I was listening to The Beatles the other day and the song “A Day in the Life” came on. I love this song and a certain part of the lyrics hit me and it made me start to wonder…
“Woke up, fell out of bed, dragged a comb across my head. Found my way downstairs and drank a cup and looking up I noticed I was late. Found my coat and grabbed my hat, made the bus in seconds flat…” copyright by Lennon/McCartney 1967.
It made me wonder how many people have a daily routine and how many people just go through life without any rhyme or reason to their day. You would think I would be one of those no rhyme or reason people because of the whole squiggle line thing, but surprisingly, no I am not. I have a daily to do list that I try to follow. I don’t have to do it in any particular order and if certain things don’t get done, well, that’s ok because sometimes the day does get away from me. Sometimes Neil will take off of work or my sister and I get into one of our marathon conversations that covers everything from religion to if you morph Emilio Estevez and Charlin Sheen together, you get Martin Sheen. If this happens, and it happens quite a bit, I get right back into the groove and try to accomplish the most important things.
Some of my daily to do’s include my daily devotions, which is non-negotiable, first thing every morning. I check my social media and respond to people and post a couple of things. That is also a thing that gets done daily no matter what. Since I have the blog and am an independent consultant with my company networking is a big thing and really a big part of my jobs. Besides, I love to see what everyone is up to and looking at all the things, so you can just call me a social butterfly, LOL.
I also try to read and write daily. I switch back and forth between fiction and non-fiction and my goal is to read 52 books a year. I am usually reading 3 different books at the same time and pick up whatever I am in the mood for. Eventually they all get read. My daily writing could be anything from the blog to a journal entry to a writing prompt I found on Pinterest. I am currently in the middle of what I am hoping turns into a self-published E-book on Amazon, stay tuned.
I am usually listening to a podcast or two throughout the day as well. I am really into learning new things and personal development and have a few people I listen to weekly. So, when one of their podcasts is new, it goes on that day’s list.
Let’s not forget about exercise, I mean I wish I could but…I write it down daily, but this is the one that gets left off the list most. I really have to do better, even if I just go take a nice walk…hmmm…something to work on.
Anyway, those are most of the things that make up my daily routine. I try to make sure they all get done, even on the weekends. Most of the time it works in my favor, but even on the days it doesn’t that’s ok, because while I believe you need some structure in life, sometimes you need to have a Ferris Bueller day where you sneak away from the daily routine and go dance on a parade float.
***Question for the comments…do you have a daily routine? If you do, how strict are you with it? If not, are you still able to consistently get things done that you want to do?
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