I’m here writing from my new office in our new apartment! Andrew and I moved in over the long weekend and are settling in the space. There’s so much character in this 120 year old home with much more space than our previous shoebox of a condo, plus SO MUCH SUN. My houseplants are loving it. We had a BBQ on the deck yesterday and relaxed after dinner, enjoying the quietness of the neighbourhood. Our previous landlord may have kicked us out but I’m really glad we left.
It’s strange living somewhere new after being somewhere else for so long because subconsciously I’ve built a routine for myself. I had a solid morning habit: my alarm wakes me up at 8am. I check my phone and catch up on news, messages, urgent emails. Go to the bathroom, brush my teeth, wash my face. Roll up the blinds, check on my plants, give them a spritz of water, and water if needed. Make some breakfast and eat while scrolling through my emails.
That was how my day always started but my mornings have looked nothing like this since we’ve moved. We use to have one window and had all of our plants in the one corner, so pulling up the blinds and watering the plants was pretty effortless. Now that we have multiple windows and plants scattered all over the house, I might start brushing my teeth once I’m in the bathroom or start boiling my water for tea in the kitchen and forget about the other rooms. It’s as if my brain has to readjust because my surroundings are completely different.
It sounds robotic to wake up to the same morning every day but I’ve found building habits around simple tasks makes my day run more smoothly. It makes me more productive when I spend less energy on tasks I can automate, like when I have breakfast, the clothes I wear, or when I go to the gym. Simplifying these easy, everyday decisions helps prevent them from taking up valuable time and energy that I can spend on more important things.
So it’ll take some time to get into a groove and work out a new routine that will work with our space. I’ll share once I get a good flow going 🙂
Do you have a routine?