Routines

Anyone who lives with someone with ADHD knows how important routines are. They are the difference between a smooth morning and one filled with screaming rage. And I’ve come to rely on routines to get my kid to do what needs to be done, even when he really, really doesn’t want to.

But this week, I’ve learned how important routines are to me, too.

School and my office have been closed for three days now–number four tomorrow–and our regular modes of travel have been cut off. What is usually a rocky, but basically efficient ballet of getting ready, getting where we need to be, getting home, getting things done has become a blob of unstructured time.

We’re getting up later, eating at odd times, not making plans. This has turned my mind to mush!

That saying–“If you want something done, give it to a busy person”–must be true. I’m less busy and suddenly I can’t get anything done! I have bits and pieces of work that flit in and out of my inbox but can’t really be finished until the office is back online. I have home projects that are taunting me. Everything feels out of sync with the usually solid reality of my to-do list.

Tonight, we trick or treated, and saw neighbors. Things seemed almost normal. Maybe that means routines (and my brain!) will be coming back soon.

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