We wake up, we take a shower, we have breakfast, we go to work, we eat, we go back to work, we come home, we talk a little with our loved ones, we do various chores, we watch the TV where we play sports, we have dinner, we sleep … and we start again. Many people will feel identified with this succession of actions, being in fact their daily or almost daily routine. Many of them will have sighed with a little disgust.
And is the routine monotonous, being for many a boring or limited thing and generating the desire to introduce the occasional variation. But the question is … how to do it ?, How to get out of the routine? In this article, we will try to give some guidelines or pointers to try to introduce modifications that allow us to live our life as something a little less monotonous.
What’s the routine?
For better or worse, most people know what routine is – the presence of a series of customs and habits which are repeated continuously over time and often performed automatically.
Routine implies the existence of a pattern of operation in which the subject does not move, and on which as a general rule this does not correspond to the idea of introducing changes. And the constant repetition and the lack of novelties can generate that, at the end and in the head, we come to think that our life does not stop being a concatenation of the same actions, arriving to appear a certain boredom. That’s why most people with a set routine usually want to change it from time to time.
But routine also has good things: it provides security in the way things will turn out and makes it difficult for us to deal with situations that are unexpected and foreign to what we have already planned. In fact, this is one of the main reasons why, while it can be monotonous, there is resistance to introducing changes. Novelty is a risk, a risk that can be frightening and have different consequences.
Also, many people justify not changing their routine because they have no other alternative. And it’s true that in a society like today, we usually have to have a job, pay the bills, and maintain our homes. However, this does not mean that there is also an excuse: although it is possible and even recommended in some cases, it is not necessary to make a radical life change to introduce changes that make our lives more exciting.
Guidelines for getting out of the routine
Getting out of the routine involves performing actions that are different from what we normally do, something that says can be easy but actually has some complexity. That is why, in this article, we are going to look at different guidelines for make changes in our daily life and get out of our routine.
1. Identify your routine
The first step in getting out of the routine is to recognize that it exists and to be able to identify it. If you feel like you have a very routine life, you need to keep in mind what you are doing on a daily basis and keep it repeating itself.
2. He appreciates what makes her unpleasant
Once we have identified the routine we are following, it is necessary to assess which of all of this we dislike, reject, or make us feel stagnant. It can be useful to do a self-check or a schedule of our daily life in which we value more what each performance makes us feel.
3. Think about the changes you want
What do I want to achieve ?, How far am I from it ?, What can I do to get closer? These three questions are essential. It is about considering what is wanted and what aspects of the routine bring us closer and which take us apart. We must also understand that we are willing to do to change. Sometimes it may be necessary completely break with the previous diagrams (For example, changing a job that doesn’t satisfy us or ending a relationship that doesn’t satisfy us).
4. Eat and sleep well
Food and sleep are among the least considered elements and yet they are among the most important in explaining our well-being. It also influences the perception of life as routine. It is important that eating and sleeping are acts in which we focus on what we are doing and doing it well: getting enough sleep and eating in a balanced way is essential for maintain our health both physically and mentally.
5. Separate spaces
One of the things that can make us see our daily life as a routine is the fact that we do everything anytime, anywhere. It is not uncommon for spaces and actions to mix, it is difficult to separate the different moments and it is easy to develop a sense of continuity that it is difficult for us to disconnect. You have to separate the spaces and the moments, have everything its moment and its place and generate a break between the different tasks: do not work lying in bed or in the same place where you eat.
6. What do you like or want?
One of the things that will allow us to change our routine is to start evaluating things that we are not practicing in our routine and that we would nevertheless like to implement. Ask yourself what your hobbies are or what catches your eye. Maybe we like to crochet, climb a climbing wall, or go to the opera. Leisure is important, And we often don’t take advantage of the moments we have for free. It is important to generate moments when we can cultivate our tastes.
7. Set new goals
Perhaps one of the most important ways that the greatest change can generate is the idea of forming a goal or objective, something we can focus on and find very motivating.
These goals can be just about anything, but the point is, they’re a bit removed from our day-to-day business. For example, learning to play an instrument, speak a language, study a career, lose weight, go on a trip or volunteer, or play sports may be steps that are slightly different from normal. It is even possible that the goal is to change jobs or find a partner. Of course, they must be realistic goals
8. Generate small intermediate steps to reach the new goal
Our original goals can be complex to achieve if the goal is very ambitious. However, that doesn’t mean we shouldn’t try. We will have to establish small intermediate milestones that allow us to gradually approach the final goal, being these milestones also something stimulating in themselves.
9. Commit and persevere in change
It’s great to make plans, but they are useless if there is no firm commitment to make them happen. We must keep in mind that difficulties and obstacles may ariseBut we must be able to be decisive, and dealing with this change takes effort.
One thing is clear: in most situations, changes will not happen spontaneously but will require commitment and effort on the part of everyone. As Einstein said: If you want new results, don’t always do the same thing. Sitting on the couch and regretting it is understandable at some point, but in practice it is unnecessary and we will have to commit to change.
10. Change the stimuli in your environment
In addition to the above changes, it can be useful to try and modify small aspects of your environment. Introduce new items to your office, redecorate your home, Change clothes between work and play or put on music that activates or relaxes you (depending on your needs).
11. Meet people and keep the spirit open
Meeting new people will inspire us to see new perspectives in life, to learn from others and to give of ourselves. It is important to share and be open to try to understand how other people understand the world.
12. Get in touch with nature
Most people in a city have little or no contact with nature. And the truth is, this contact has been shown to be beneficial for a lot of conditions such as stress, depression, or anxiety. Going on natural getaways from time to time can help us better withstand the usual routine and may lead to changes.
13. Play sports
Sport is always a positive thing in terms of reducing stress levels and increasing endorphins, in addition to being one of the possible modifications in our daily life (If we haven’t done this before), it can generate a big change for us. Of course, it is important that this does not represent a new routine, but a challenge or a challenge that you really want to take on (although at the beginning you will probably have to force yourself a little)
14. Let yourself be improvised
One of the big problems with routine is precisely that it is extremely predictable. This way, we must leave room for improvisation in our lives: It is good that we leave some unforeseen time, in which to do what we feel at the moment or that presents itself.
15. Get out of your comfort zone: explore new possibilities
A key element if we are to break away from the routine is to set aside our comfort zone. It’s important to be daring to try new things, even if we don’t know whether they will like it or not. Maybe just explore a new neighborhood in your city, a type of activity that you had never considered trying or visiting other cultures and countries. And very important: do something you want to do even if it scares you.
16. Meditation or mindfulness
Another way to do this may be to do some sort of meditation or mindfulness, through which we begin to experience with full awareness the moment we are in, putting aside thoughts and judgments and letting those flows flow. unchanged.