Monday, August 13, 2012


by Kate Collins

Do you live by the clock? Are you the kind of person that stops what s/he’s doing at noon to eat lunch, or at 6 p.m. to have dinner? Do you have a fixed bedtime?

I’ve read that bodies crave routine and feel out of sync when the routine is thrown off. That’s certainly true for me. I like to have my breakfast at a certain time, watch Good Morning America, and read the paper. I like to climb into bed at a certain time, read for awhile, then watch reruns of “Friends” until I get sleepy. I even write during a certain time period each day.

Are you that regulated?

Days off are always enjoyable, but too many days of irregular schedules (unless I’m on vacation) make me feel unsettled. Does that happen to you?

My daughter is a property master for several theaters in Chicago. Her schedule changes daily and she loves it. She would never do in a 9-5 job, she claims, because she hates being that regimented. Some days she works until 2 a.m., then sleeps in. Other days she’s up at 6 a.m. and works until whenever she finishes her list of projects. That would drive me crazy.

What kind of person are you, a routine craver or a routine hater?


Aurian said...

I am not that very much regimented, although of course I have to be at the office at a certain time and do my job. But I eat when I am hungry, which can vary between 6 and 8.
I hate it, when I ask my mother if she wants something to drink, she looks at her watch first, if it is time to have a drink. You are thirsty or not.

Sue said...

My body tells me to get up at a certain time in the morning. My dogs tell me when it's time to go to bed. I do read/watch tv before I go to bed much to the dogs' dismay, but find it helps me fall asleep. As for eating at certain times of the day, I guess breakfast is the only meal I really eat at a regular time.

Kate Collins said...

Yikes! Maybe it's just me! I'm a terrible clock-watcher.

Nancy Jill Thames said...

When my husband's home I' m on his schedule - 5 am to 9 pm. When I'm by myself it's 6 am to midnight! When he's home I weigh more than when he's gone because then I only eat when I'm hungry - and the healthy stuff too!

~Nancy Jill Thames
Author Of the Jillian Bradley Mysteries
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Shirley said...

When I was working, I had to stick to a routine. Now, that I am retired, not so much, love it!

Dru said...

I go to bed when I'm tired and I just wake up before the sun rises.

My meals are regulated as I get migraines and I have to eat at certain times.

Me said...

I'm a completely regimented person! I get up at the same time every day, day off or not. I eat at nearly the same time everyday, too. The routine works perfectly for me. I've worked the same job with nearly the same schedule and days off for almost 20 years. At this point, I may never be able to alter my time to wake up! Actually, I've always been an early bird. Morning is absolutely my favorite time of day!

Anonymous said...

I have always been a night person. Even in college my best writing was done between 11pm and 3am. Now, I am my mother's caregiver and she goes to bed at 1130pm, but tends to get me up once or twice at night. So I still do my writing at night. I get her up at 730am and help her dress and go back to bed. Every day is different so I kind of like it unregulated. I do wish I had a little control though.

mariehahn13 said...

I love routine! My fiance, does not. I feel lost if my daily routine is thrown off. And, I always have a plan, so I have to tell him things start earlier than they do so he'll be ready on time :)