I should give you a heads up before anyone attempts to dive into this. I’m in St. Louis for the night and bored and over-stimulated and in desperate need for a routine.
Unfortunately, my routine seems to have been left in Arkansas. I could return to get my routine but then I would be in another predicament…leaving one routine to salvage what was left of the other routine…you see how this could all get quite confusing.
As a result of being routine-less, I have decided to write this blog, because there is nothing on my routine for me to do and the ball game is over.
Routine is really important in my life…in every single part of my life. I am normally a compartmentalized person, but routine goes in every single one of them. I have a routine for every compartment. A routine for when I wake up, for when I go to the bathroom, for the order in which I get dressed, for the order in which I eat breakfast, get in the car, drive to destination,……………………and then there are the routines that begin once I do get somewhere different. (THIS IS WHERE I AM NOW.) I had finally got used to all the routines that I require for being back in Northwest Arkansas. Now, I find myself in a hotel, where there is no routine. Soon, I will find myself back in Whitewater (where I have an amazing routine). Unfortunately, that routine will be cut short due to the influx of campers. So then I will have no routine for me, no clue for them, and no where to go. Oops. Thankfully, I have a piece of paper and a pen and I can begin to assemble a very rough idea of what a first draft might look like for the next couple days. Of course, I’ll have to try it one day, then correct it a couple days, then it will be ready, but then there will be another camp…and we have to start all over.
So, honestly, it looks my routine has been shot to shit.
That is not true. It has simply been altered into a temporarily unrecognizable form. I have to grab the bits and pieces that must not change and build back around them. What do I have to do EVERY SINGLE DAY? What do you have to do EVERY SINGLE DAY? Always make sure those things get done…EVERY SINGLE DAY. What are the things that have to be done dependent on what environment you’re in? Well, what environment are you in? Get those things done. What things have to be done based on the people you may or may not be interacting with? Get those things done. When you can’t do anything more, you take a break. You settle and decompress totally. Then you can think of what else needs to be done. After you get it all done, you at least have a starting point on a routine. Then it is all about repetition and efficiency. How quickly can you get done what needs to be done in the most effective manner? Now, do that every time, adjust it to every situation, and you will eventually develop a routine. Don’t ask me what happens after that. I’m not there yet.
Autism makes routine really important in my life, but I think routine is important for everyone. Routine is consistency. Routine is easy. Routine is predictable. Routine is comforting. Routine is REPEATABLE.
In basketball, routine is really important too. We have pre-game routines, shooting routines, passing routines, plays are routines, motions are routines, defense becomes a routine. You’re crazy if you can’t see this.
So, in the end, I guess, I am going to sit here and come up with a temporary routine. This one will just get me from Point A to Point B. After that, I will have a draft to help me come up with a second routine. Then I may be ready to try a camp routine.
- 9:00 Wake-up
- 10:30 Check out
- 2:30 Rockford
- 4:00 Whitewater
Have a routine. Live a routine. Follow your routine. Try not to freak out when you have to change your routine…that’s the hardest part. That’s where I am right now. But if you freak out, you just end up having to start over basically. So, change it, accept it, and move on.