Break Free From Your Routine Without Sacrificing Your Schedule
Last weekend we went camping with another family, and we’ve camped before but it’s not like an every weekend thing, and after we got back home, I texted my friend how amazing it felt to do something that actually felt like a weekend.
I started thinking about what made it feel so different from our typical weekend. It was out of our routine.
I had that urge to do more stuff out of my routine, but quickly realized that it would throw me off.
Now, my audience is made up of women who freaking love a good routine. That is me, too. I like knowing what’s coming, I find comfort in it. I mean, it’s how we get things accomplished, right? It’s how we are able to tackle busy weeks without losing our minds because we are able to go on cruise control.
The downside of this is the same. We are on cruise control.
I want to share with you a strategy that creates an in between. In short: it’s Options.
There are many spaces in our routines we can add variety without losing the structure of our days.
In essence, you want to have different options to plug in, without it becoming a new routine because that will pretty quickly feel the same as the old routine.
One example for me would be my workspace. Typically I am working at the kitchen table which isn’t exactly inspiring and feels stale. When I create options, I find I could sit outside, be upstairs in my new space (can’t always do that bc Brett and I share that space, and he’s loud!), or a coffee shop nearby.
Same timeframe that I’m working, however there’s a sense of newness when I change the location.
Look at a morning routine. Lets say you get up, make coffee, do a little yoga and listen to a favorite song. Great! But when it starts to feel uninspired, can you come up with other actions that would be fun in the morning. Journal, listen to a podcast, sit in a different spot and read. Now, when you get up you can decide what sounds best. Still a morning routine, but now you’re not just going through motions.
Another amazing thing about this way of mixing up your routine is how it allows us plays with intuition. Listening to our intuition gets overly complicated and it really doesn’t have to be. When you create a few options, you are pausing to listen to your intuition and decide which sounds best at the moment. It’s not the Wild West, you’re still living with structure but it can get you out of auto-pilot.
Now, its going to be your instinct to create a routine out of it. “I liked working at the coffee shop so now on Tuesdays, I’m going to work at the coffee shop!” Careful there! Instead of plugging that into a new routine, leave that as an option.
So, I want you to think of an area that feels stale, and instead of coming up with a new way to do it, what are 2 options you can work into your rotation?
My Break-Free Method is for those who are ready to feel content, be present, and achieve balance in all aspects of life without falling behind. Is that you? Let’s chat!