It’s all about structure

imageStructure is all around us everywhere we look. It’s one of life’s great organizers. But for the first time in my life I have no structure to my days. When you think about it, for the most part, structure is provided to us by our parents, school, spouses, children, work, etc. This is the first time EVER that my structure canvas is absolutely blank. I am having to reinvent that structure, to provide structure to my life intrinsically, not from outside sources.imageNow that I don’t have someone to wait for, cook for, or spend my evenings with, those evenings are running into my nights which are running into my days, which are…… The only structure that I have is the self-imposed kind, which is not enjoying much success at this stage of my evolvement.

imageSo, with all these thoughts in mind, I am trying to force some kind of structure upon myself. The alarm is being set. The calendar is being marked with planned activities. No, not the exciting kind of activities, but the kind that remind me to vacuum, to weave, to do finish work—you know, all THAT kind of exciting stuff. Today was my official Day One in my Learning to Structure All By Myself. imageIf I could rate it, my hand would be wobbling back and forth in that so-so kind of way. I got up on time, finished all the chores in the time I had allotted, only to be flummoxed at the next stage. Although I did get the studio a little tidied up, the warp did not tie itself, nor did the weaving begin. Tomorrow. Is that Scarlet’s voice I hear?

Tomorrow’s goals:

  • 15 minutes de-cluttering
  • Tie on warp
  • Begin weaving project
  • Continue with maintenance on other items

How bad can that be? Trying to keep it simple so that I have some chance for success! My fingers are actually itching to weave, just gotta start!

Does anyone else have trouble with adding structure to your days? How do you structure your day?

2 thoughts on “It’s all about structure

  1. Kathy

    Oh, my, how I can relate! I find that a walking “date” with friends each morning at 7 a.m. at least gets me out of bed & dressed. In theory, it should make it easier to get some weeding done upon return, as I cool down in the relative coolness of morning, too. In practice, not so much. Outside activities, like Guild meetings, add structure. Commitments–like entering woven scarves in the County Fair–force progress on the weaving front. Having company ditto on the cleaning front. I guess I find I need to “trap” myself into doing what I profess–& really *want* to do–but I don’t know why it’s so necessary :-(. There’s definitely apathy & a lack in the get-up-&-go department.

  2. Sherri Woodard Coffey

    At least setting the alarm has helped me with the getting out of bed part. And keeping the goals short and doable helps–it’s nice to cross something off the list. I understand about the weeding thing. I would have the same kind of logic and the same kind of results. It feels sooo good to be weaving again, though!


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