It’s now August 1st, and this week I’ve figured out my summer routine.

A little late you think?

Truthfully, I think I’ve had the routine set all along, but just wasn’t ready to declare that this was, indeed, the way my days were going to run.

I have this fantasy about living life on a strict schedule.  I know that’s weird, especially in the 21st century when most people espouse the “go with the flow” mantra.  But if I’m OCD at all (and I might have to admit to a touch of that disorder), it’s about a schedule.  Like my two dogs, I much prefer to have everything go off like clockwork. They have an inner timepiece which rivals the atomic clock.  From walks to meals to bedtime, they are dead set on completing certain daily activities at specified times, and woe to the person who fails to comply with the schedule.

My mornings have become pretty predictable.  I get up, have coffee and read for an hour, then I exercise for another 30-45 minutes.  After that it’s breakfast for me, followed by walkies/breakfast for the dogs.  By 10:00, I like to be at my desk for the next two hours to write.  (I’m trying really hard to actually write during that time…not Facebook, Twitter, email, or any of those other ever-present distractions.)

Then it’s lunch time – which is my favorite meal of the day, and if you wonder why, you can read about it in an essay I wrote earlier this summer. Weather permitting, I’ll eat on the back porch and read, although sometimes (like today) I got distracted by a butterfly flitting around the trumpet vine and had to cut the reading time short.

In the afternoons I either work on office work, spend time with my mom, or do things around the house. I’ve been working on a closet/drawer cleaning project this summer, and now I’m about ready to take that a step further and tackle the basement (pray for me, people).

By 4:30-ish, I’m ready to stop and rest for a bit. This is where I’ll start getting things ready for dinner, maybe settle into my favorite chair and  check in with the ol’ Social Network.

So it appears that I have my schedule pretty well in hand.  I think I needed to write it all down to prove to myself that it really exists, and that I’m following it about 80% of the time – which isn’t a bad percentage for someone who’s only a teeny bit OC.  So if you’ve read this far, I appreciate your interest in the minutiae of my life, and your willingness to be a participant in my little personal therapy session.

Now, if you’ll excuse me, I see by the clock that it’s nearly 5:00, which according to the schedule is time for a glass of wine, an activity that is not to be missed.

How about you? Are you a compulsive schedule keeper, or do you prefer to go with the flow?


14 thoughts on “Clockwork

  1. I’m a scheduler, too, unfortunately, I have to work my schedule all around the office stuff that pays the bills. Sooooo still looking forward to retirement in a couple of years.

    • It’s been different having free time to plan on, instead of having to snatch it here and there in between work and family responsibilities. But I haven’t had any trouble getting used to it, that’s for sure!

  2. Ah, well, you know how I’m feeling about schedules these days. They’re strung tight as a drum throughout the work day and work week (though i cannot seem to leave the office on time and have been putting in an extra work day when all is counted and tallied).

    So the weekends are precious and need only include reading, writing and mopping floors in order for me to feel completely at ease and accomplished! However, I am crazy about being outdoors, and as you know (from watching that butterfly), the outdoors can sweep you into its natural rhythms and before you know it, time has passed. But I love the way time passes outdoors – it just rolls along.

    So my answer to your question is: I love some scheduling and some complete “go with the flow” time. Gotta have both. Without one, the other isn’t nearly as dear.

  3. How I wish I could join you on your back porch, hear more about your remembrances of our (great) grandmother and pet your dogs. Ah for the simple things.

  4. I like to keep a schedule most of the time. I find that my doing the same things day in and day out helps me to find purpose for living. I do find that I get tired of doing the same things over and over again. I think that it is good that you have set some sort of schedule and that it works for you.

  5. Yes, I was right there with you, all the way to the wine! I could really relate to this post… I stress a lot about having a schedule (or thinking I don’t have a schedule)… when I actually do. There is a general routine in which things run. The main thing I’m looking forward to when the school years starts is adding writing time in the late morning. Your writing time seems to sync with my desired writing time. I’ll be able to do that when D is in Kindergarten (tear) and B is in preschool 3 mornings a week.

  6. Well, I am sure you already know what I am going to say, Becca, since I am Mrs. Capital Go-With-The-Flow! I am on week eight of my summer off and looking back I am realizing that I have not achieved any of the things I had a vague plan about doing, such as organizing closets (yup, need to do that, too), framing pictures, declutter our basement and most of all my online life! I guess having my mother over for four weeks and traveling to Europe for two is a good excuse though. But the routine that I had in mind for myself for the summer never materialized. It is probably a good thing that I am going back to work soon, it seems like I need at least some structure provided for me! Mind you, you are quite the inspiration for me, I have to say. I love the sound of your routine 🙂

    • I actually end up “flowing away” from that routine more often than I admitted 😉 But it bothers me when I do – which I need to learn to let go of!

  7. I pretty much go with the flow as my hectic internationally commuting life doesn’t seem to permit much regularity at all. Yet I am convinced that regularity & routine gives peace of mind. Your schedule sounds very comforting and a good balance between hobby & getting things done

    • Thank you! Schedules ARE comforting, and that’s the word I needed to describe why I like mine so much 🙂
      Although some people thrive on unscheduled time – it’s all a matter of what makes you tick !

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