Staying on Track
Updated: Dec 28, 2019
I wrote after Thanksgiving about it being okay to briefly step out of your routine on occasion, as long as you don't stray too far for too long.
I stand by that statement. However, a question still remains.
How far is too far; and how long is too long?
While it didn't help that we had some sort of cold or flu bug invade our home after turkey time, I struggled to get back in the swing of things as far as my sleeping patterns are concerned.
I am determined to stick as close as possible to my sleep schedule during our Florida adventure and my ensuing trip to Nashville.
Adjusting for the time change makes it a bit easier. I can go to bed at midnight, and wake up at 7 and still be right on track. My hope is that I will be able to combat any jet lag and resume every day life a little more easily once I'm back in my own bed.
The view wasn't too shabby from where I sat at 7:30 AM, 30 minutes after my 4 AM (Pacific Time) wake-up call.
All that being said, I still haven't answered my own question. I don't know that there is one great answer. It's probably better examined on a case by case basis.
Personally, I think it is wise to employ the "never miss twice" principle championed by James Clear, you really should read Atomic Habits. Historically, I haven't been great at following that rule, but in the midst of writing today, I was reminded of it. It is easy to slip out of your routine when you let your lapses in discipline compound. I intend to do a better job.
You can read a little more from Clear on the topic of "never miss twice" in this post from his website: 3 Simple Things You Can Do Right Now to Build Better Habits.