I don’t know about you, but I crave routine. It’s one of the idiosyncrasies of my life. When there is structure and routine, I crave adventure and spontaneity. When my time is primarily leisure time, then I long for the days where I’m certain that I’ll get up at 5:45, be at work at 7, and have chicken stir fry for dinner.
I had a fantastic time at my parents’ house for Christmas.
An amazing time out on New Year’s Eve.
Heck, I even played tour guide for a friend from out of town and showed off my city, which is one of my favorite pastimes.
But then, after not enough sleep, and more than enough work, I hit the weekend exhausted.
And I realized that I need rituals to transition back to ordinary time.
How I Transitioned Back to Real Life:
- Take down all Christmas decor
- Deep clean my home
- Start on the New Years Money resolutions
- Restock the refrigerator
- Clear out the holiday goodies — take them to work or donate them
- Hang my calendar
- Go to bed early
- Get up early
- Schedule exercise on the calendar. Make space for it, otherwise life will infill and I will feel like I don’t have time. In 2013, I will practice yoga 4-5 times a week. Two are already on the calendar, and the rest can float, as my schedule permits
- Start a meditation practice. Quieting my mind and paying attention to where it wanders once or twice a day will help keep me grounded as I push forward into the new year
When I got to work on Monday, I brought in all my unwanted snacks, which made my coworkers happy, and made me feel light and free.
Now, we’re just a few days into ordinary time, and I’ve found my rhythm again.
The Holidays Help with the Transition
One thing I noticed is that having the holidays break up my “normal life” into holiday time, where I can’t even figure out what day of the week it is, really helps with the resolution-setting that goes along with learning how to write 2013 on my checks.
Because I can get back into the office, stare at a blank piece of paper, and transform it into my 2013 life.
Planning helps me feel as though I’m in charge of this year.
Whether that proves to be true is another story entirely, but having the plan helps keep me sane.
Here’s a fun fact about 2013: it’s the first year since 1987 that all four digits are different.
Do you have any rituals, or was it easy to transition into real life on Monday?