What Our Daily Routines Say about Us
By Sandy Schroeder
Most of us have two images of ourselves. One is the big picture of our entire world, and the other is a tighter look at our daily groove. Hopefully those two images mesh, but not always. Intuitively, we may know when we need to make repairs.
If you find your daily routine is getting a little tattered around the edges, it may be time to look closer and rethink what you are doing.
Time to Reboot
I know mine needs a rebooting when I find myself repeating things to my family, making to-do lists that never get finished, and just fading off in the evening after dinner. My family usually tries to nudge me back into a better routine, but I can be pretty stubborn, and it often takes me awhile to face the problem.
Facing Up to the Problem
When I do face up, I try to step back. Reading yourself takes practice. As you try to see what’s going on, rate yourself on a few questions and try not to fudge the answers.
- Is my work consistently productive?
- Am I inspired by what I am doing?
- Do I pay attention to those around me?
- When’s the last time I just laughed out loud?
If the answers to these questions raise more questions, you might consider some changes. Making two lists helps me overhaul my routines.
Things to Keep
- Work that you enjoy doing
- People who bring out the best In you
- Daily habits that inspire you
- Daily exercise that motivates you
- Healthy foods that energize you
- Positive hobbies and emotional outlets like friends, music or groups
- Weekends away to relax with family and friends
- Funny movies, books and amusing friends
Things to Toss
- Ongoing ‘round the clock attachment to phones
- Daily wastes of time surfing the internet
- Hasty breakfasts and fast food lunches
- Makeshift dinners with takeout foods
- Caffeine as an ongoing source of energy
- Long hours at work that become a daily habit
A lot of these fixes can make a difference, but don’t try to reinvent your groove overnight. Start chipping away at the problem and give yourself credit for progress. One positive step often leads to lots more. Keep right on going. You may be glad that you did, and iot may make a huge difference in your life.
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