I like to start my week on Sunday, since that’s what makes the most sense to me for how my schedule works. Sunday is a day of rest for our family, but we don’t necessarily mean rest as in nothing to do. Typically large laundry day (sheets and such), we don’t tend to get out of our pajamas most of, or all of, the day. It’s a day for large projects like knitting or photo editing (my husband’s a professional photographer), web development, and family feast meal. Sometimes we’ll do a movie.
It’s also the day I start my Artist’s Way week, when I read the essays for the week and get started on the tasks. It’s a more contemplative time since I don’t schedule anything for this day and my friends know that. I provides a nice break between the week that was and the week that is coming.
What kinds of routines do you establish for yourself for the week? When we’re in school, this is done for us; but when we graduate, there are no more quarters and semesters, finals, and back-to-school. Even if we have kids of our own for whom we do these tasks, they don’t really apply to us and it’s very easy for one day to bleed into the next.
Richard Nelson Bolles, in his book The Three Boxes of Life and How to Get Out of Them talks about Learning, Working, and Leisure or Play. The way most of us organize our lives is we play as children, we learn in school and university, and then we spend the rest of our lives working. But one way to accomplish balance is to re-think what’s possible in our daily round. This week, think about these three concepts and how you develop them in your own life. Even if you haven’t yet set aside time for all three, just thinking about how you might begin to do so can open doors for you in terms of your personal planning.
Do you have a routine during your week? I’d love to know; tell me in the comments.