POSSESSION author, Elana Johnson, drops in to explain the importance of her routines:
In A SCARY SCENE IN A SCARY MOVIE, Rene won’t move if the time adds up to 13 (8:41 is bad luck because 8 +4 +1=13), he sniffs his hands when he’s nervous, he jumps over cracks in the concrete, and follows the same routes to and from school.
Well, I am one of the most routinized people ever. I like to do things the same way, every time, and it does make me a bit frazzled if things happen out of order, or too fast. The best example is my morning routine. I do the same things, in the same sequence, every working day.
If my husband calls and needs me to bring him something, it throws me all off. If I have to wake my daughter up later than normal, I’m totally discombobulated. I may forget to brush my teeth, because if it’s not done right after I shower (while I check my email for the first time that day), it might not get done.
Sad, but true.
I’ve forgotten to pack a lunch because I didn’t do it as soon as I came downstairs. I’ve been late because I have to take the same route to work, even though it’s packed (and I mean, PACKED) with construction.
What can I say? I like routine. I like the comfort of knowing what comes next, and how long that activity is going to take. I don’t necessarily think that’s a bad thing. I have my morning routine down to about 45 minutes from rolling out of bed to rolling down the driveway.
Do you have any routines that you follow religiously? Maybe we can get together and compare…