Cindy JobsHealth and Well-Being, Organization, Uncategorized

Routine: “Habitual or mechanical performance of an established procedure.”

Routines can support us when indecision steps in.

Daily routines can help manage our schedules.

Positive self-care routines can assist in supporting mental health.

Sometimes we use routines without even thinking about it.

I know my day goes better if I work out in the morning. I also know that I won’t exercise in the morning if my workout clothes aren’t the first thing I see in the morning.  When I don’t see my workout gear first thing, I decide to have coffee and watch TV instead. So, every night I set my gear out so I don’t have any excuse not to exercise.  Day supported by morning, morning supported by night.  Routine.

On more than one occasion people have made mention of my strange golf pre-shot routine.  I didn’t think much about it until I played with someone I’d never played with before and she mentioned how interesting it was that I “kinda clicked my heels together like Dorothy from the Wizard of Oz.”  Well, that sounded weird, so I tried to stop doing it.  Immediately my golf game suffered.  I’d disrupted my routine.

I appreciate the power of meditation and try to incorporate it into my schedule on a daily basis.  Unfortunately, when I get out of my routine, this is one of the first things to go and I notice the change pretty darn quickly.  As a matter of fact, I found myself internally screaming at my meditation app this morning because it wasn’t downloading fast enough.  What does that say about neglecting a routine?

My schedule is pretty fluid. I do not have a Monday-Friday, 8:00-5:00 job. Some days I have on-site clients, some days I have virtual clients, some days I don’t have any clients at all.  Because of this lack of structure I need to rely on routines I have total control over: exercise, meditation, positive self-talk, regular sleep routines, nutrition, etc.

What routines do you rely on?

What routines do you need to create?

What could a solid routine help you to achieve?

Cindy Jobs, COC, ACC

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