I experiment a lot with my daily and weekly routines. The first thing I do in the morning; how I switch from one activity to the next; what I do to get myself going again in the afternoon when I at times feel lethargic; what I do on Mondays; what I do on Fridays. I get pretty excited when I find a new routine that I like, but inevitably, after a few weeks (or a few months if I’m lucky), I get bored with that routine and go in search of another.
What I have found is that with each adjustment to my routine, each new combination of activities that I engage in, I open myself up to new ideas. Because of that openness I discover new projects that I want to pursue, realize next steps on old ones, and meet new people that end up having a positive influence on me in that moment or down the line. This happens because your mind and body recognize when something is different, and in many cases that leads to an invigorating energy that allows you to look at things big and small from a new perspective. It’s that new perspective that triggers the ideas that otherwise would have gone unnoticed.
So now, instead of searching for that one perfect routine, I’m content with the knowledge that my routine will regularly change. I put in the work each day – that doesn’t change. But I’m embracing the fact that I can play around with the ways in which I put in that hard work. And that playfulness, that eagerness to experiment with new routines, often leads to breakthroughs.
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