I find comfort in rituals. There are certain things I do a certain way that help to keep me focused and on track. And before you go thinking I'm OCD, I'll tell you that it's ok if those rituals and routines get jumbled up. I just might skip something.
You see, that's why I have them. I find my thoughts so scattered that I can hardly keep track of what step I'm on. In the morning I hit auto-pilot and check out. Then I don't have to think about what's next or even what I'm doing.
Every morning I follow the same routine. Make a cup of coffee, sit at the computer, blog, read a blog or two, shower, leave for work.
In the shower it's shampoo, conditioner, wash face, shave, soap, rinse, done. It's happened many times that I get all jammed up and miss a step. Like washing my face. Or conditioner. It's happened.
Work is set up too. I know how long it takes to run my morning reports so when I get there it's turn on computer, start reports, email, assemble reports, voicemail, meeting.
I know there are folks out there more willing to fly by the seat of their pants and that works for them. But I find comfort in my morning rituals. By not having to think about what's next in the shower, I can think about other things. Prepare for the day, ponder on a dream from that night, or just not think at all and let the hot water wash everything away.
Sometimes I find I'm very attached to the routine of it all. It really is comforting to me. But if I get so attached to the routine of it all, then is there some nuance that I'm missing? If I'm keeping my head down and trudging along on a predetermined path, then certainly there are things being missed. The happy medium for me? Where there are routines but also comfort and ability to make room for other things.
There was a time last year that I was very present in my life. Enjoying the right now, I noticed all sorts of things and learned many things about me and my personality and how I operate. What's important to me. What doesn't matter at all.
The point? While routines are comforting and good, I need to take more time and slow it all down. Stop worrying about the next thing and get back to where I enjoy just where I am at that very moment.