How? I finally learned the difference between a routine and a task.
What Is a Routine
A routine is something that is going to happen again and again.
Whether you like it or not, you will always have laundry to do, dishes to wash and a floor to mop.
There will always be trash to take out, dinner to cook and rooms to clean.
Routines are maintenance items. They don’t necessarily take us to a goal, but they make the journey much more pleasant if we do them in a timely manner.
They also tend to scream louder the longer we procrastinate them.
The laundry pile grows bigger, the trash can overflows, the crumbs on your floor start sticking to your feet.
Eventually, they are unavoidable.
What Are Tasks?
Tasks are breadcrumbs on the unbeaten trail to a goal.
They do not scream or yell. In fact the more we ignore them, the quieter they call until they are drowned out in a life consumed with maintenance and mediocrity.
Tasks are the roads that take us off the roundabout of routine.
How To Manage Routines
We’ve already discussed how to manage to do’s, so now let’s talk about managing routines.
The MOST important point is that routines have no place on your long term to do list.
They will just clutter it up, leaving you feeling guilty that you didn’t mop this week or last and deflating you of any motivation to work on anything important.
You can list your routines on a piece of paper in your journal, Home Management Notebook or on your fridge.
I keep my routines in an app called HomeRoutines . I also keep a printed copy in my personal notebook.
Simple Yet Revolutionary
I had no idea how revolutionary doing this would be. It allows me to keep my ideal before me without overwhelming me when I don’t live up to it.
I loathe having unfinished things on my to do list and when I used to keep my routines there I was overwhelmed by the sheer volume of the list and the fact that there were always leftovers from day to day.
It felt defeating to have to delete them and even more defeating to see them pile up.
No Longer Defeated
Now I glance at them throughout the day, do what I can and start tomorrow fresh – regardless of what I did or did not do today.
As a result, my important tasks are front and center in my todo list. There are only a few so I feel inspired to tackle them and rejoice in a page full of checked off items.
Update: Read The Rest of the Series…
1. Tips for Moms: How To Get Things Done
2. Mom Tips: How To Get Things Done, Pt. 2
3. Mom Tips: How To Get Things Done, Pt. 3
4. Mom Tips: Routines vs Tasks – Why You Need To Know The Difference
5. How To Be Awesome