the importance of routine

Wake Up and Smell the RoutineSchool. Starts. Today.  And I am one happy MOM.

Toes in the SandAs much as I’ve loved summer’s more leisurely mornings and unscheduled evenings, my twin boys thrive on a routine … and I do, too.

Motivation versus HabitAre you familiar with The Power of Full Engagement, a book by Tony Schwartz and Jim Loehr?  It’s a fascinating read … and I think I need a refresher!  One of the fundamental principles (my words, not theirs) of the book is that we only have so much bandwidth.  The more we can do to create routines that support our goals and priorities, the better off we are.  Because then we don’t even have to think!

Orchids in Juliska VaseI have really missed my school-year Monday morning routine.  Every Monday, after I drop the kids off at school, I make three stops — the gas station (Costco), the car wash (Wiki Wiki) and the grocery store (Whole Foods).  By 9:30 am, I have a clean car, a full tank of gas, lunch box staples and fresh flowers.  And I start the week feeling good!

Secret of Success is Daily RoutineI have a few more routines that I would like to re-establish … and now is as good a time as any.  Tops on my list?  A reasonable bedtime (for myself!), regular exercise, taming the laundry monster, and family meetings.

What routines have you missed?

Top graphic via youngfolksociety on Tumblr.  All other photos and graphics via moi.  


sundays with joy: a mighty purpose

Joy In Being Used For a Purpose Other Than Yourself George Bernard ShawIt’s awfully easy to get caught up in “a feverish selfish little clod of ailments and grievances.”  And isn’t that a vivid picture?  But I’d rather be used for a mighty purpose.

Here’s to keeping it all in perspective … even when it’s been one of those weeks!

traci zeller