Why You Need To Disrupt Your Routine

Published: April 11, 2012
By: Faye Hollands

I love routine.  It gives me structure, control and with a baby I almost can’t do without it.  Routine can be a fabulous thing, letting us form habits that help us through the day and make life easier.  But – and it’s a big BUT – routine can also be very detrimental when it comes to career progression and that’s why a rejig from time to time can benefit us all.  Here’s why…

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As we all know, habits can be good and bad.  Either way, they’re not instinctive, they’re actually reactions we acquire.  These reactions can help us form routines in our lives, and significantly those routines and habits actually form US, meaning that ultimately we become a reflection of the reactions we’ve created over time.

To put it another way, if you’re a gym junkie who loves healthy food then you’ve probably got a myriad of habits and reactions that serve you well and as a result are a reflection of the healthy lifestyle you lead.

On the downside, if your routine is somewhat negative, then your habits probably need to be changed, and that’s the key word here – change.

Change creates a fear of the unknown for many people, and threatens our habits and patterns of behavior, forcing us to reevaluate the things we do in our lives and how we do them.

It also often means that we need to unlearn past behaviors that don’t serve us well, which can be tricky  (think bad eating, laziness, procrastination, lack of exercise … and so on!).

The problem with change is that, whilst it can be very beneficial, people are often more comfortable with their old way of doing things, and old problems, rather than embracing new solutions.  Even if their old ways are painful on some level!

So here’s the thing – if you’re not getting the results you want in your career (or life) you need to disrupt your habits and routine, and embrace change.   That doesn’t mean that you have to leave your current company, or embark on an entirely new career path, it simply means that it’s time to reassess what habits are serving you well and ditch the one’s that aren’t.

On a minor level perhaps having your email open all day is a habit that needs quashing to improve your productivity.  On a larger scale maybe you need to stop sitting back in meetings, going unheard if you want to get ahead and clinch that promotion you’ve been hoping for.

By disrupting your usual routine, and being open to change, you create the opportunity to be the best version of yourself possible.  It’s like reinventing yourself – it’s invigorating, empowering and necessary if you want to get ahead professionally.

What routine are you going to disrupt? Post a comment below and let me know!  I’m going to start outsourcing and delegating more …. I’ve got to let go of ‘the control freak’ within me, and start forming some good new habits that create more time and space in my day.  How exciting!

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Written by Faye Hollands – Director at Outshine Consulting and Busy Working Mumma. Faye is an accomplished Career Coach, Small Business Coach and Productivity Specialist who has successfully coached countless clients on how to create a career they love, get more done in less time, and achieve personal and professional success.

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Faye Hollands

About Faye Hollands

Faye is an accomplished Career Coach, Small Business Coach and Productivity Specialist who has successfully coached countless clients on how to create a career they love, get more done in less time, and achieve personal and professional success. To receive weekly articles to improve your career, business and time management skills click here or book your Free Focus Session here.

You can contact Faye on +61 2 8323 4335 or email fayehollands@outshineconsulting.com

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One Response to Why You Need To Disrupt Your Routine

  1. Excellent Thought! Agreed with your blog. Everyone have good and bad habits. But Routine change your bad habits in good. You should make first your to do list try to complete atleast 1-2 task daily. And I am going to disrupt specially my eating routine.
    Very Informative blog- good job! Find here more solutions for life with Professional Coaching.

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