Why Does Everyone Hate Routine?
I’ve heard it a million times…
“I’m just trying to get out of the day-to-day routine.”
Believe it or not, the routine is not the enemy.
The idea of doing things the same way has gotten an unwarranted negative stigma, especially if the way things are being done is efficient and effective.
There is precision in repetition.
There is a reason a basketball player shoots 50 free-throws in practice, a reason the assembly line revolutionized the auto industry, and a reason establishing a routine in your daily life will prove beneficial.
Routines get a bad reputation because people tend to get stuck in them. If routines are consistently updated, and flexibility and innovation are top priorities, that issue no longer exists.
Everything from managing your work time to organizing the sequence of events you go through to get ready in the morning can benefit from consistency. Routines matter.
So here are three things to consider when looking to set a productive routine:
- The better you can be at establishing a process, documenting the process, and following the steps each time, the more efficient you will become.
- The better you are at setting non-interrupted work times with specific outcomes in mind, the more focused and results-oriented you will become.
- And the better you get at planning your spontaneity, the more enjoyable it will be knowing that all your other tasks and timelines are right where they need to be.
As you push yourself to build an effective routine, keep in mind the famous words of Aristotle:
We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit.