slice of life: searching for a rhythm

The majority of my life revolves around a schedule. Now that routines have been interrupted, I’m yearning for a rhythm that makes me feel productive and purposeful.

It’s not what I need to do, that list is neverending.  It’s when. All of a sudden, time has no boundaries, so why hurry? With that mindset, it’s dinnertime, and I’m wearing my morning workout clothes.

I’m working on the details, but I have come up with a bit of order that will make my current routine more like my old one.

First and always, workout. It doesn’t have to be a big deal, just something that requires me to get out and move. Then, notice the world. Be on the lookout for the curious or beautiful. Stop and double back. Take a slightly different path.

My Friday Zoom meeting made me realize the value of being presentable. Not just for others, but for me. So, second, get ready to go somewhere, even if it’s virtually.  This requires a shower, a different outfit than the day before (ok, maybe the same jeans, but a different shirt), shoes (not slippers), makeup, and hair.

If it’s a weekday, I check in with my Google classroom. There is always something that needs further explanation or a link that doesn’t work and needs correction.

After that, it’s a muddle of responding to students mixed with planning for the next day.

I’m working on lunchtime before 3 pm. Reading at 3 and writing after dinner.

And in between all of it, repetitively letting my cat out, and back in.






9 thoughts on “slice of life: searching for a rhythm

  1. I love this slice. It’s so You! That ending with the cat, priceless. I have not been bathing and changing out of workout clothes until after noon. I wouldn’t even do this in summer. I’ve got to get better at being on a schedule.

  2. Ha, yes to this line, so beautifully expressive of this experience that I’ve been having seemingly every day: “All of a sudden, time has no boundaries, so why hurry?” I was so shocked this afternoon to realize it’s Sunday and I have to have my face-to-face classes ready for remote learning by tomorrow morning. I really like your ideas for adding more structure to your day. I am going to be in Zoom meetings throughout the week now, so I will have to put on makeup and not wear the same shirt two days in a row, LOL. Such a strange “new normal” this is becoming!

  3. And being able to head to the bathroom – whenever we want! 🙂 I’ve got a couple of Zoom meetings scheduled for this next week (our spring break – and it snowed last night), and I’ve got a “choice board” of sorts for myself – small index cards I’m flipping over when I’m done with what it says. Good luck finding your rhythm!

  4. “Be on the lookout for the curious or beautiful.” – I like the motto. I am usually not a very schedule liking person but yesterday I made myself a schedule to follow, including breaks for movement and food. Today was much easier than last week when I was just doing-dong-doing things. I hope this week feels more sane.

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