Breaking Your Routine

When last did you wake up in the morning thinking: “Hmmm… What do I feel like doing today?

Well, today was such a day for me. And my decision was… to stay in bed.

Now, I know what you are thinking – BUT, you need to understand that I rarely stay in bed, only when I am sick or not feeling well. Maybe twice a year, at most. Being a morning person and highly organized, I like to jump out of bed and get going with my daily tasks.

But today I decided to give myself a bit of a reward. And no… I didn’t sleep – I worked on some projects, in my pyjamas, in bed.

It is good to sometimes get off the beaten track, to go off the rails. To let go and give up trying to control everything. Because by giving up control of how you always do things, you can create space for new ideas and a more receptive outlook. Here are some benefits of routinely breaking out of your routine.

 

Breaking out of your daily routine can be a powerful way to unlock new ideas

When it is done with intention and self-awareness, breaking from regular routines can be a powerful way to stimulate new thinking, break bad habits, and be more innovative.

Frank Barrett says in his book Yes to the Mess:

Great leaders are able to help people dislodge their routines so they pay attention. They show up with a receptivity so they can respond in creative ways on the spot.

Giving Yourself a Fresh Start

According to research from the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School, taking a fresh start can have a powerful psychological effect that leads to positive behavioural change. This “Fresh Start Effect” suggests that creating shifts in your routine can lead to a sense of starting anew, which helps to reinforce positive habit changes.

You can only take hold of the New if you let go of the Past. Sometimes it helps to do a mind-dump of everything that is going on in your head. Write it all down. Then make a list of the things you can work on to change and declutter your mind.

Embrace Improvisation

Improvisation helps us to get unstuck out of our routine. It opens up the mind to limitless possibilities of responding to whatever life throws at you. The key here, of course, is a willingness to make yourself feel uncomfortable, and sometimes even fall flat on your face—what Barrett calls an “improvisational mindset”. It allows us to embrace creativity and even to have a more “fun” outlook on life.

The Best thing about Routine is being able to Break it

Routine has its benefits and serves as a guideline. But every now and then, take some time to drop your routine and embrace the unfamiliar by trying new things.

The mistakes along the way may just lead to your best work yet!

 

Yours in Wealth and Health,

marleze
 
 

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