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Routine or Rut?

February 8th, 2015 at 08:28 pm

There's a certain comfort to a routine, but does something stay a routine or become a rut?

We do the same thing about every Sunday. Get up, eat breakfast, read the paper, clean up and dress for church, attend church, get the Chicago paper, fill my gas tank for the week, come home and I fix brunch (and usually the same thing), clean up, and do housework. Fortunately DH likes doing the same things because he likes ruts, he says.

We did do something different today. We stopped at the grocery to get something. No, I didn't forget to buy something or put it on the grocery list. Seems a friend of ours was released from physical therapy rehab and got to come home. I wanted to make a big pot of beef and barley soup and I lacked the beef. So, that was something different. And it was for something good -- so glad my friend is home and can be with her family.

I will admit I am not a spontaneous person. I plan, plan, plan. I plan at work and I plan at home. It worries me if something pops up. I have a relative who plans for nothing. He has asked us to go out to eat at the last minute and is dismayed when I say I already have something cooking. For a big anniversary nothing was planned until the last minute by them. I guess they like living their lives that way.

I try to plan my expenditures. I plan our meals. I plan by saving for things. I plan my lessons at school and I try to plan my medical visits. Maybe I'm just boring.

So, am I in a routine or rut?

3 Responses to “Routine or Rut?”

  1. FrugalTexan75 Says:

    I think it is good to make plans and to have routines, although it is also good to change them up once in awhile. If it makes you happy though, why change?

  2. VS_ozgirl Says:

    You're in neither, you just have a different way of thinking to non-planners, and everyone has their own reasons for being a planner.. I usually think the more you plan the better result there is available to choose from, and the less likelihood there is of experiencing unpleasant surprises Smile
    I'd say a rut is when you do nothing new or exciting, if you do different things occasionally it's not a rut

  3. Kaycee Fisher Says:

    I am a planner to the nth degree. I have a routine and if gets out of whack, I become way too frazzled.

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