I think a routine provides the possibility of improving yourself or your productivity or your ability to complete a goal. A rut on the other hand just gets deeper and harder to get out of and doesn’t add value to your life.
Sometimes a rut can be short lived. I like to think that I don’t watch any television but I do watch TV episodes on you tube. The latest series of choice has been “Never Mind The Buzzcocks”. When you watch three episodes in a row (and only stop because my laptop battery has turned the computer off), then a routine may be starting to form into a rut. At the moment I still like to think of it as a routine - as laughter is great medicine, but four nights in a row…….
Do you have a routine that might soon become a rut? Or are you already in a rut?
Part of my daily routine (well most days) is my breathing with movement exercises, even if it is just the first part, at same point during waking hours. The positive effects on the body are numerous, the negative effect is 2-5 minutes of not being able to do something else. And yet sometimes I still don’t do the exercise. What stops us from doing things that we know are good for us but doesn’t stand in the way when we do something that we know probably is not that great for us? (and yes I did have a second piece of my nephew’s birthday cake!).
Routines can help us. Getting to the practice range – improves your muscle memory. Having the glass of water in the morning – improves hydration. Going for a walk – improves your mobility. Catching up with friends every month –improves your connection to community.
Do you need help developing better routines or getting out of a rut? Then contact me, because it could be all it takes.