I am desperately trying to establish a routine. I have my “to do” list broken up into manageable parts and my date book filled with upcoming appointments. After years of teaching I’ve learned to allow time for each task on the list, prioritize them, and then schedule them on my day planner. I need that structure to my day or I get lost and then I get nuts.

So, why am I fighting getting back in this routine? Don’t get me wrong. I know that life happens and things need to be changed but I know myself. I know that unless I can manage my day nothing gets done. I won’t write, I won’t exercise and I won’t work. Then I won’t allow myself time to time to think and imagine and be creative.

This past Monday was my first day of the new work schedule. Accountable to only myself, I can see if will be easy to mismanage my time.  So, if you get a message from me between 10 am and 5pm EST, do me a favor, tell me to get back to work!!

So much of our time is preparation, so much is routine, and so much retrospect, that the path of each man’s genius contracts itself to a very few hours.

Ralph Waldo Emerson

About Magnolia Beginnings

Just when you think you have it all down it changes again or... “Reshaping life! People who can say that have never understood a thing about life—they have never felt its breath, its heartbeat—however much they have seen or done. They look on it as a lump of raw material that needs to be processed by them, to be ennobled by their touch. But life is never a material, a substance to be molded. If you want to know, life is the principle of self-renewal, it is constantly renewing and remaking and changing and transfiguring itself, it is infinitely beyond your or my obtuse theories about it.” ― Boris Pasternak, Doctor Zhivago

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  1. Honey I’m so with you on this. I love to fly by the seat of my pants. Then I get so exhausted that I fall apart, physically, emotionally and spiritually. Fortunately I have a good mate that keeps me grounded. Well, for the most part. All you can do is try. As Yoda says there is no try, there is only do. 🙂

  2. I’m like you, needing to have it all written down to follow – my calendar is full of reminders for things like groceries, the library and other tasks that don’t need to be scheduled but still need to be done. It gives me a sense of order to see it all written down – it works for me! Good luck with your new schedule 🙂

  3. Oh I so understand this predicament – too muchness. I have been struggling with this ‘too muchness for too long so now I am trying to break my days up a bit. You are a champion, Magnolia!

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