I am, as you know, a great advocate for setting in stone, the routines and rituals that help you give your days both shape and sanity in a world that all too often lacks both.
I tell you to write these routines down in your planner: to become bonkers-crazy evangelical about sticking to them. About using them as a framework, for satisfying, creative and productive days. When you drop the ball, I tell you not to berate yourself, but to gently gather up the reigns and start again. You know the drill don’t you? Heaven knows I have been writing about it for the best part of ten years…
What I have never told you is why it is essential to re-visit your routines and rituals regularly and to try to establish which are still a good fit and which are exhausting you simply by you all too often imagining that they SHOULD be done when they no longer NEED to be done.
You see it happens to us all: life changes. Work rota’s are turned upside down or kids grow up and regard games night as something that requires regular rolling of their eyes in order to be survived without admitting that they once enjoyed it. The hour you used to enjoy taking a bath is suddenly consumed by the need to help unwilling children tackle their homework, or the time you once spent scrubbing the bathroom tiles is cut in half by the purchase of a really rather fabulous hand-held steamer.
Yesarooney: life changes. And often we don’t even notice until we are living in chaos, trying to enforce routines that no longer serve a purpose, and feeling disappointed with ourselves (and seething with others!) on a regular basis.
The answer my lovelies? A Routine and Ritual Review. Tomorrow I will post my own review on-line and thereafter a list of my own re-invented routines and rituals you can use as inspiration should you wish, in the FREE download I will issue on Wednesday….
Happy Monday Housekeepers. Let’s get this show on the road again…