Routines: Good or Bad?

Do you think everyone benefits from a routine? Why or why not?

            I appreciate how dense this compact question is. I think there are advantages and disadvantages to adhering to a routine. Before I answer this question in a most subjective yet rational way, I would like to state why routines garner such benign and detrimental aspects in one’s day-to-day life.

Routines are predictable, safe, and adaptive to one’s individual place in the world. It is easy to abide by something that is so trivial. Little thought and energy is given to doing things that one normally does. Routines allows one to experience a sense of safety and security, reassurance, especially in times of discomfort or distress. It is like a safety net, something to fall back on, and something to rely on. One’s comfort zone is a place of familiarity and tranquility. It distills the pressures that life presents, the uncertainty of the future, and the fear that follows close behind.

On the other hand, routines can also refrain one from trying new things or explore differing realms of understanding the world. People genuinely fear the unknown and constructing routines is a way one adapts to the changes that life presents us. Routines can render us from taking necessary risks. They could dissuade us from breaking free of complacence. There is a whole world out there to interact with, to learn from, to experience, but routines can ultimately hold us back from fully harnessing our potential.

To say the least, the most sensible answer I can come up with is moderation. It is perfectly healthy to construct and modify routines from time to time. However, taking a leap of faith sometimes is a great way to grow as a person, even if we make the wrong choices, especially if we make the worst choices. Perhaps more primitive things like waking up, taking a shower, brushing your teeth, etc. is a beneficial routine while something like driving the same route to work or even rushing straight home after work rather than trying something new could essentially prevent one from fully enjoying life. I think I should practice what I preach. I am a creature of habit. I don’t know, maybe everyone is. But does everyone benefit from a routine? Sometimes. Sometimes we do.

Adorning Morning

Awakened by my pet cat,

Or was it the sunlight spilling from the blinds?

I am no longer fat,

Work outs and eating food of the healthy kinds,

I stare into the mirror,

And embrace the man I have become,

My strength is no error,

Despite my flaws for I still have some,

I shower under the warm water,

Singing the latest song I recall,

No longer fearing the role of martyr,

For I don’t care who hears down the hall,

The status quo I’m never beneath,

Drying myself off,

Brushing my teeth,

Wondering what happened to David Hasselhoff,

Feed my feline,

Feed myself,

Silence is divine,

All the food is on the top shelf,

I try on different outfits,

Especially ones that highlight my weight loss,

Even as an adult I’m still one of the misfits,

No one tell me what to do I’m my own boss,

I lock the door behind me,

And set forth towards a new day,

A new adventure laid out by He,

My faith in Him leaves the darkness at bay

Sticking with familiar or embracing something new?

Hello, my fallen angels! How is your weekend going? So today, I am going to talk about a time in one’s life where they must decide to stay the same or try something new. Sticking with routine is comfortable and predictable. It allows you to be at ease but also prevents you from experiencing new things. Trying something new may feel uncomfortable and unpredictable. You would leave your comfort zone but it allows you to learn and grow as a person. For instance, I was working out at the gym and realized that I have been doing the same regimen for four months straight. I felt too used to it and my regimen doesn’t even cover working my core or inner thigh, which are my two biggest concerns. So I spent two hours trying to construct a regimen B that I can do when I’m not doing my usual routine. It didn’t feel right though. I fear the unknown just like the next person. Should I just return to the old regimen or continue to create a new one? Either way, I am not forking over $50 for a single consultation with a personal trainer. So think about the current point in your life and analyze it in this perspective. You should try new things but sometimes it’s good to wait until you are ready to explore. I hope you fallen angels have a wonderful day! Over and out.