Sunday Social: Creature of Habit

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As I was opening up my computer the other morning, I needed to open my Yahoo account to check for an email.  But instead of opening it first, I opened my Gmail account first.  Why?  Because I always open my tabs in a certain order:  Gmail, Yahoo, Jenna’s Journal, Facebook.  Those are the tabs that are always open.  Others come and go, depending on my immediate needs.  But they’re always at the far right hand side of my screen.

I looked at the screen for several seconds, that morning, trying to decide if I should just open up Yahoo.  Habit prevailed.

I really am  a creature of habit.  It’s not a superstitious thing.  I don’t think bad things will happen if I change my routine.  I just prefer to do them the same way each time.  I do this in my travelling:  I always take the same routes to school, work, the mall.  I load the dishwasher the same way each time.  I use the same stall in the bathroom at work (if it’s available). LOL

Do you have a certain way of doing things, a routine that you won’t change?

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25 Responses to Sunday Social: Creature of Habit

  1. Fun post, Jenna! I never really thought about it, but I generally do have a routine each day. Of course at work the routine is built in – walk the bakery, check for out of dates, check for outs, what cake orders do we have, what vendors need my input, etc.

    And at home I feed the dogs, let them in and out, fire up the computer, check my e-mail all pretty much in the same order. I think having a routine that works on automatic frees up the mind for creative thought.

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    • Jenna Jaxon says:

      I didn’t know you worked in a bakery, Louisa! How yummy! And you sound so organized in your routines! I think routines help with organization–although you’d not think so to see my desk at work! LOL And I agree, the more automatic the routine, the easier to slip in creative time. 🙂

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  2. I find things run better if I stay in a routine. I’m like you, I normally check yahoo, gmail, Facebook, Twitter, work email—in that order. Lately, I’ve found I’m going to gmail first. That’s me – always living on the edge! 🙂

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  3. I hate routine. Although I have the same tabs open in my browser in the morning, it’s automated. I would probably do it differently every day, if left to my own devices. Although I may do the same tasks every day, it’s always in a different order. Disorganized mind, maybe. 🙂

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    • Jenna Jaxon says:

      Or a true free spirit, Trish! 🙂 I think you may be the only one who’s visited today who doesn’t have a true routine. And look how productive you are! Perhaps there is something to be said for not sticking to a routine. I wonder if there are studies on productivity and routine or free form activities? 🙂 Non-routine obviously works for you! Thanks for sharing!

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  4. I have to do things in order as much as possible. If something happens and I can’t check my emails, blog, etc. before lunch, I feel like the day is horrible.

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  5. I wake the house up the same way each morning: opening shutters, curtains, turning on the heat, starting coffee and sitting with hubby drinking two cups one after the other. Evenings are for reading and computer work.

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    • Jenna Jaxon says:

      That sounds like quite a morning routine, Eileen. Opening shutters? Turning on the heat? I imagine you living in a grand old Victorian house, only you’re saddled with the duties of the housekeeper! Thanks for coming by and sharing.

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      • Silly girl, it only FEELS like a huge house. Only 2500 square feet, but on one floor. I AM saddled with the housekeeper duties because hubby is a slow mover in the morning. But it’s a routine that I have. Sounds like Ella has her routine down pat.

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  6. Brenda D says:

    I’m a total creature of habit. Even when I clean, I always start in the kitchen, then clean the other rooms in the same order I have always done. Same as you, I travel the same routes whenever I’m out. LOL, if something works and feels right, why bother shaking it up?

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    • Jenna Jaxon says:

      Exactly, Brenda! If it ain’t broke… 🙂 I wonder if people with creative jobs have routines more often than people in say, business or service occupations? Or are all humans really creatures of habit? Good seeing you again, Brenda!

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  7. angieia says:

    I do look at my bookmarked web sites in the same order, not sure if it’s superstitious or habit, probably a little of both. I do have a routine and it does seem hard to break.

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  8. Daryl Devore says:

    Yes I’d say I am – get up – look after cat – feed self – get on laptop. Days – like Wednesday when I have an early class – I do the exact same thing but much faster – no time to linger on a email.
    Tweeted.

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    • Jenna Jaxon says:

      Yes, I know well that one must take care of the cats first, Daryl! Everyone seems to have a solid morning routine. Perhaps we need that time to ease us into the day. I have less of a routine at night because my days often end up in chaos at school with lots of last minute things taking priority. Thanks for coming by, Daryl!

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  9. jdh2690 says:

    I definitely am a creature of unchangeable habit in the mornings. I find it calming actually. I am retired now, and sometimes I’m afraid if I don’t have my habits, I’ll drift. So I get up at a certain time, still; I make coffee; take the dog out for P&P; feed the dog; watch the Today Show with hubby (dog asleep on lap and drinking coffee); go for a long walk ’round the ‘hood w/dog; make breakfast; eat breakfast. The rest of the day is up for grabs!

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    • Jenna Jaxon says:

      Routine is soothing, jdh. It will always be there, and permanence is comforting. To me it also means I don’t have to think about what I’m doing so I can think about other things. It sounds like you have a wonderful routine for mornings!

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  10. melissakeir says:

    Like you, I have a big routine. When things are out of order, I have problems. That’s when I’ll forget something or make a mistake. Have you ever driven somewhere and finally realized that you didn’t remember the trip? I’m horrible like that because I’m thinking about a plot or what I need to do and bamn! I’m there.

    Flying by the seat of my pants is fun once in a while. I’ve run out and gotten a tattoo at a spur of the moment, but I had been thinking about it for a long time before. Those are the fun times! Tweeted!

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    • Jenna Jaxon says:

      I have a 40 minute commute each day one way to work. I remember very few of those trips because I’m on automatic pilot, and thinking, like you, Melissa, about plots and characters. Which is why I take the same route every day. I’m often quite surprised to find myself at work already! LOL Thanks for coming by!

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  11. I am indeed. In the morning I’m on automatic, the way I pick up the animal’s dishes, and feed them, then make my own breakfast, everything is done the same way, including checking email and social medial. In university and law school you could tell the creatures of habit by our seating habits. We creatures of habit had the same seats in each class. Woe to the person who tried to take the seat. Fun post, Jenna. I tweeted and shared.

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    • Jenna Jaxon says:

      Thanks, Ella! Oh, yes, in school I had my seat and if i couldn’t sit there it was a horrible class. In church there was a Jaxon family pew that no one would dream of sitting in if you weren’t a Jaxon. LOL And routine does comfort and keep you focused I think.

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  12. joneva2013 says:

    I found that having a routine saves me time and diminishes that sense of having forgotten to do something. But once in a while kicking over the traces and galloping off into a world of imagination has its allure that I just cannot seem to resist..

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    • Jenna Jaxon says:

      I’m also a very linear person, so breaking loose has never been in my nature. Once in a blue moon I’ll do something out of the ordinary–like writing romance novels. LOL But routine trumps adventure most often. 🙂 Thanks for dropping in, Joneva.

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