It can be argued that everything created has a pattern or sense of structure to it. Seasons change from fall, to winter, to spring, to summer and back to fall. Our body systems send fluid, air, etc. through the body in a consistent pattern. Art is often created with a pattern in mind in order to draw the eye. As we begin to look at the world around us, we begin to see patterns everywhere we look. Why do so many things appear to function in a pattern rather than in chaos or at random? The truth is ladies, without patterns, routines, and systems, we become quite dysfunctional and unproductive (even if we hate to admit it). However, too much pattern or consistency, and we may find ourselves getting bored and our lives tiresome. So where is the balance between pattern and chaos? Between routine and freewill?
Finding the balance can be quite complex, but today, I want to share just a couple of helpful tidbits as you begin to filter through the murky waters of finding patterns that work for you.
1. Always Include Your Priorities in Your Pattern
If your family is most important to you, create a consistent routine where they are at the forefront. For example, perhaps you make a point to have dinner together every night, rather than hit-or-miss mealtimes. If your finances dictate your success in life, make sure one of the patterns you maintain is a consistent work schedule. Your priorities should be the foundations for your patterns.
2. A Pattern Can Be Simple or Complex
Let's say exercise is a priority of yours. You want to make sure you are exercising 4-5 times every week, so you begin to carve out a consistent pattern for your workout schedule. You decide to go to the gym 5 days a week and ride the elliptical. Pretty soon you are bored and burned out. If this is you, try mixing up your workouts. Keep to your pattern, but try cycling one day, yoga the next, and swimming the next. Who said your pattern has to be simple? Make it fun and exciting!
3. After Patterns are Set Embrace the Rest
Once patterns are created in your life revolving around your priorities, be flexible with the rest. The minute you create a life that is strictly one gigantic pattern, life becomes too rigid. It doesn't allow for growth moments or new opportunities.
Ladies, this week, I want to encourage you to look at your life in patterns. Can you create a more sustainable lifestyle by incorporating more pattern and routine? Or perhaps do you need to loosen your grip a little and create a more complex and diverse pattern? How can you incorporate flexibility after your patterns of priorities are set?
If you need help in discovering the patterns for your life, send me an email, comment below, or check out my services page to schedule a consultation! Here is to finding the pattern that works for your life!
Your Women's Lifestyle Coach & Owner of Little Bits Lifestyle Products