A routine is the performance of the same task over and over. So much of our life is mindless: wake up, eat, work, sleep, repeat. We don’t really think about any of those tasks, do we? That’s because we’ve done these things so often they’ve become a part of who we are. Yet any activity can oh-so-easily slip through the cracks until it’s no longer a part of the routine – which is just what happened with me and my writing.
“You will never ‘find’ time for anything. If you want time, you must make it.” Charles Buxton
The above quote from a calendar at the office where I spend my days really spoke to me. Time is one of our most precious commodities. I often feel life passing by in a blinding flash of mindless routine. This means I often don’t get to enjoy a lot of the pastimes, like writing, that I once favored. Writing is high on the list of the activities I’d like to begin enjoying again.
I’ve decided I want to set aside just a few minutes each day to work on something writing-related. My first step will be to spend a half hour each day at my desk. Thirty minutes isn’t much to ask. If I then want to stare into space I can, though chances are good that I’d rather continue working on whatever project I’ve started instead.
New routines are created by performing the same task over and over for a set period of time. I’m starting my journey to this new routine by sitting at my computer, here and now, to write this blog post. When tomorrow comes, I plan to sit here again to either work on character development or write, if only a paragraph or two. The next day, I’ll do the same again. I’ll do my best to continue on this path over and over again, day by day, until a new routine is formed.