Today’s Mandala Message: Use Routines to Your Advantage
This week I’m working through Principles #21 and #22 from Jack Canfield’s “The Success Principles” entitled “Keep Score For Success” and “Practice Persistence”, respectively. I set my intention today to ponder the idea of having routines. Canfield shared a story about a wannabe author who was a stay-at-home mom who in order to get any writing done, had to set up a routine around the comings and goings of her family; without it, she would never have finished her book and had it published. Since then she has published over 100 books, with many on the NYTimes Bestsellers List, and 3 that were turned into movies.
Growing up, my mom had a housekeeping routine. Everyday of the week had a specific set of tasks, usually room-by-room. For instance, Wednesday’s with dusting/vacuuming the main living areas. Thursday’s was the kitchen (clean out the refrigerator, wash down the cabinet doors, scrub and re-wax the floor, etc). As a grown up I see the value in this type of routine…unfortunately, I still harbor some resentment towards housekeeping…especially since I was the only one of my siblings subjected to this routine…my brothers never had to do any housework. ….but I digress.
I have to admit I have a love/hate relationship with routines. I have proven to myself over and over again that when I have a routine, I make greater progress than I do without them. Routines tend to have a negative spin about them (ie: routine=rut) and yet when properly set up and adhered to, they offer us the greatest support.
So how about you? Do you work better with routines? Do you resist having routines preferring to work as the spirit moves you? How does that work for you?
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