As human beings, in the society that we live and we the ways which the average person lives their day-to-day life, we can often succumb to being stuck in our routines. However, with that being said, routines are necessary and often help us function the way we want to, but there are times when our days seem to all be the same and merge together. There’s no difference between Monday and Tuesday, or Tuesday and Wednesday and so forth.
I am definitely one of those people who struggles to let go of the rigid routine and let myself live a little, because yes, life is too short to live a mundane life. It’s not that we need rigidity or we need spontaneity, we need to strike a balance in our lives to achieve both.
“Life is all about balance. You don’t always need to be getting stuff done. Sometimes, it’s perfectly okay and absolutely necessary, to shut down, to kick back, and do nothing” – Lori Deschene.
Make conscious plans to do new things and actually stick to them – this sounds like a no-brainer, but there’s been plenty of times where a new hobby, a new activity or even a new thing I want to do more of but then I get lazy and prefer to just stick to what I already do. For example, I have a 20-30 minute commute to work in the morning and I wanted to utilise that time more efficiently by listening to podcasts, it took me weeks to start doing this, but once I started I was able to learn so much more and go into work feeling inspired.
Learn new things – this is another way to create more memories and lead an interesting life, a lot of us, because of work and academic commitments tend to not participate in learning because we’re already busy enough catching up on deadlines and all sorts o paperwork. But that doesn’t mean learning something new will be just as painstakingly time-consuming. Scheduling in maybe an hour or two to read a new book, learn 10 new vocab words for a foreign language or watch a class online are all steps towards to broadening your knowledge.
Do the same thing in a different way – unfortunately many of us lead lives where you can’t do new things every single day, the idea of routine, as I mentioned before, is still necessary. Things, like commuting to work, having a lunch break, commuting back home, are all things that can make your life more interesting if done in a different way. You could try taking a new route to work, perhaps using a different mode of transport. Or in your lunch break, you could watch to a TED talk, catch up with colleagues, maybe if you feel like splurging you could eat out. There are endless ways to do the same things in ways that are more memorable.
What does ‘interesting’ mean to you? – a lot of the little changes that you decide to make will ultimately depend on what an interesting life looks to you. One great exercise that can show you exactly that is called My Ideal Day, this is where you basically visualise yourself moving through your day and making certain choices, doing particular activities that bring you joy and boost your mood. (If you’re stuck on how or what changes to make, I would recommend reading the post). What might be interesting to you may not be for someone else.
“If you want to move to a new level in your life, you must break through your comfort zone and practice doing things that are not comfortable” – T Harv Eker.
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