INSPIRED | THE ROUTINE

 

Hello lovelies, today I’m back with another “Inspired” session. I was originally going to make this a fashion post but I couldn’t get myself to write about what’s been inspiring me lately fashion-wise so I have this quote instead!

Lately, I’ve been thinking about routines. Two years ago, I wouldn’t have even contemplated establishing any type of daily routine; I was a strong believer in making sure every day was different and I thought routines were boring. Enter in college, the place where you can make your own schedule before the real world almost dictates it for you with the typical 9-5 job and adult responsibilities.

It’s true that college does have a somewhat set schedule, but there’s also a lot of flexibility that comes with it. You have classes at different times on different days, and sometimes they get cancelled. Some students work, while others are involved in extracurricular activities. You create your own schedule based on your preferences and needs.

When I first started college, I didn’t have a daily routine, but I did like to plan things out. However, once I realized how much freedom I had, I started saying yes to spontaneous adventures with friends, and it was really fun. I don’t regret it because I’ve had some of the happiest times of my life so far and I know these are memories that I’ll be able to look back on and smile about years from now.

However, in the last few weeks, I’ve been feeling a shift and I’m not sure how to feel about it, but I think this quote captures it perfectly. “My heart swings back and forth between the need for routine and the urge to run.” 

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I was held back from being able to do a lot of things when I was younger because those were the rules my parents gave me. When I was released from those rules, I ran with it and did as much as I could. I do still have urges to go out and have fun, but now I also like to stay in and relax. I never thought I would be a person that would want to have a daily routine; yet somehow, it’s beginning to appeal to me.

All of a sudden, I feel the need to have structure and something comfortable, which I suppose a routine is just that. In a perfect world, I would be a morning person. I would work out, go to class and work, and then come home to work on homework, all while maintaining a healthy lifestyle and social life. However, realistically, I know that that’s a pretty demanding schedule.

I think my ultimate fear is that I don’t want to become one of those boring people who are too tied to their daily routine to try something new. I don’t want to lose my spontaneity. But I think if I approach this right, I can have a daily routine and still enjoy some freedom. Here are the guidelines I’ve made up for myself that you can also try:

1. Learn to say no.

People are always going to offer fun ideas and it’ll be tempting to spontaneously throw away your plans for the day (I would know, haha). But if you need to get things done, sometimes you have to turn down those plans. In order to make progress, sometimes you have to be selfish and focus on yourself.

2. Plan it out.

This goes back to my days of being a person who liked to plan out every aspect of my life. I don’t think I could be as extreme as I used to be because there’s something thrilling about impromptu adventures. But I do want to get back on track with some sort of schedule.

I’m currently looking for the perfect daily planner because I’ve realized how much I dislike weekly ones. What works best for me is being able to plan out my day by the hour since my daily life changes all the time and also have room to write down assignments, upcoming events, and other tasks.

3. Adapt.

When life throws a curveball, we need to adapt and that can mean that sometimes your day will not go as planned. But it’s important to be able to adapt to the situation and make the necessary changes to the day that will still allow you to be productive.

4. You can always change your mind.

A routine is, by definition, a sequence of actions regularly followed. But these actions can always be changed. Just because you’ve set a routine down doesn’t mean it can’t be adjusted. Schedules should be met with trial and error; it’s not like you’ll get it right the first time.

For instance, you might realize that you hate working out in the morning and you prefer night exercise. And if you have a lifestyle that is constantly changing, maybe you’ll need to set up several different routines. This is what I think will work best for me. The comfort of having a routine, but the enjoyment of still having different types of days from different routines.

So will I give in to my need of a routine or will I run?…

So that’s what has been on my mind lately; I apologize for the lengthy post but I do hope it was still an enjoyable read. Let me know what you think about routines in the comments below; are they absolutely essential to your daily life or are you a free spirit who could never live with a schedule? I’d love to know your thoughts. Thank you so much for reading and I’ll see you lovelies next week. ♥

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