Did I follow my routine perfectly? No, not at all, but I'm only human. Did I establish and maintain routines that were beneficial to my life? Absolutely!
The daily routine of school-work-dinner-fun became quite well entrenched. It's ever evolving, like when I started having Thursdays off (changing my "work" for the day) or when ice skating and art classes took over Tuesday and Wednesday evenings, but the bones are the same. In addition, my writing routine has really become ingrained to the point that I get antsy if I spend too many nights away from it. I don't always actively write, but I try to do something related to my writing career: revisions, submissions, research or critiques.
Last year's word choice was definitely a good one.
What's in store for this year? A major remodel of our house. Lots of travel: to India for family reasons; to Utah for snowboarding; to Chicago and Spokane (Nebula and Hugo Award weekends); other locales possibly. Revising and reducing our spending habits. And last but not at all least, more writing! I want to get organized about what I'm working on in each month and following through on goals. I also need to set deadlines for myself to get drafts edited and into the submission queue (my least favorite part).
The kicker is that I am going to be responsible for organizing and executing on most of that list. Ryan will definitely be helping with the remodel as and when he can, but I'm always the travel agent, schedule keeper, and financial planner for our family. I'm the author, too. :P
Which brings me to this year's One Little Word: administrate - to manage or direct (the affairs of a business, institution, etc).
In this case, I need to manage *and* direct the affairs of our family as well as myself, the author. It'll be too easy to let tasks slip through the cracks, and I hate myself when that happens so I'm going to do my best to administrate the hell out of my life this year.