Ah routine - does it govern your life or have you thrown it to the winds? In our working lives there has to be a routing - get up. breakfast, go to work, leave work, come home, and so on. But I am thinking more about once retirement arrives. You may think as the date for your retirement nears that one of the pluses is that you can dispense with ,set your own pattern of life. I can tell you that, as far as I am concerned, it is easier said than done. The farmer is a perfect example. Even before he started school in 1948 he had a number of barns he visited early in the morning to bring in (in Winter )the few milking cows who had spent the night there, ready for milking at six thirty in the morning (all weather).
He usually arrived late for school (after a walk of two miles) and by half past nine (according to his teacher who I knew much later on) was often asleep before ten in the morning. He ended up a very practical man who could turn his hand to anything. He never read a book in his life as far as I am aware but he read the weekly Farmers' Weekly cover to cover and his mathematical ability was amazing when it came to anything to do with his machines - which he always mended himself.
When he retired he let off most of his land and just kept a few beast which he fattened and sold each year around Christmas. Once the milking herd had gone he could have had a lie in in the mornings - did he? Of course not. Half past five out of bed, downstairs to make us both a cup of tea and then back downstairs dressed and ready to go round the fields with the dogs.
And the dogs had a routine too - standing by the door 'dead on the dot', eyes firmly fixed on his face. And in the days when we had a milking herd, when he walked to the field in summer to fetch them in for milking they would be standing patiently by the field gate waiting for him to open it.
I still have a routine now that I live alone - carer comes at seven thirty for an hour - I am up, blinds drawn back, central heating turned up- only once since she has been coming have I slept in, to be wakened by her coming in my bedroom door at half past seven and frightening the life out of me.
Is routine like this a good idea do you think? I know that in most jobs it is pretty essential but we could easily relax on retirement but few of us do. How do you cope if you are retired, or if you work from home - many people have done this during Covid lockdown - I wonder if they have stuck to routine or have they relaxed into none? I would love to know how you plan your life these days.