Why is routine essential for you?
Every successful story you ever heard included a common element- Routine. Routine brings consistency which turns into a habit.
But routine also plays its part when it comes to your emotional growth. Having a routine doesn’t mean you have to sit in the same office and do something boring every time. For you, a routine could mean going out every Sunday or traveling to a different country every month. It could even mean being routinely un-routine. Setting up a routine is a very personal task that should be made using conscious decisions and empathy with yourself. The only point being, that you decide and then stick to it!
It is not about what your routine consists of, but how steady and safe your subconscious mind is made through consistency and achieving expected outcomes.
- Routine trains your brain against resistance:
Most things that we do impulsively sometimes aid in resistance. You might really want to go to a party, and not prepare that presentation. But going out is worthless if it means affecting an important meeting the next day.
Crafting a conscious routine is like letting your conscious self decide your actions. Integrate a task into the norm or push through resistance with regulation.
When you want to finish creating a presentation and you commit to completing 3 slides every night this week and no matter how long it takes, you have to do it. This way you affirm your choice to begin and also your ability to do it. You feel validated because of you and by you.
- Routine guides your mood:
Regulated and consistent actions reduce fight or flight instincts as you no longer have to face the unknown.
Routine also helps us to easily flow into the state of deep concentration easily. Remember, when sometimes we become so completely engaged in our work and all ideas/ worries dissolve and we are only present with the task in hand.
Similarly, when you guide your brain with cues like 7:00 AM is when you wake up or 2:00 am is when you sit down to write etc. you will naturally fall into that flow with ease, and just out of habit!
- No routine = Acting out of fear
Without any routine, one might fall into the trap of fixing short-term problems and running away from putting more effort. A free schedule has gaps and spaces which allows us to think that we can take some time off when we might actually be listening to procrastination. But, if you are used to taking a break at that time, you’ll allow it because you always do it at that exact time.
As children, having a routine made us feel safe. We didn’t have to decide whether it is going to work or be scary, or harmful. We somehow tuned ourselves to what the timetable said. As adults, engaging with routines gives us the feeling of purpose because now that task has a simple idea attached to it- You know how to do this because you have done this before!