Why It's Good To Give Routine A Shake

Published: April 6, 2011
By: Faye Hollands

It occurred to me yesterday when I was cooking dinner at breakfast time, that flexibility is the key to getting better results at home and work.  As boring as it might sound, I love routine.  When I know what I’m supposed to be doing, and when, I can smash through goals and to-do lists with military precision.  However, all of that changed for me recently and I’m starting to see that there are some big bonuses to giving my normal routine a vigorous shake…

Shake, Rattle and Roll

So why was I cooking Moroccan chicken at 8am?  Well, because my culinary skills take a serious nose-dive when I’m trying to deal with a screaming new-born who needs bathing and feeding at the same time, I’ve decided that dishing up a tasty delight requires a quieter time of day.  Put simply, evening’s just don’t work for me anymore – I’ve got more than enough going on without trying to stick to my old routine of cooking dinner at night.

My favourite word ‘routine’ in now struggling to co-exist alongside my daughter Charli, and I’ve realised that somethings gotta give – and that something is ME!  This isn’t just about cooking dinner, and it’s not just about having a baby either.  What I’ve learned is that, regardless of how wonderful my old routine used to be, if it doesn’t work for me anymore I need to change if I want to continue enjoying life, getting good results, and staying sane (that’s the parenting bit!).

We’re naturally creatures of habit which can be very beneficial, but if circumstances change and we don’t adapt our routine accordingly we can end up fighting what’s going on around us, instead of making life easier for ourselves.   Take my example – if I continue to try and cook dinner at 6pm every night I will probably have no hair left by the end of this week.  It’s as simple as that.  My lifestyle has changed, and I need to change with it.

This realisation got me thinking about how many other routine things I do that could benefit from a big shake-up, and I soon realised that my days are going to start looking very different from here on in.

Consider this…

  • Exercise: Do you go to the gym at night when you’re exhausted?  How different would your results be if you went in the mornings or at lunchtime?
  • Study: Are you studying in the evenings when you’re distracted by your flat mate or the TV?  What if you went to the library at lunchtimes instead?
  • Career: Do you look to the same person to give you career advice?  What if you got a new coach or mentor?
  • Sales & Marketing: Are you calling prospects in the morning and getting mediocre results? What would happen if you did your sales calls at a different time?
  • Emails: Do you spend the morning checking your emails and then work back late because you haven’t got everything done?  What if you limited the amount of time you gave to your inbox?
  • Groceries: Would you save more time if you went shopping in the evening instead of at the weekend when the shops are busier?

This list could go on and on …. there are SO many things we do every day and week that form the basis for our habits and routines.  But that doesn’t mean they have to stay that way, and you don’t have to wait for a major life-changing event to shake things up a little. Or a lot.

If you think some of your routine’s could do with a rattle, ask yourself the following:-

  • What areas of your life would you like to see different results?  Career, health, relationships, finances, development
  • Within those areas, what things have you been doing the same way for a while?
  • If you were to do them differently, what would you do?
  • How can you implement those changes now?
  • What will the result be of those changes?

Stop doing things at a particular time just because that’s the way you’ve always done them.  For me, cooking dinner in the morning makes my day less stressful and means that I get to eat a healthy meal instead of some microwave slop, which is the result I’m looking for.  It doesn’t matter WHEN I cooked up a storm – the outcome is the important thing.

What are you going to differently this week?  Post a comment below and let me know….

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Written by Faye Hollands – Director at Outshine Consulting. Faye is an accomplished Career 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 your FREE MP3 download of Faye’s popular teleseminar ‘How To Create A Career You Love‘ and weekly articles to improve your career and time management skills click here.

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

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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