What Works For You?
Do you need structures and schedules to hold you accountable during the day? Or do you function better being free to accomplish your tasks at your own pace?
Everyone is different and what works for one person will not necessarily work for another.
A Wake Up Call
A few weeks ago, I was discussing with my oldest son, Alpha Male Jr. my future plans to retire from my career as a public safety officer within the next decade. (The retirement for public safety is fifty-percent of your income at 20 years).
But Alpha Male Jr. commented, “Mom, you cannot retire! You are always grumpy when you are at home.”
Although I hated to admit it, Alpha Male Jr. was right! I am terribly unhappy when I am at home. This includes regular days off and planned vacation time.
Structure and Routines
What I learned about myself through that conversation with Alpha Male, Jr. was I thrive on structure, routines and set schedules. It’s definitely a major reason why my career works for me. I’m not a workaholic but my career provides me with the structure and routine I desperately need in my day-to-day life.
Work requires me to keep a regular schedule. It doesn’t allow for much deviation from the routine. I’m expected to arrive at a specific time and leave at a certain time. I have regular set days off.
My work wardrobe is also basically hassle-free. I have a uniform which I am required to wear. This uniform makes figuring out what to wear to work each day very simple.
I feel more accomplished on the days I work. My career provides me with a sense of accomplishment that I just can’t seem to get anywhere else.
I have dreams of building my web and graphic design business, Canyonlandz to the point where I won’t necessarily have to rely on my current career. But I wouldn’t consider quitting my current job. Not until I can prove to myself I can adequately structure my day and receive the much needed accomplishment my current job provides.
Creating A Schedule For Days Off
Now that I know how much I thrive on routines and schedules I have decided this week to create a schedule for my days off. I’m not the type of person who functions well being left to my own devices. I need a schedule that is broken down much like my regular work days.
I need to incorporate a time to get up, a time to accomplish chores around the house, a time to work on my business and my blog. Basically, if I want it completed, I need it listed out on a calendar with a specific time slot. That way I can hold myself accountable.
I’d love to hear in the comments below if you have or need a schedule or routine to hold you accountable.