If It Ain’t Broke, Don’t Fix It ……. But If It Is, Then FIX IT!

Broken wall

“Doing the same thing over and over again but expecting different results is the definition of insanity.”  Have you ever heard that?  It’s true.  But I’m amazed at how often I do it!

Lately I’ve been frustrated with my schedule.  I feel like

I don’t have any time.

I can’t get anything done.

I’m always rushing.

So I got out my trusty weekly schedule form and plotted my activities.  I noticed a few things:

  1. I don’t have as much discretionary time as I thought.
  2. I’m still trying to do too much.
  3. My expectations are too high.
  4. There are several time wasters that could be eliminated.
  5. There are some scheduling problems that could be changed to reduce stress.

Ah.  #5.  Besides adjusting my expectations, #5 is the key to reducing my frustration.

Grocery Shopping:  I’ve been doing my weekly grocery shopping on Wednesdays for quite a while now.  It worked well until several months ago.  My schedule changed so now there’s more going on on Wednesdays.  Instead of grocery shopping on another day, I’ve been trying to cram it in.  It’s been so frustrating and stressful.  When I reviewed my schedule, I immediately saw that trying to shop on Wednesday was stupid!  Yes, stupid.  Monday and Tuesday are completely free.  It made much more sense to grocery shop Tuesday instead of cramming it in on Wednesday.  So it’s moved.  Grocery store day is Tuesday.  Whew!  I feel a lot better about Wednesdays now.

Laundry.  For 30 years I’ve been doing laundry on Monday, Wednesday and Friday.  It’s always worked well regardless of what was going on.  However, it’s not working as well lately.  Monday is fine.  Wednesday is okay since I usually just do one load.  But Friday is not working well.  I’ve been trying to do laundry on Fridays but instead I’ve been getting it started but not finished.  I don’t like doing laundry that way.  So looking at the schedule, I realized that it made more sense to stop trying to do laundry on Friday and do it on Saturday instead.

Pay Bills.  I’ve paid bills on Fridays for a long time.  It worked well.  But now when I pay bills, I need receipts and information from my husband and he’s not home on Friday.  He’s at work.  So I’ve been doing some of it on Friday and some of it on Saturday when he’s home.  Or I haven’t been able to do it on Friday because Friday’s are busy with other things.  Duh.  Change it to Saturday or even Sunday.  Either of those days will work much better.

So the moral of this story is that if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.  But if you’re feeling frustration over some aspect of your life,

Stop
Evaluate
Change

What frustration are you dealing with and how can you fix it?

Comments

  1. I love this post!

    I don’t have any kind of a weekly routine, so I completely rely on to-do lists. Every week I have to see what I have going on each day, and when I can fit in my tasks. For me it’s the only way I can function, but all the Organized people I know do routines and it seems to work well for them. As long as I keep up on most things, it’s all fine!

    • I used to have more routines but life got a little too unpredictable. So now I hold onto what routines I can but I’ve had to let go of some of them and do like you and rely on to do lists for the rest. You have to do what works for the phase of life you’re in.

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