Adapting To Changes

Let’s say that you’re used to this kind of routine, and then everything changed due to certain circumstances and reasons. It’s difficult to adapt to changes, especially if it’s an extensive one.

For example, I always tend to schedule certain tasks, like doing laundry or writing stories. I always get used to doing my laundry on Tuesdays (previously, I do this on Thursdays until Christmas last year), washing dishes after every meal, listening to a smooth jazz station while writing stories on Sunday nights and the first two hours on Mondays… well, it’s following a specific, systemic routine at a given time. But of course, that might change once I found a new job or anything related. If I plan ahead, then I wouldn’t have to deal with conflicting schedules and time constraints.

Of course, a change in routine/schedule needs proper planning. Sometimes, I think I can do better if it’s planned and unchanged. Eventually, it will change depending on the situation. The changes in routine/schedule are inevitable.

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You may be forced to give up that usual schedule or old routine in order to make way for a new one. You’re more confined to a specific set of tasks and then someone or something disrupts it, ruining the schedule and causing you a great deal of stress.

Right now, I’m not up for a change in routine, unless I really have to. Eventually, I really have to do this for a variety of reasons: work, family, duties… and so on. After all, change is always constant.

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Question is, how do I adapt to changes?

First, know the priorities and getting used to a new task. For example, if you think you can’t reserve a few minutes of your time for washing dishes after every meal (you have a different priority in mind that you wanted to do the dishes later), then you might want to reconsider taking a few minutes of your time doing that first, at least for your own benefit. Washing a few dishes at a time than doing an entire round of washing too many dishes can help you save a lot more time (and save yourself from stress too). It’s basically training your mind to prioritize doing a certain task, getting used to it, and implementing it as a part of your daily routine.

Second, try a little switch. It doesn’t hurt to try something alternative, like an alternate route or a change in the usual itinerary. Since I’m used to sticking with the same plans when going places, I find it quite strange to stray from the usual path. If I’m used to going to Manila via the LRT-1, then it is definitely strange for me to go back via that route since I go the other way around going home. Oh well, whatever works, it’s fine.

Third, always keep in mind that failure is part of the process. So what if that particular plan didn’t work as scheduled? At least you get to assess which of these plans work best for you. There’s no such thing as the perfect plan. In fact, every plan comes with a failure. A change in routine is a trial and error process, period. If it works, then go on with it.

And finally, implement these changes a little at a time. You don’t have to go full blast with the change, especially if you’re not fond of a major disruption in your daily routine/your weekly plans. Allow yourself to get used to a specific routine by doing it at least once a week, twice a week until you’re getting used to it. As for the usual itinerary, if you’re fine with passing by a new place that’s actually part of the usual route, then it’s safe to stop by that new place along the way, but only if you feel like it. Otherwise, just skip it.

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Is it really necessary to adapt to changes?

I think it really is if you believe that you can change for the better. Oh well, there are things that need change, some things that need a slight improvement and so on. Who knows?

With a proper mindset and determination, you can probably adjust and adopt some changes in your daily routine, weekly plans, and anything that needs proper planning. You’ll never know when these changes started to affect your plans.

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