Life is a messy process, literally. There is always something to put in the washing machine. A new tranche of mail arrives every day. I have no idea where all the dust comes from, but occasionally someone in the house will sweep it or suck it up into a vacuum. The dishes are never done. If they are, I immediately feel the need for a drink of water and leave the glass in the sink. Maybe it makes me feel better because the kitchen is still clean, but there is a sign of life.

One of the most valuable tools available to manage this messy process is routine. Without routines, we expend so much energy on the things that must get done (or they will overwhelm us) that we lose focus. Messes keep coming every day; they constantly need to be controlled.

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