I like having my little routines. I’m not very organised, but I find a certain comfort in the repetitive patterns of daily life.
It makes me feel good to be able to mentally tick items off a list that seldom changes. Everything I do before the house each morning is compartmentalised into 15-minute segments, and I play a game with myself where I shave a couple of minutes off each segment when I can.
I like that these habits help me stay disciplined. For instance, having cornflakes for breakfast every day means that I enjoy my weekend pratas and big breakfasts even more.
I guess that’s why I get so much amusement out of the cats’ self-created routines. Sam and Bob love to perch in the same few spots day in, day out. I usually wake up to find Bob sprawled out across the bigger of our two sofas. And as for Sam, she’s nearly always in one of the balconies.
Now if only I could parlay this random quirk into the basis for better work habits.