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How well do you stick to a schedule?
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Wednesday, May 10, 2017 - 4:06 pm
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I can stick to a schedule... if it's fluid!

I don't do well with rigid or semi-fixed schedules... I'll start to rebel. Even if I was the one that set the schedule! F*** the schedule!

Some people can do "A" 5 times a week, at approximately the same time every day. They're committed.

If I try to do "A" 5 times a week, at the same time every day, for a set amount of time, I will start to feel trapped or stuck. Then I will stop or rebel because I feel horrible/oppressed. Then I just stop altogether, burnt out.

So, I just have the intention to do it, and do it when I get the chance.... And do as much of it as possible that I feel like doing, each day. And this works for me. It's hard to schedule for it because I don't always meet the deadline I want. I learned to add a lot of buffer for "unpredictables", low energy, and etc. and then I will hit the deadline I want. Energy management, I guess.

How about you? How well do you stick to a schedule?

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Wednesday, May 10, 2017 - 4:38 pm
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Same here.

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Wednesday, May 10, 2017 - 9:04 pm
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I'm always making schedules and never sticking to them... With time I've been making them more fluid but I still can't stick to one. I've now switched to to-do lists which are easier.

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Sounds like you're talking more about routine? That I do have. They're more like rituals. There's stuff I do in the same way at the same time every day. I don't like to think about mundane stuff honestly. 

 

I never tell myself to do anything though! I know myself better than that. Like I wouldn't tell myself that I'm going to work out every day at this time for whatever amount of time. I mean let's get real. For a while I noticed that I would naturally clean my house for twenty minutes a day but then something shifted elsewhere so that stopped. 

I guess I just try to stay in the flow and things seem to get done. Mostly. I just have a hard time doing anything that I'm not passionate about. And I never know where that will be directed. I guess I've never articulated it but if I had to I would say that I do whatever I want, whenever I want, as much as I can. 

I don't know why this was such a hard question for me to answer. I think it's actually a deep question though.  

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Horrible at schedules, except for my work.

I'm currently reading a book on habits ("Better Than Before" by Gretchen Rubin) which is pretty interesting. It adresses scheduling (among other things) & it seems there are approaches to this that might help poor people (like me) who aren't good at it.

At least it helps to become better aware of how this works.

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Thursday, May 11, 2017 - 8:12 am
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I specialize in making schedules and sticking to them - Virgo Sun here. But I hate routine, I must have some degree of unpredictable issues along the schedule and also feel free to adapt/ change it if the initial conditions change (Jupiter conjunct Uranus in the 3rd). I have to learn to manage my inner stress (Virgo overload).

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It depends.... I have work time, chore time, and spare time.

Work time I schedule with detailed to-do lists (keeps me organized and help stay on top of things) and I stick to it. Chore time I am flexible with but I mostly stay on track. My spare time is something I absolute do NOT micromanage and it would drive me insane to. I need to have my free time completely unregimented otherwise life gets too predictable and boring and even though I'm a Virgo Sun, I have Uranus in Sagittarius squaring that Sun and opposite my Moon - predictable and boring feels like prison to me.

I also chalk this up to being super mutable too. It could be called a lack of consistency, but I see it as going with the flow...  dont like for 'force' myself to stick to things just because I thought it would be a good idea one day doesn't mean I will think it is tomorrow. This is why I cant pre-plan my meals during the week either. I admire people who can do it but I absolutely cannot. I will think eating X on tuesday is a good idea and then tuesday rolls around I have no desire to eat X what so ever, in fact, the mere thought of X is making me sick to my stomach. shrug_gif

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A friend sent me the excerpt below. (Venus' long transit, backing and forthing, is happening in my sixth house.)  Apparently, learning Zen Buddhism is on my list of things to do, now - I have a Venus (in 9th) ruled natal chart, so yes, people who consider themselves part of my inner circle can suggest such things.  smile

Rereading it, I remembered this topic, here.  The message had the heading "Zen tips for awesome task management."

A famous Shunryu Suzuki quote says the following about Zen:

“Zen is not some kind of excitement, but concentration on our usual everyday routine.”

Zen helps us get our mind aligned with our bodies. It helps us reach a point in which we see the entire picture, not only our point of view…. It removes Background noise. Yes, you know what I’m talking about – background noise is a major issue in task management. It prevents us from concentrating and it pulls us one step closer to the “I’ll do it tomorrow” zone.
Background noise is that “important meeting” in the middle of the day when everyone is working. The internet and social media, in particular, are great examples of how you can spend hours running away from your to do list. A phone call you need to make just as you are about to sit on the chair and work. The list goes on.

Venus transit through ariessmily_gif - and the beat goes on.

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Very well. Capricorn Moon, and all.

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Tuesday, May 16, 2017 - 8:49 am
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I'm horrible at sticking to schedules. My life consists of starting a routine and then I'm done with it 3 days later. Ughhhhh

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Wednesday, May 17, 2017 - 7:02 pm
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Ann said
I'm horrible at sticking to schedules. My life consists of starting a routine and then I'm done with it 3 days later. Ughhhhh  

I planned a new schedule last night and broke it this morning lol. I need to accept that I'm not a morning person.

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The problem with schedules is when we forget our real selves in them.  E.g. as a Taurus Sun, I'm supposed to have that down pat.  Nope, not quite.  smile

The very best schedules are tailor-made, by us, for us.  We're all different, so, what works for one might not fit another.

Let's all give ourselves permission to develop adequate, personalized routines.  Please?

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I've mentioned it before in these forums somewhere that I'd like to live and work by the moon cycles. The five day work/school week feels so unnatural to me. I really think so many social problems could be solved if we could be more in touch with natures cycles. 

So in my work, I have the luxury of kind of working whenever I want to. I've found that some moon phases and transits are more condusive than others for working. As I develop my spiritual practice more this seems to be naturally flowing. The more i just do what excites me in the moment the more I see the flow of abundance. I think western society has it all backwards. Sleep when it's dark or you're tired. Work when it's warm and light. Eat when you're hungry. I'm finding that it's totally possible to live this way and I'm more productive than I've ever been! 

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