I must admit when I went to work this morning I had a totally different post with the title “Orange” in my head.

When we hear the word “routine” we almost instantly have the association “boring” in our head,

but is routing really as bad as we think?

On my way to work we have this small bakery

and for the last few weeks I went in there

and bought the same breakfast every morning.

Today something happened:

I went in there

and the lady behind the count asked:

“The usual?”

I said yes; And I was happy that she remembered.

Routine is a good thing.

If you drink a pint of water every morning for six month in a row,

it will become routine and you can stop reminding yourself to do it.

If you work on your side project every lunchbreak,

it will become routine and you won’t forget to do it.

Getting to the point that something becomes routine

is sometimes not as easy as it sounds,

but there are some things you can do to help.

  1. Decide what you want to become a routine.
  2. Decide where and when it should happen.
  3. Force yourself to do it at the decided place and time!

    (Put a reminder up there and an alarm on your phone.)

  4. Do it for at least 3 month.

    (It might be quicker, but you want to be sure.)

  5. Reevaluate.

    Your decision to make it a routing might have been wrong,

    it will be hard to get rid of it again!

Choose something simple for the first try.
The “drink a pint of water first thing in the morning” might not be a bad thing to aim for.

Be careful what you pick though, a routine might become a tick;
And you don’t want to pick your nose every time before you shake hands with someone 😉

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