What’s working and what’s not working?

Routines can get boring in both your personal and professional life if you are not willing to try something new.

Many of us can easily get caught in the matrix of doing the same thing over and over again, doing things the same way, cooking the same food, going to work with the same attitude, intimately loving our significant other in the same way…doing everything the same way for years can be mentally draining. It also can lead to living a life of “sameness” and not allowing anything new to bless your days or your life.  If you have been following a daily routine but it isn’t working, there could be a lot of reasons why. Rather than giving up, there are things you can do to revamp your routine to make it more effective. Below, you’ll discover what to do if your current routine isn’t working.

Discover the Reason

It can really help if you identify why your current routine isn’t working. Is there a specific area you struggle with? For example, your routine may require you to exercise early in the morning. However, this may make you feel even more tired, rather than energized. It would then cause you to struggle with the rest of your routine.

It could also be that you have changed since you first created your routine. Once you know why your routine isn’t working, you can take steps to rectify it. Depending on the issue, you may need to change something about yourself, your expectations, or the tools and equipment you use.

Tailor Your Routine

Is your routine currently tailored specifically to your needs? If not, that could be a key reason why it isn’t working. Many people make the mistake of copying somebody else’s routine. While some things may work well for you too, others may not. When you are trying to follow somebody else’s routine, you will fail every time.

So, if your routine isn’t yet customized, spend time tailoring it to match your needs. Look at what specifically isn’t working and what you could do instead.

Investigate Free Tools

These days, there are lots of free tools to help in all areas of life. If you are struggling with time management, even with a routine, you could utilize time management tools.

I am trying out the Pomodoro Method Style Time Management Tool & Timer

Look for anything that makes your routine easier. What can you do to streamline the tasks on your daily to-do list? If you can utilize free tools to take care of daily tasks quicker, it will free up more time for you.

Incorporate Flexibility

If your current daily routine is too strict, it could be a reason why it isn’t working. You need to leave room for choices in your routine. Switch it up sometimes so you don’t get bored. Boredom is the number one killer of daily routines. While there is bound to be some level of monotony, daily routines can be tweaked to match your daily needs and preferences.

Change Your Routine

How do you currently record your daily routine? Changing it up could help you to make it more effective. Rather than simply using a to-do list, schedule your routine in your life in different ways. When you schedule something, you are more likely to complete the routine or task.

As you can see, there are many things you can try if your daily routine isn’t currently working for you. Your needs and preferences change over time, making a point to assess your routine monthly and adjust your routines to reflect your progress and needs. By making small changes when needed, you’ll find it is much easier to stay on track, as well as modify the routines.

Post in the comments what’s working and what’s not working for you? We can each learn from one another. 

 

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