The Importance of Having a Routine (And When to Break It)

Nancy Chen

The Importance of Having a Routine (And When to Break It)

Routines are important. They let us do our everyday, trivial tasks without thinking too much, so we have the mental energy to make decisions about more important things. Decision fatigue is real.

That’s why some of the world’s most successful people eat the same thing for breakfast every day, or wear the same outfit every day. They have bigger things to focus on.

Routines can also make you healthier. If you create a routine of waking up, working out, and eating the same healthy breakfast every day, then it becomes a healthy habit.

That being said, it could also work in reverse — if you create a routine of never working out, of eating chocolate ice cream before bed every night (not that there’s anything wrong with that, but if you’re eating it from habit not because you enjoy it, then you should maybe reassess), then it’s easy to stay in that unhealthy routine. Inertia.

But sometimes it’s good to break out of a routine — it keeps life interesting and exciting, and challenges you. It makes you uncomfortable, which is good for personal growth.

So once in a while, take the time to disrupt your everyday routine.

It can be as small as taking a different route home from work or ordering something different than your regular at the smoothie shop. These small changes force you to adapt; it pushes your comfort zones. And who knows? You might even find a new favorite route or smoothie.

For me, it was as simple as deviating from my typical Faster Than Light smoothie at the Juicery. I got an Acai Energy instead, and it was just what I needed.

What are your routines and how do you know when to deviate? 

Nancy Chen

Paleo-ish blogger and trainer at Title Boxing Club Boston. Nancy’s passion is helping people lead a happier lifestyle through transforming their health, fitness, and mindset in a realistic manner. Yoga enthusiast, finisher in the 2016 BAA Half Marathon, Tough Mudder and Spartan Race runner, and former competitive swimmer. You can usually find her with a smoothie bowl in one hand and some form of avocado in the other.

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