I like routine, but it’s easy to get stuck in a rut without realising it.
Get up, have breakfast, go to work, get home, eat dinner, go to bed. The same thing, five days a week.
Not long ago someone asked me what I did in the evenings after work. They were not very impressed when I outlined my routine. Panicking that I was becoming some sort of recluse, I asked some of my friends what they do, to compare notes. I was worried that they were going to tell me that they go out to glamorous networking events, parties and evening classes. I was relieved when most of them said that they go home, watch Netflix and go to bed.
I just can’t function having a late night on a work day. I do occasionally, but once in a while is all I can manage. I feel better knowing that many of the teachers I work with go to bed by 9 pm. This 9 to 5 malarkey is exhausting and for many people there is more work they need to do once they clock off.
When I get home, my evenings seems to disappear in the blink of an eye, so I have resolved to make some small changes so that my days don’t all blur into one.
I’ve decided to watch less TV and read more, or do a bit of exercise. Now the evenings are lighter I am enjoying sitting in my garden. It’s nice to clear my head with a bit of fresh air after a busy day.
I’ve come to realise that every person either has a different routine or may not have a routine at all. One size doesn’t fit all and we shouldn’t get all judge-y about what other people do. I admire the early birds that get up at 5am to go to the gym, and the night owls who attend social events after work. I’m going to try to find a happy medium.
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