Routine can be boring or helpful according to its context. When we think about routine days it might be in regards to everyday tasks we must perform out of obligation. Routine can be helpful and not necessarily boring when applied to going to the gym for a workout. One of the best uses of the word refers to comedy routines. So routine is a very nuanced term.
Most of us have some sort of routine we follow after waking up from sleep. Aside from coffee and breakfast, writing a post for bluejayblog on WordPress is something I’ve done each day without fail since February of 2011. Actually this blog’s history goes back a couple of years earlier, when it was hosted by Yahoo! before they pretty much shuttered their blogging division. So for better or worse, this blog is integral to my morning routine.
Whether or not routine bores you silly or bestows upon you great joy, routine indicates detail-oriented, methodical effort. This is the type of effort that helps us get the results we want. Most often, this determined, repetitive effort is an integral ingredient in goal achievement. A person develops a plan and a schedule to remain on point. Putting one foot in front of the other, consistently with utmost commitment, enables progress.
People who are faithful to their routines never leave a job half finished. They prefer to complete their assigned tasks on time at their jobs. Employers know they can depend upon people who follow through on their promises, even if the tasks are boring, or mundane. Such employees are the bread and butter of a company. Regarding entrepreneurs and self-employed people, routine is especially useful. In this case, there are repetitive schedules, obligations, mandatory responsibilities that add to the joy of going it on their own.
Regarding folks who want better self-discipline and stick-to-it energy, self-help gurus encourage us to establish a routine, perhaps a schedule, that we faithfully follow for a month. By the end of the month the routine will have morphed into a habit. That’s how it should be, because a routine is basically just a set of useful habits.
Wise use of routine is a vehicle to travel the path of self-improvement and character development. For instance, if a person wants to become more spiritually aware, she may create a meditation routine. She mindfully sits each morning at a specific time. Over the span of a month, her meditation becomes a habit or routine part of each day.
This same concept works for other matters we might want to improve. One of the most simple routines is the habit of making the bed right away in the morning. This often results in a domino-effect on how the rest of the day unfolds. This simple, practical habit of making the bed makes accomplishing the rest of our mundane chores habitual and easier.
Routine should be utilized judiciously and not overdone. Too much routine can result in feelings of being stuck in the mire of drudgery and the boring daily grind of inertia. If you’ve noticed that you’ve become overly conservative and resistant to change, it might be smart to give yourself a refreshing jolt of variety. Sometimes breaking away for awhile and utilizing spontaneity is a great idea. Life can be more rewarding when we don’t dogmatically stick to the rules. We create a life of vibrancy by being open to new experiences.
The point to remember is that to be able to do what we really want to do, routine must be taken into consideration.
The Blue Jay of Happiness ponders something from astrophysicist, author, cosmologist, lecturer, and planetary scientist, Neil deGrasse Tyson. “Physics is the only profession in which prophesy is not only accurate but routine.”