Some of the synonyms for the word routine are habit, practice and schedule. A habit can be good or bad; a practice can be regular or seldom and a schedule can be busy or empty. If you are busy, love your work and there are a lot of positive things happening to you and positive people supporting you, you will see routine as an asset in your life. If you are bored, loathe your work and there are a lot of negative things happening to you and negative people surrounding you, you will see routine as a liability in your life.
I believe that whether things are going well or need improvement in your life, you can realize the rich rewards of regular routines. When you feel like nothing is going right in your life, routines allow you to feel a sense of accomplishment each and every day. Routines give you structure and direction when you feel lost, alone, isolated, uncertain and unsuccessful. When you are feeling tired, unhappy and unmotivated, routines can energize you, make you happy and motivate you to get unstuck and to keep moving forward.
Let me share a personal example of how routine has had a very positive impact on my life. I started a new morning routine about 60 days ago. My old morning routine was to get out of bed, turn on my computer, read and respond to e-mails, make breakfast, eat it quickly and then get on with the rest of my day. This increased my stress, indigestion and irritability. I realized that I really missed the routine of working out first thing in the morning. My new morning routine is to get out of bed, put on my workout clothes and shoes which are piled beside the bed, go to the gym, do an intense walking workout on the treadmill, stretch, make breakfast, eat breakfast slowly and then get on with the rest of my day. I have done this same routine every day for 60 days without missing a single day. I have significantly less stress, indigestion and irritability and I feel significantly more positive, energized and motivated.
Furthermore, I have read that the routine of eating at the same time every day is one of the key ingredients to successful weight loss and that the routine of going to sleep and waking up at the same time every day is one of the key contributors to good health.
Please e-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org and tell me how you have realized the rich rewards of regular routines.