a part in your life – with photography, writing, and everything else?
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