#MondayMusings : The (im)perfect routine


Mondays are definitely not my favourite days. Every Sunday night while I struggle to get some sleep, the thought of all the things that I’ve to do in the week that’s coming keeps me awake. To create order amidst the chaos of a Monday morning, I decide to have some sort of a schedule or a routine! I’m always bombarded with articles that stress on the importance of a morning routine or a night routine. There is a routine to be more productive and then there are skin care routines, routines for good health and the list seems to be endless. I too have a daily routine that works and also doesn’t! More specifically, I decide to have a Sunday evening routine to prepare myself for the Monday that awaits me.


There are clothes to be selected for the week.  The selected clothes are to be ironed. All this to save all the time that I waste in the morning looking for clothes to wear. In the end, I do have a set of clothes neatly pressed. Phew! One thing less to be worried about! But do you know what happened?


I open the cupboard or rather my trolley bag that contains all my clothes, and then its so hard to pick what to wear for the week. If it was in the morning and I was in a rush, I’d have picked up what I first laid my hands on without analyzing, but now since I tell myself that it is only Sunday evening, I take all the time in the world. Confusion takes over and by the time I’m done, its already late!


Next on the list is the post that I wanted to write. Since I used (rather wasted) a lot of time to get the clothes for the week sorted, I don’t have much time to write. I begin with an idea for a post that seems great. But when I begin to type it out, words fail me and I can barely write. After scratching my head for long, thinking what to write, an idea strikes me and I begin to type. What I do not realize is that its past midnight, way past my scheduled bed time! There were few more things to do but those will remain as just that – things to do!


I only realized how late it was, when my laptop crashed and I frantically tried to recover what was lost! The laptop fails to respond and so all my struggle to write something all this while seems to have gone in vain!


I give up and I almost cry! Off to bed I go, but sleep eludes me as I think of the time lost, the post not posted and now not written and then the reading that I wanted to do before bed time, the plan to paint my nails a nice color. I try to push those thoughts aside and close my eyes to get some sleep. But sleep is distant!


I wake up to a cacophony of endless alarms unable to get up because all I need is sleep. I go back to sleep again only to wake up late!


Then begins the usual running around because I’m late and yeah its Monday! So much for a routine!


P.S. : True story.

13 responses to “#MondayMusings : The (im)perfect routine”

  1. Ramya says:

    Ha ha.. i can relate to what you write. Selecting a dress to wear takes more time. I also write my blog posts in the night and so my sleep time goes late making the next day stressed without proper sleep.

  2. Rashmi says:

    Oh Reema! What you have described about barely getting sleep while (ironically) trying to put everything in order so you do not have to go through exactly this hassle – it’s my story girl! It is my very own nightmare 🙂 And no matter how many articles I read about how to tackle this and no matter how many times I try to make the changes, it just never works…
    Nicely put!

  3. Nupur says:

    Can relate so well with your post 🙂

  4. writershilpa says:

    Hahaha…I know, right! MONDAYS are the days I feel laziest and am so unproductive that just to complete the daily chores I need some motivation. So, I put on some songs that get me going and then I pick up some speed and do the rest of the things on my to-do list.

  5. Obsessivemom says:

    I’m so sorry for a not-so-good start to the week. The one single cardinal rule I stick with is ‘have an early night’. You could try that. Hope the week has only good things in store for you.

  6. sulekha says:

    I feel for you… hope the rest of the week is good for you. I write in the mornings, the earlier the better 🙂 As for selecting clothes, I am spontaneous, wear what calls out to me when I open my overflowing cupboard. One of these days I will sort out the clothes and discard what I haven’t worn in the past six months.

  7. Anchal says:

    I used to hate Mondays when I was working. Now, everyday is the same story 😛 Thanks to the mommy life.

  8. Parul Thakur says:

    ha ha! poor you! I have never had set my clothes picked up before. I follow a stack rule – pull from bottom of the stack, iron and get going. 🙂 Fun free write and true tale this was, Reema.

  9. Vinitha says:

    Oh dear! That’s a lot of stress over the poor Monday morning. I don’t care about my dress. (My mom hates that) But I do understand what you talk about words playing hide and seek about the perfect topic which I planned in my head. And the readings and the hundreds of other chores and finally sleep playing the adamant role and not coming anywhere near me. Somehow it all happens on a Sunday night! Take a break and relax and sleep well, Reema.

  10. Haha.. I loved your post. Somehow I am able to manage the rest of the week. There’s something so special about Monday morning and Sunday night that hasn’t changed one bit.

  11. Alice Gerard says:

    Yep, Monday can be a bit of a nightmare! Your story is very vivid, and I understand it only too well.

  12. nuttynupur says:

    Aw. One of those days.

  13. Storyteller says:

    I can totally relate to it

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