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The first task I am working on is evaluating my schedule and my routines. Recently, I read Daily Rituals: How Artists Work (affiliate link*) which inspired me with vignettes about how famous artists schedule their lives. Some of the stories were amusing, a few of them a tad scary, and I took away quite a few new ideas.
I have a basic schedule form on my website, and I use this exact form to schedule my week. Since I am visually oriented, I color-code my schedule, using blue for Church and service times, yellow for meal times, lavender for rest times, pink and aqua for work-at-home times, and green for work-away times. I leave blank those precious hours for which nothing is scheduled.
I also keep formal bedtime, morning, and mid-day routines. I am seriously re-evaluating those routines. The bedtime routine, for me, is the most important, for it helps me to wind down after my long, busy day and sets the tone for the next morning. Still, I have found that in the last few months, I need more self-care than in times past. This change may be part of the natural aging process that will be permanent or perhaps due to other stresses and strains that I hope are not permanent. I am starting to feel a bit peppier in the mornings, so I am considering adding a few more activities to my morning routine, which will relieve me of a few mid-day tasks.
I hope that my little "woman-to-woman" ideas have helped.
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