*The Route 56 Challenge: Day 51*
I’ve always been fascinated by routines and habits. We all, of course, are creatures of habit. Some of us just show our habit forming ways in certain areas and others have there own routines. Even those of you that would scoff at the idea that you are tied down by such mechanisms of habit have them, trust me. You don’t need to be “Type-A” or OCD for habits to be relevant. Furthermore, habits can be both wonderful assets and dark enemies.
World class athletes have impeccable routines that are unique to them and their performance that are the difference between winning and losing. On the opposite side of the same coin, men and women all over the world have habits that will cost them their family, their happiness, and quite possibly their life.
Do you have certain rituals and routines that show up in your day? Many of us can relate to specific procedures around sleeping and waking, for example. Maybe you get out of bed and have a sequence of tasks that leads you out of the door on your way to work. It’s your routine and it gets you ready for the day.
Chances are a routine like the common morning tradition is a habit that is beneficial. It accomplishes all your tasks of preparation for the day, and since its ingrained into your day, you can almost do it mindlessly without forgetting a step or wasting time. Many times it takes an interruption to your routine to realize how powerful it is. Imagine the wrench that’s thrown into one’s day when his/her coffee maker doesn’t start automatically like it has for the last 200 weekdays in a row.
It doesn’t take a wildly creative mind to shift gears and think of habits that are destructive and controlling, either. Unlike the aforementioned morning routine, what impact does an unbreakable sweet tooth habit have on one’s daily life? How about a smoking habit? There are countless habits that double as an addiction.
When the mindless, seamless qualities that make a routine or habit so efficient and useful are attributed to something counter productive, the consequences can range from frustration to death. I’d encourage you to take a look at the routines in your life. We all have them. Take note, though, as to which one’s help you and which one’s hurt you.
Embrace the routines of productivity, and fight to put down the habits of destruction.
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