Get Back into the Groove

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In the groove.

Smoothly making it happen, getting it done.  Keeping priorities and accomplishing the important.  That’s the sweet spot when we are doing what we know we want to and should be doing.

Then, something comes up to bump us out of our groove.

Holidays.  Visitors.  Sickness.  Appointments.  The list is endless of reasons we get out of our groove.  There are always interruptions and distractions and necessary schedule adjustments.

 

The best way to get back into your groove
is to intentionally have a groove to begin with.
 
 

Here are the grooves I get bumped out of that are becoming easier to get back into:

  • Eating with discipline, keeping health and nutrition in mind.  There are a lot of foods I just don’t enjoy anymore.  “Too sweet” is a common comment of mine. Fatty, fried foods make me queasy pretty quickly.  But, when I am traveling or at certain holidays or family meals, I can eat too much of good things and can pretend that extra calories won’t catch up to me.  It doesn’t take long, though, for me to remind myself of how I want to feel, so getting back to what works best happens.
  • Regular exercise.  For me, weekday mornings, early, is the time that I will be consistent.  A class three times a week and elliptical machine the other two is my groove.  When I am in my groove, I am energetic, I sleep well, and I like the way my body moves and feels.  When travel or the occasional cold interrupts my routine, I feel it.  The worst part?  I know that now, in my third third, getting back into the weights, especially, will mean a few days of soreness and a longer time to get back to where I was with strength.  Frankly, getting up early is not my natural preferred rhythm.  I have learned, though, that if I don’t get it done early a.m., I won’t do it regularly.
  • Showing up for work.  I am self-employed.  No one has given me a work schedule. If I don’t show up, I don’t get paid because I don’t get anything done.  Having an office and blocking time on my calendar to be there makes my groove.  When I am traveling or have a meeting that cuts into my “office time,” I see it on my calendar and know that tomorrow, or when I return, I need to get back to my schedule.  Back in my groove.
  • Time with my husband.  It is hard to make a groove for yourself that involves someone else.  My husband travels a lot, so it is easy to get out of the groove of thinking of his needs or of planning for time with him.  This is definitely a mental groove.  I determined long ago that he is my number two priority.  (God first, husband second.)  When he is in town, I have to remind myself often that spending time with him is important….and then plan for it.  Cooking a special meal.  Walking downtown for dinner.  Ordering a netflix movie we have talked about.  That’s a groove that isn’t necessary when it is just my own schedule I am concerned with.

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My point is that it’s easier to get back into the habit than to form the habit in the first place.  Deciding how to live life is so key to having a sense of worth and purpose.  And there is no reason to feel guilty if you are clear that you are just temporarily, with good reason, out of your regular groove.

What does your groove include?

 

 

 

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  1. My groove is my prayer every morning asking God to assist me in creating my day such that I can be a miracle for someone – and telling Him that I am willing to allow The Holy Spirit to guide me in my thoughts, words and actions. And also, asking that as the day unfolds, I recognize that whoever I encounter, or whatever situation unfolds, it has come from God.

  2. My main groove is “work until 10:30, then rest, then work again at 11:30.” I get up, get the kitties fed, the kids squared away (they go part time in the mornings to local public schools) the house picked up, the laundry started, emails read, calendar updated, and the homeschool lessons ready.

    Then I rest with a nice breakfast, a book or some knitting or a short video – some pleasurable activity that I do just because I enjoy it. It is a little taste of peaceful joy for me each day. It often involves a walk outdoors if I want to be out in whatever the day is offering that morning.

    Then, of course, the main workday begins, and I am teaching, folding, cooking, listening, comforting, holding back unwanted advice, more cooking, directing, organizing, and driving.

    By the end of the day, I’m empty, and usually kiss everyone and crawl into bed. If I skip the morning routine, or let other things push it aside too often, the entire week starts to feel misaligned, and I mis out on that little portion of joy that balances me out and makes the work itself more satisfying.

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