Routine keeps your life organized by providing structure and repetition. The schedule keeps you on track and helps you get things done. It eliminates time wasted on trying to figure out dinner, how to get to work and other daily tasks.
The downside of a routine is monotony; no one loves boredom. Chaos or a poor routine filled with bad habits can break you. Sleeping late, rushing to work and pushing deadlines will not earn you a promotion or peace of mind.
However, small, smart choices repeated consistently over time create radical success. Your habits create a world filled with opportunity or chaos. You decide.
A good routine can be a powerful thing in your life; creating time to relax, get motivated and be creative. Influencers like Tony Robbins, Richard Branson and Benjamin Franklin advocate routine to improve your life.
It’s important to identify if your routine is making your life better or worse. Do you feel energized and happy throughout the day? Or do you feel like you are in a rut? Figuring out how you feel because of your routine can be the key to determining what kind of changes you need to make.
How to Create a Positive Routine
A routine is nothing more than a series of habits. To create a positive routine, you will have to add some good practices. You must replace a bad pattern with a good one to change. But creating a new habit is hard. Here’s what you need to do:
- Create a trigger – remind yourself of the new behavior you want to create. Use a physical item like a rubber band on the wrist or sticky notes everywhere to keep you thinking about the new habit.
- Perform the action – do what it is that you want to improve.
- Name the benefit – write down how you feel afterward (energized, motivated, relaxed).
- Repeat the cycle – You create a pattern which prevents you from impulsively reacting. The more you repeat the behaviors, the stronger your new good habit will become.
How to Have a Routine and Still Be Spontaneous
You need a little variety to keep you creative and happy. For a planner, spontaneity sounds like chaos. However, some unplanned events can keep life interesting. Here are five ideas:
- Let your partner surprise you! Take a short road trip without an itinerary. Enjoy the experience along the way.
- Pack a picnic and find a pretty park. Get outside and appreciate the great outdoors. You don’t have to spend a lot of money to have fun.
- Call someone out of the blue. Reconnect with a family member or friend you don’t see anymore. The memories and laughs you will share are worth it!
- Have a movie night at home. Make some popcorn, order pizza and put on a new rental or old favorite. The kids will think you are an all-star!
- Explore your town. When was the last time you walked in the historic district or visited the library? Do you have a museum or state park nearby? Get local and check out the treasures around you.
A routine will organize your life. You will accomplish more and have better energy. However, don’t be afraid to add some spice to your schedule. You need a balance to keep life interesting.