Routine

Life is good and I am content. But I have to do whatever it takes to create and stick to my routine because not only will this allow me to see the big picture and maintain what I already have, but also to evolve and make progress in each aspect of my life. The thing is, routine can get mundane– the key is to find joy in the simple things and find excitement in day to day activities. What I really want to work on is to find the balance between productivity and routine while still remaining relatively carefree and spontaneous when possible- I have to be happy amidst chaos and not let small things stress me out! Focusing on the small individual tasks of the day will get me towards my greatest goals, so I have to find the perfect balance of routine and happiness. Of course some days will be worse than others, but if happiness depends on perfection then it will never come. If happiness depends on simple pleasures in each moment and appreciating the things I do have, then it will be impossible not to be happy. 

“For most of life, nothing wonderful happens. If you don’t enjoy getting up and working and finishing your work and sitting down to a meal with family or friends, then the chances are that you’re not going to be very happy. If someone bases his happiness or unhappiness on major events like a great new job, huge amounts of money, a flawlessly happy marriage or a trip to Paris, that person isn’t going to be happy much of the time. If, on the other hand, happiness depends on a good breakfast, flowers in the yard, a drink or a nap, then we are more likely to live with quite a bit of happiness.” -Andy Rooney

In terms of my own daily routine, I have decided to take advantage of working three days a week, and use my other two weekdays to be productive as well; on one day, I can focus on extra-curricular activities or volunteering, and on the second day I can run errands and get my ongoing tasks of daily life done. This way, I can actually be off on the weekends and take time to relax on my own or have fun with family and friends. I came across an amazing app called Balanced, in which you can keep track of things you want to do each day as part of your routine, and motivate yourself to do them more often. Below are screenshots of my list (I realize they are all “late” but I just haven’t been checking them off as I do them, lol), color-coded into the different areas I want to focus on. 


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