We are a military family. So, that means we move. Often.
As my daughter was approaching her 6th birthday a few years ago, she said, “Momma, my birthday is coming up, it is time to move!” By that time she had lived in five states, one for each year of her life and she just assumed we really moved each year.
We thankfully no longer move quite so frequently, but we do still experience many changes and shifts to our routines. For a long time, I fought the constant changes and would get frustrated with having to figure everything out, again. But, as we moved more and more, I began to see the benefits too.
Here are 5 Advantages I found of Starting A New Routine:
I love a good routine. Trust me. But, I also see how easy it is to fall complacent with a routine and just go through the motions. When I simply go through the motions, I don’t spend much time thinking or problem-solving. By nature, it dulls the experience. By changing the routine, you force yourself to be more intentional and mindful of the actions you are taking.
Have you ever noticed when you drive the same route, day in and day out, your brain can wander off and you just aren’t as attentive to the road as you probably should be? But if you take a different route, you are fully engaged in driving and fully present. The same thing happens when you change your routine. You wake up to the world around you, you become more present, and you see things in a different light.
Think about the last time you were on vacation. I bet it was easier to get up in the morning and easier to be more active. So many times I return from vacation and say it was nice to just get out of the ‘routine’! You are more alert, more alive and you take in the sights, sounds and smells of your environment giving you more energy and life to each day.
By shifting your routine, you have to think differently and you have to problem-solve your day differently. This forces you to tap back into your creative side more. You challenge yourself to think outside the box which gets the left side of the brain moving again.
With a new routine, you realize there is more than one way to make you tick, and more than one way to meet the goals and objectives you set out to do. By learning to break out of your own routines, you become more open to learning new ways of doing things and seeing alternative ways of doing things. As a side bonus, you adapt to new situations and accept change more easily.
Changing your routine is challenging, but with good reason.
You are pushing yourself outside your comfort zone and that is where the magic happens. We all want to continually grow and improve upon ourselves and we just don’t do that standing still. In order to become the future version of yourself you dream of today, you have to make changes in your life and routines to get there.