Wednesday, December 15, 2010


Don't worry; turns out I'm still myself. After I wrote that fig tree post and said I was all routiney, I promptly stopped my routine. Haven't read a word in the Word since. That's, like, five days. And still three if you don't count the weekend (which I don't, which is weird because they're still days I could be reading).

Still me. Still lazy.

Does anyone else still operate on school schedules? I still think in school years. Summers feel different than—than not summer. I always expect my husband to be home more during the summer, but apparently most people have to "work" or something. Weekends are olly-olly-oxen-free. Even from Bible reading.

Mind you, I don't have any school-age kids. I've been out of school for quite some time (although I did go back to work on a master's a few years ago). But somehow I'm still stuck on that schedule, that routine.

Only took me years. And years. And years.

How long does it take to make a routine? I've heard that if you do something consistently for two weeks, it becomes a habit. Two months and it becomes a routine. Something like that. How do you break a routine, though? If I don't do it, do I un-routine it? Because I've been not doing school—in any way, shape, or form—for at least two years now. Not taking classes, not teaching. And still, my brain is school calendar-ed.

It seems that bad habits are harder to break than good habits are to make. 

I have lots of tricks for starting routines. I've got tips that involve setting timers for prayer and Bible reading. I can get on the right track for weeks—months, even!—and then it takes just one or two days to completely ruin everything. Then it's doubly hard to get my act together again.

*sigh* Does anyone else have tips or tricks? Dude! Share! Don't bogart the help!


  1. It actually takes 21 days to make something a habit. If you are having trouble READING the Word, why not get the Bible on audio? Listening is good - and Reid would enjoy hearing it too.

  2. I totally understand, Rachel. I am so the same way!! The thing that helps me is to not let getting off track make me feel like a failure. Even if I have a whole week that's all crazy and out of routine, I try to go back to what was working before. I guess that's not any great word of wisdom, I guess! Hoping to get into an accountability routine with our writing after the first of the year! Accountability is always a good thing for helping stick to routines. I'm doing the most awesome Bible Study that's helping me stay motivated. We have to have a phone conversation one of these days! I feel like you're my long lost twin. ;0)


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