There’s a fine balance to be discovered between structure and flexibility.
One of the tools you can crack out and test is mini routines to help put currently mundane or uncertain activities on autopilot (eventually with practice).
You could also set this up for activities that you want to honour regularly.
For e.g. I always line up what I need in terms of clothes, food, books, etc the night before.
Always + I got a mini routine I follow to wizz through this.
Helps in the morning with being lined up and putting attention on creativity and possibilities instead of an odd sock!
“…one’s daily routine is also a choice, or a whole series of choices. In the right hands, it can be a finely calibrated mechanism for taking advantage of a range of limited resources: time (the most limited resource of all) as well as willpower, self-discipline, optimism. A solid routine fosters a well-worn groove for one’s mental energies and helps stave off the tyranny of moods. This was one of William James’s favorite subjects. He thought you wanted to put part of your life on autopilot; by forming good habits, he said, we can ‘free our minds to advance to really interesting fields of action.’” (Curry)
What would a good routine look like for you?
p.s. What do want? The ‘odd sock’ approach or the autopilot one?! Habituate what you want.