New month a good time to start new routines

As a child, I looked forward to August more than any other month of the year. It’s my birthday month and it’s back to school month — a duo of perfection in my world. August was, and still is for me, the month of new beginnings.

As an adult, I’ve tried to use August as my month to start new habits and routines (or as a time to improve old ones). These routines make it easier to keep the clutter out of my schedule and free up the rest of my time to do what it is I really want to do.

This August, I’m re-introducing my exercise routine now that my foot is healed. I have really missed running, and I’m glad to have the go-ahead from my foot and podiatrist to start moving.

Listed below are all of the routines we’ve written about in the past on Unclutterer. If you’re struggling with time management, or just looking for a more streamlined way to get through the day, one or more of these routines might have something to offer you:

Need hep sticking to a routine schedule? Check out our article “Ability to delay gratification can help with routine maintenance.”

11 Comments for “New month a good time to start new routines”

  1. posted by Melly on

    Great post. I’m struggling with EVERYTHING. Unemployment sure screws with my routine. I don’t think I really had much of a routine before, which is part of the problem 😉

  2. posted by Gunnar on

    I stopped reading when you wrote that you were happy when you could get back to school in August.

  3. posted by Erin Doland on

    @Gunnar — Ha! I loved school. I was one of _those_ kids 🙂

  4. posted by Kristin on

    Do you have suggestions for people who have a very un-routine schedule? I keep trying to implement morning/evening routines, but my “schedule” is never the same (sometimes I’m up at 5am, the next day at 8am, then I’m getting home at sometimes 7pm or midnight, and everywhere in between, and it’s different week to week). This makes it really hard to stick to anything…

  5. posted by Mletta on

    Routines can indeed help one accomplish many short- and long-term goals, whether personal or professional.

    But routines need to be re-examined periodically to see if they still fit based on changes in one’s life and goals.

    Nothing is worse than sticking with routines to the point of being inflexible and not open to what life can offer.

    I’m referring primarily here to time spent with others and in developing and keeping relationships with family and friends.

    Over the years, I’ve found myself doing that on occasion. Luckily, I knew people who basically said: What is more important? A clean house or being with us? Point taken. I could still clean the house at another time, which I did.

    I’ve also been on the other end when trying to plan things with friends and families who are often extraordinarily inflexible (I have to schedule appointments with family members to talk? Seriously. I understand people not being available at certain times, but when you are so busy that you have to make an appointment? Sorry, something is off. And I’m not the only one who has to make appointments with them. Doing it for events and get-togethers is one thing, but seriously. )

    Routines add structure and that’s important, but we all need to let go of routines and lists on occasion.

    This is especially important when people travel. Some of the most wonderful things occurred when we dropped our routine and lists and just let serendipity take us down a street, into a restaurant, off the grid to enjoy ourselves.

    The other thing is to not become mindless when executing routines, which is exactly what happens with so many people.

    Auto pilot is not a good way to go thru life and for some people, any routine is an excuse for auto pilot.

  6. posted by Erin Doland on

    @Kristin — Do you have “types” of days? Instead of having a set daily schedule, maybe you have routines for A, B, C, D and E days. On days you wake up at 5:00 am, you consider A days and do A day routines. On days you wake up at 8:00 am, you consider E days and do E day routines. Could something like that work instead?

  7. posted by Ramblings of a Woman on

    Routines are key. Our bodies work better around some sort of schedule. I am recently on medical leave and i am trying to build a routine for the things I need to do get better, plus taking care of my new puppy. Nothing will help you get on a routine better than a new baby or a new puppy, lol!

  8. posted by Aaron on

    Steer clear of orthotics if you can help it. Running after a foot injury will probably hurt somewhat, but it’ll speed up recovery as long as your feet can flex and move properly.

  9. posted by Erin Doland on

    @Aaron — I degloved the skin off my foot. No inserts for my shoes needed to return to running, just had to wait for my skin to grow back and gently build up a few callouses.

  10. posted by MsD on

    I’m with Kristen…I never know what one day or another is going to throw at me. At 2 pm today, I had 3 hours of work left in my day, and I finally left work at 8:45 with tasks left to be finished. If I had stayed to put everything away or prepare what I *think* I’ll need for tomorrow, I’d probably still be at work right now. Fortunately, my housekeeper came today, so my house is at least clean, although there’s still a mountain of (clean) laundry on my bed so I’ll be sleeping on the couch tonight (because I worked all weekend and snuck the washing and drying but not sorting and folding in). While routines work for some people, with the increasing workloads of the remaining employed, some advice on how to squeeze things in would be helpful.

  11. posted by Aslaug on

    Hi – great post.

    “Evening chore routine” and “Bedtime routine” link to the same post – is that on purpose or is there a missing link, so to speak?

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