Routines just work. Whether it’s exercise or leaving for work at the same time every day, we structure our lives around to-dos that put us on automatic.
Stuff gets done, we’re generally happy for crossing them off the list and then we move on and do them again.
But routines stifle creativity. Staying open to other possibilities makes room for further improvement and happiness. For example, if you can no longer run you may find that walking and weightlifting can be a powerful substitute. As a result, you may also adopt a healthier diet to stave off weight.
Deviation doesn’t have to be so extreme though. Something as simple as going a different route to work can make you think different.
When you change behavior, you learn new things and grow. That’s why failure is so impactful; failure tests your ability to adapt to complete newness.
When you change up routines, you also change your perspective which prevents you from getting bored.
If you’re feeling stuck it’s probably because you’re doing the exact same thing every day. One slight tweak can make all the difference.