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Are Routines Good or Bad?

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Routines are neither good nor bad. It all depends on the situation by which you apply them. If your routines are making you crazy, or in a rut, it may be time for you to escape from them, at least temporarily. On the other hand, if you do not have some structure in your life, routines may be just what you need.

If you are feeling in a rut, think about going on a vacation. This can be a great way to change the ordinary. You might even meet new people that introduce you to new opportunities. 

Another way to shake things up is to join a club that you would not normally join. Have you always wanted to learn a certain craft or hobby? Find and join a local club where you can learn all about that craft or even take lessons. Are you musical?  Can you play an instrument?  Maybe you could try out with the group as a singer.  No matter what the activity, try something that is different from what you normally do.

If your life is a bit unstructured, and that is not working for you, try to introduce some routine into your life. This could be as simple as creating a to-do list. However, if you tend to be a person who has not had much routine, you may want to find someone who can hold you accountable to the routine.

Many people find having a mix of routine and spontaneity works best for them. Doing something spontaneous helps to break up the routine before the people get into a rut. Getting back to those routines after taking a break will restore structure in their lives. This is not necessarily the way everyone will work best. But, it is something to try. Give yourself some time before deciding it as not working.

Only you can decide whether you need to include a routine or if you have too much routine in your life. You also are the only one who can determine if you need to do a mix of routine and acting spontaneously.

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Karen Ferrante

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