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Is a routine really so bad?


One of my friends (who I rarely get chance to meet up with) recently told me in conversation that she doesn’t like the routine of school life. She’s not referring to herself – she’s referring to the school life of her children i.e. getting their uniforms ready, packing their lunches, helping with homework and doing the school runs.

I must admit that I was quite surprised to hear this – I mean is it really so bad, as a parent, having to deal with the routine that is brought about by school? I completely understand that as a child it can seem like drudgery having to get and up and go to school everyday, but nevertheless when I was a pupil I never questioned it, and as an adult it hasn’t crossed my mind that it might be an issue to have to facilitate my daughter’s journey through school.

In fact, speaking as a full-time mum, when my daughter goes to school I might actually get a few more hours to focus on the business or even discover something new in life. So, ironically I think that once I’ve said goodbye for the day, I will actually have more freedom for myself.

When you think about it routines are a way of life for most people, usually inflicted upon them by school, an employer or children, until they reach retirement and suddenly for the first time they don’t live by anyone else’s rules and have to invent their very own new routine. It can be a bit of a shock for some.

knowing what is happening each day is actually quite a re-assuring prospect

We might moan about them but are routines really so terrible, or can they be OK? Could they perhaps even be a good thing? For some of us knowing what is happening each day is actually quite a re-assuring prospect, and it doesn’t have to be dull – there can still be variety within a routine.

Maybe I’m lucky, but I have to say that at the moment I quite like my routine. Although, as a full-time mum working from home, my day is not structured rigidly like it would be in a 9 to 5 job, I do a lot of the same things every day, because that’s what happens when you are a mother, with daily chores and work commitments. And I really don’t mind that as long as I have always got something to look forward to that is a bit “out of the ordinary”. Then usually, as soon as I’ve been doing the “out of the ordinary” for a while then I really don’t mind getting back to my usual routine. Well actually, I’ll go so far as to admit that I look forward to it!

 

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