Motivational Monday...Routine Adjustments

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Motivational Monday...Routine Adjustments

Most of us have routines we follow...things we do daily before we start our day or our daily routines for our work. We’ve developed and honed them as we find what works for best us.

However, holding on too hard to routines can cause chaos in your day when an outside glitch or person makes an appearance. What causes your routine to be thrown out the door doesn’t have to be something could be something positive like a visit from a family member.


Last week we had an unexpected visit from Larry’s daughter and her youngest son. We were excited to see them because it has been well over a year since we visited Omaha. 

We scrambled to rearrange a few appointments and ready the house!  I have to admit that as much fun as we were having, there were a few times when I couldn’t wait to get back to my daily routines.

My daily do's work for me...I like them. Even in retirement, I have my routine. I know what I plan to do every morning and of course, my weekly Zoom meeting on Tuesday.

There’s nothing etched in stone but my routines add balance to my life.  However, when that equilibrium is knocked off-kilter either by an unexpected visit or plans being interrupted by a schedule change, I’ve learned that it’s best to make routine adjustments. 

Life would be boring without change. Having to change our routine keeps us on our keeps our dendrites firing. It turns vanilla ice cream into ice cream sundaes.

What about you? Do you have routines you follow? 

The secret of your future is hidden in your daily routine. Mike Murdock

The human spirit lives on creativity and dies in conformity and routine.

Vilayat Inayat Khan

Comments (29)

Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy


We all have routines, so to speak.  And we make a point of mixing it up every so often.  Otherwise, it is boring.  A

Aug 09, 2021 07:30 AM
Will Hamm
Hamm Homes - Aurora, CO
"Where There's a Will, There's a Way!"

Hello Kathy,  Routines are important to have most the time but going out of the box sometimes is important also.


Aug 09, 2021 07:33 AM
Anna Banana Kruchten CRS, CRB, Phoenix Broker
HomeSmart Real Estate BR030809000 - Phoenix, AZ

Hi Kathy yes I do have some routines but often times things pop up and I need to pay attention to them.  I've gotten pretty good at not letting 'things' to get me off kilter.  Now, with saying that, we've got a big remodel going on at the house and it's driving me a bit nuts to have others in the space constantly.  Today is quiet and I am so happy for that.  Tomorrow....not so much!  But it will all be worth it in the end.

Aug 09, 2021 02:07 PM
George Souto
George Souto NMLS #65149 FHA, CHFA, VA Mortgages - Middletown, CT
Your Connecticut Mortgage Expert

Kathy I am pretty set in my morning routine, and someone could get hurt trying to interrupt it ..... LOL

Aug 09, 2021 02:47 PM
Myrl Jeffcoat
GreatWest Realty - Sacramento, CA
Greater Sacramento Real Estate Agent

Kathy - You have hit on a topic that I was pondering with myself just yesterday.  I'm one of those who has a pretty set routine, and I am a little uncomfortable veering off its course.  I need to embrace serendipity a little more!

Aug 09, 2021 04:28 PM
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

Grant Schneider I hear you!!! Our morning routine of walking has been knocked off-kilter because of our planter's fascitis. 

Brian England that's the key, isn't it. 

Aug 09, 2021 05:17 PM
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

Wayne Martin even in retirement our planned time gets interrupted. 

Nina Hollander, Broker I've gotten better about it the older I get. 

Aug 09, 2021 05:18 PM
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

Michael Jacobs they are comforting!  I like my routines but am pretty flexible when something interrupts them. 

Hi Sham Reddy CRS Thank you so much. We do need certain routines in our lives, don't we?!

Aug 09, 2021 05:21 PM
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

I'm all for that Roy Kelley Hello to Chef Dolores. 

Same here Kat Palmiotti I've learned, though, to worry less about what I had to change when I'm interrupted in my "routine time"

Aug 09, 2021 05:23 PM
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

Exactly Rocky Dickerson I like little surprises in my day. (sometimes!)

I could not agree more Ron and Alexandra Seigel 

Aug 09, 2021 05:24 PM
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

Will Hamm it's what makes life fun and exciting!!!

Anna Banana Kruchten CRS, CRB, Phoenix Broker I'm excited for your remodel!! And yes, I would be a bit wonky if I had people in my house disrupting my day but at the same time I'd be excited to see the outcome. 

Aug 09, 2021 05:27 PM
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

Oh George Souto that's too funny!!!

Myrl Jeffcoat I am very much a routine person but still like change and some surprises. Having Larry's daughter and our grandson visit last week really threw my routines out-of-whack and yet I was happy to see them. 

Aug 09, 2021 05:29 PM
Sheri Sperry - MCNE®
Coldwell Banker Realty - Sedona, AZ
(928) 274-7355 ~ YOUR Solutions REALTOR®

Hi Kathy Streib - What a wonderful surprise for you and Larry.  These are the things that add the spice to life that we so desperately need!  

Aug 09, 2021 05:50 PM
Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®, CRS
Fathom Realty Washington LLC - Tacoma, WA
South Puget Sound Washington Agent/Broker!

I am proud to be on the same wavelength as you any day of the week Kathy Streib 

Aug 09, 2021 09:13 PM
James Dray
Fathom Realty - Bentonville, AR
Exceptional Agents, Outstanding Results

Morning Kathy.

Other than getting up in the morning and having my cup of coffee, nothing in my day is routine.

Aug 10, 2021 12:09 AM
Beth Atalay
Cam Realty and Property Management - Clermont, FL
Cam Realty of Clermont FL

Hi Kathy Streib, I do have routines but interruptions don't let me lose focus. It's life! 

Aug 10, 2021 08:08 AM
Endre Barath, Jr.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices - Beverly Hills, CA
Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002

Kathy I am all about routines, and funny noone comes unexpected to us.... just to give you an idea my mother came unexpected to visit me the year was 1984 she never did it again:))Endre

Aug 10, 2021 10:48 PM
Lise Howe
Keller Williams Capital Properties - Washington, DC
Assoc. Broker in DC, MD, VA and attorney in DC

I completely understand - it looked like you had a lot of fun but it is nice to be back to peaceful and consistent 

Aug 11, 2021 04:53 AM
Brenda Mayette
Miranda Real Estate Group, Inc. - Glenville, NY
Getting results w/ knowledge & know-how!

Hi Kathy! I definitely have routines & tend to be resistent to change but...  Change is invigorating.  Too much routine can, IMHO, dull our senses.   

Aug 11, 2021 05:21 AM
Sharon Tara
Sharon Tara Transformations - Portsmouth, NH
New Hampshire Home Stager

I admit to being a creature of habit and not really liking it when things are thrown off schedule, but we have become pretty flexible in retirement and try to go with the flow!

I enjoy the spontaneous rides and visits and unexpected happy moments making more memories!

Aug 11, 2021 03:11 PM