The benefit of a daily routine

There is power in having a daily routine.  For years I have resisted it, thinking that I want to go with the flow, allow things to happen, or I’ll get the work done when I get inspired.  The challenge is, life is full of curveballs, and the moments of inspiration didn’t happen as often as I thought it would.

I have learned that you will experience great days and you will have bad days.  The work still has to get done.

This is where routine comes in.  If you have crafted a great routine, it will serve you on good days as well as in on bad days.

Routines help you to focus on your energy on what needs to get done, and what you need to do in order to get things done.  Allow me to explain.

On the days where you feel overwhelmed and frustrated, a routine gives you structure and guidance.

“A schedule defends from chaos and whim. It is a net for catching days” writes author Annie Dillard.  Your routine will tell you what to do next when you don’t know what to do next.

When you have one of those days that you just feel you don’t have time, a routine helps you to make the time that you do have count.

What about those days when you have too much time?  As author Austin Kleon stated in his book entitled Keep Going, “when you have all the time in the world, a routine helps you make sure you don’t waste it.”

A word of caution on routines.  Many articles have been written about the routines of successful people.  “The hard part about getting good advice isn’t getting it. It’s following it.” Wise words by Seth Godin.  What works for them may work for you, or it may not work at all.  You have to establish what works for you.  You have different life circumstances, expectations, and obligations than me.  Figure out what works for you.  Then create a routine.

Then let the routine work for you.


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