Max (hawkida) wrote,

How common is "routine"? It struck me this morning as I pulled stuff out of the still-unpacked suitcase that I wasn't dressed yet and it was less than 15 minutes before I needed to leave the house. But it didn't matter because apart from putting stuff in my bag and putting on clothes I was ready.

The first thing that happens in the morning is the alarm goes off. Beyond that there is no routine. Maybe I'll doze for a few minutes, maybe I'll get straight up. I might go downstairs or into the bathroom - whichever, I switch on the computer first to update the weight chart and check emails.

One thing that is routine is that I log off by 7am (I get up at around 6.30 and may spend anything between 5 and 30 minutes online). I aim to be done by 7am by the computer clock which is usually around 10 minutes slow.

Downstairs, for background noise and a bit of jollity I put on The Big Breakfast but I don't really pay it much attention apart from while I eat breakfast. This takes all of five minutes.

But the point is, there are a set number of things that need to be done. Teeth cleaned, face washed, deoderant and body spray applied, get dressed, put things in the bag for people at work or people I'll see after work. Make and eat breakfast. Check email and respond if appropriate to some of them. Brush hair. Put the camera in my bag if I've been unloading pictures from it. Take echinacea capsules if appropriate and pocket some for with lunch. Maybe put washing out to dry or put washing on and leave a note for it to be put out. Perhaps write a cheque for the window cleaners, or put the phonebill and cheque into an envelope for posting.

This whole range of stuff and no particular order to do it in. I prefer the variety to a rigid routine to follow. But is that normal? If so, why do people talk about "the daily routine" as though there's actually some repetition and familiarity to it? I don't keep the rest of my life in any better order than the pre-work bit and starting to wonder whether that's atypical.
Tags: being odd, routine

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