My take on this may surprise you.
You see, I'm quite a spontaneous person with a high value on freedom and adventure. And I used to find routine and structure extremely boring, rigid and constraining. I suppose a part of me still does.
I'm a passionate person and extremes are easy to creep in for me, and before I know it 100% spontaneity can become 50% distraction + 50% chaos. Not quite what I'd hope to get from spontaneity (which can be so fun and adventurous and free!).
For example whilst giving is important and valuable, 100% giving can morph into burnout, being modest and humble works too but 100% modesty can mutate into "Who am I ..." and disempower you, supporting others and doing what is expected has its place but 100% repressing your vision and living someone else's idea of your life can morph into depression, existential crisis, and so on.
Over time I've come to realise that extremes are not really what serves me best. Or anyone I know. So....
Spontaneity NEEDS a container, a frame, a grounding force .... and the Routine provides just that. A space to play around, a focus, a funnel even, to pour all that energy into something purposeful. To not spread yourself too thin and get distracted by myriad of details.
In the work context, this comes down to knowing my priorities, having the plans top of mind (also helps to write them down), and then checking-in with myself during the day to make sure that's still accurate. It's about committing my energy to specific things, and then checking that they're still right for me.
Because the last thing I'd want is to keep doing things purely out of habit, unconsciously, on autopilot, without a real purpose behind it. (I do find habits useful, but only when they're really serving me!)
I love supporting people with great visions, it's exciting and motivating to help make them a reality!
And I love supporting people in creating great visions too - out of those subtle inklings we flesh out the vision that's laying hidden somewhere deep inside.
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Do you know anyone struggling to create a better routine? Please share this blog with them.
And I'm always happy to hear your take on things, so let me know in the comments below :)
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