I think routines we perform intentionally can be good things. I mean really, who’s going to argue against the routine of saving and investing a portion of your earnings, or of exercising on a regular basis? We intentionally establish and, almost automatically, execute these routines because we’re expecting a positive result from doing so. However, that doesn’t mean we shouldn’t occasionally hold our routines up to examination.
It is important to regularly review our routines to make sure that they are still yielding the results we expect, otherwise, why should we continue following them? For example, take exercising or going to the gym. Sure, you may be working out several days a week, but are you still seeing the results you were striving for when you first began the routine? You are repeatedly investing your time in the routine, right? Are you getting the return you expect from the time you’ve invested?
Just because a routine is done for the right reason doesn’t mean that it is exempt from the need for review and scrutiny to see if changes need to be made. Continuing to use the example of exercising, perhaps that routine needs to incorporate some new exercises or maybe some additional knowledge or perspective is needed from a coach, trainer, or book. If we’re going to invest the time and effort into following a routine, shouldn’t we strive to get the best results possible?
Changing an established routine can be difficult when the routine has become comfortable and familiar. The awkwardness of changing can cause us to revert back to the familiarity of our unproductive old routines. (I’m currently experiencing this struggle as I’m changing up my exercise routine and confronting the awkwardness and discomfort that goes with trying something new.)
What about you? Are there currently some good routines in your life that could use a tune up? Are you in a routine where you’re trying to cause something to happen, but not getting the results you want? If so, here’s a simple process that might be helpful:
- Examine what parts of your routine require a tune up.
- Determine the specific changes needed that would improve your routine to the point you will achieve the results you desire.
- APPLY THOSE CHANGES TODAY!
As you face the awkwardness of changing up a familiar routine, keep the following 2 thoughts in mind to avoid slipping back into your old routine:
- Keep a clear picture of your end goal in mind. What’s the reason behind the change you’re making?
- Remind yourself that if you’re going to maintain a good routine, you should expect to get the greatest return for the investment of your time.
But don’t stop there! Continue to evaluate your routines on an ongoing basis to ensure you’re getting the return you expect. As you make improvements to your routines, be on the lookout for the benefits and positive results that will follow. They won’t be hard to find.