I used to laugh at people that had to do things a certain way, at a certain time, or in a certain order. Who needs that much structure in life? Where’s the spontaneity? Where’s the “figuring it out as you go along?”
Well, that all changed when I decided it was time to grow up! It wasn’t just about being a parent, although I do think routine and structure tremendously help children and their behavior. Routine has more to do with mitigating risks, overcoming bad habits, and creating new productive habits. Let me explain.
Risks associated with not having a routine:
- Being late = losing a job
- Being bored = finding destructive ways to entertain yourself
- Being unproductive/less productive = not living up to your potential (complacency)
Overcoming bad habits:
- Having the ability to replace bad habits with good ones, but this must be done intentionally
- Seeing how much the destructive habits impact your life
- Deciding you are sick and tired of being sick and tired
Creating new productive habits:
- Taking the time to try new habits you think you will enjoy
- Giving yourself daily goals to meet (Even if that is just being sober for today!)
- Figuring out who you want to be and creating habits to get you there
I know these aren’t groundbreaking ideas on how to be successful and happy in life, but they are definitely ideas that have helped to shape my daily routine. Drop all of the useless garbage from your life that’s holding you in the same destructive cycle. Break free from the “same ol’ thing” every day. Create a routine that can make you better tomorrow than you were today.