Over the past 6 months or so, I have tried to implement some routine into my mornings. If you had to ask many of the successful people you know or follow, you would probably find they all have some sort of a routine for their day.
Spagnola and Fiese (2007) discuss how routines and rituals help early childhood development because it provides predictable structure which helps guide behaviour. Think about it, predictable structure – when are we most comfortable? When we can predict things. It reduces our cognitive load, makes things easier when we have decision fatigue and helps us find efficient ways of getting things done in a particular order.
Even though Steve Jobs believed that dynamic capability fostered innovation, he also believed in routine in terms of process (how things get done) to be part of Apple’s success.
Let’s face it, routines are a lot of work! That’s the main difference between a habit and a routine; a habit is subconscious, performed with little effort or mental capacity, whereas a routine requires great amounts of intention and effort. They say it takes 21 days to make or break a habit – I would love to say that after I broke the 21-day mark of going to gym recently it is a habit, yet it remains an intentional conscious action every day on my part. And, so will most actions in a routine you undertake to get your day going.
Below is brief list of things I do to get my day going, some of it has to do with personal progress, some spiritual progress and other parts mental and physical health. Continue reading → Routine Gets Me High