This song was not very high on the charts at the time but it is beautiful.
Today, it seems as though all of us have some sort of set routine that helps us through the day. Some people are very laid back when it comes to scheduling. For others, it can be very frustrating to have to deal with disruptions. After losing my sight 8 years ago, I had to re-learn how to do all the “work things” I had done so well to adapt it to a life without eye sight. Talk about major disruption…
When we are children, our routine is set for us: school hours, homework, set mealtimes and bedtimes, and so on. Once we get to college our timetable relaxes, but sometimes we do as well. Unless you are really motivated, it can be tempting to skip school, party like a rock star, and avoid all routine.
Once we are old enough to seek a full-time job, the nine-to-five routine might disrupt our more relaxed lifestyle. Or, the opposite might happen. We get so used to the nine to five that we have a hard time coping with doing anything else.
The main reason disruptions are so disturbing is that any disruption is usually triggered by circumstances beyond our control. This can make us feel very trapped and resentful because we can’t do much about what’s happened except cope with the challenge as best we can.
It can also be because of the pressure and stress we are already under in order to meet a deadline. The last thing we need is someone coming into our cubicle or office to chat, or worse still, to hand us an emergency project that needs to be done right away when we had our whole day already planned out. Unwanted phone calls, the children getting sick… all of these can make us feel like pressure cookers about to explode.
Going on vacation can be wonderful, but travel, different time zones, a different bed, food and so on, are all major disruptions to your routine. Some people hate traveling for this very reason.
So what are some of the best ways to cope with major disruptions to your routine? Here are a few suggestions:
Expect Interruptions a Couple of Times a Day
You will be less stressed if you accept they are a part of daily life and therefore not worth getting upset about. Roll with the changes and your day will roll on by with only a bump here or there that you will hardly notice if you don’t get tense and angry about it.
Build Breaks into Your Schedule
A to-do list and calendar are essential tools for keeping to a regular routine and getting everything done that needs to be accomplished within that routine. But it is important to build breaks into your schedule for two reasons. The first is of course that you can’t work all day without bathroom and food breaks, and a bit of down time.
The second reason is that if we don’t schedule things on our calendars, chances are they will never happen. Pencil in some down time, relaxation time, and exercise in 30-minute blocks throughout the day. If you don’t make them one day because something major comes up, that’s fine. If you start missing your breaks and workouts all the time, though, there’s clearly something wrong with your routine and work-life balance.
I recently purchased an Apple Watch and it has been a breath of fresh air for me. I have a reminder set every hour to take a minute to stand and to take deep cleansing breaths. Just that moment to stop, take a minute to change positions or relax my mind makes the day better than it would have been.
Learn to Say No
If you’re a “people pleaser” whose plate tends to get really full because you have a hard time saying no to people, practice saying it. It’s great to want to help others, but not at the expense of your own sanity and health.
Try these techniques and see what a difference they make to your day. Do you have any tips? I would love to hear them in the comments below.