Back on Track

DD Day 033 Week 05 Q1 Friday, February 2, 2024

You know, when a crisis or deadline comes up, we sometimes get bumped off our regular schedule and routine in order to complete what needs to be done? And sometimes, it can take a while to get back on track. But other times, when we are really in the zone, we barely break stride and get back on track almost immediately. I say almost immediately because there is almost always recovery time required when meeting a deadline or a crisis.

I hope that you allow yourself some recovery time, which is something I frequently forget, except that others remind me, so I am reminding you. We are not machines. We are human beings that get worn out and need to recover. The amount of time to recover is related to how big the disturbance spots. But in any case, it always feels good to get back on track, even if you can see down the road that you will be bumped off it again and again.

Some of the things we need to do are difficult or impossible to do in some of the situations we find ourselves. For example, getting a good night’s sleep, doing a complete workout at the gym, or eating mindfully and healthfully when on a trip. If you have a relatively new routine that is not fully habitual, it is certainly much easier to get bumped out of it. It is also very difficult to develop a routine that works all of the time for a life that is changing all of the time.

But this is possible. It does require vigilance and continuous analysis, questioning, iterating, and the willingness to admit it is going to require a lot of change over time.  Still, the evolution airy arc of the routine is very interesting to observe, and when you feel like you are succeeding at developing and staying on the track to get you where you want to go, it feels very satisfying to return to be back on track.

Part of the problem is that even if you know precisely what you need to do every day, there doesn’t always appear to be enough time to do it. This is why you need a routine that is flexible enough to accommodate reality. Alternatively, you can decide to change your reality to fit the routine if the routine is truly an excellent one.

There has to be some give-and-take about this because your routine and your reality will not always coincide. And there is a continuum all the way from survival to self-actualization, which places different reconciliation demands upon the two.

Hopefully, as you progress in life, you will get closer to the self-actualization end of the continuum, and at that point, your routine begins to become more dominant and, therefore, more worth adjusting the rest of your life to.

It is a justice point when getting back on track feels the most delicious.