Structure and Strategies
Structure is essential. I don’t consider it a strategy though. Not quite sure why. Probably because it is so basic.
Basics include sleep, structure, exercise, and maybe getting outside, mediation or yoga or something like that. Basics also include to-do lists and appointment books and calendars.
Structure pretty much means routine. Get up and go to bed at about the same time usually, same for breakfast, lunch and dinner, and tooth brushing. Church on Sunday. Don’t have to think about those things, don’t have to make decisions.
A strategy is a way of dealing with a very specific problem.
I keep losing my keys, I’m often late picking up the kids from school, I’ve driven off with the gas hose in my tank three times, I’m paying late charges because I don’t get around to paying the bills, etc. Those are specific problems.
To qualify as A Problem it has to be frequent enough or serious enough or inconvenient enough to make it worth the effort to work on it. Or put another way, fixing it is going to make my life better.
Then the principle kicks in: identify the problem, make a strategy, make a rule (and keep on it even when I slip up), make it a habit. Then I don’t have to remember it or think about it. Life will get better.
Note: Some people don’t like structure. But then, some people like drama.
Second Note: I think this post came off a comment from Ram. Hope all of you are reading the comments. They’re great!
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