Routines are comfortable because their familiarity saves us time and thought. But when automatic pilot takes over too many aspects of our lives or the wrong ones, we feel the need to reinvigorate ourselves. Breaking out of boring old routines can be done easily and safely.
Identify the Old Routines
It’s a fascinating, fun exercise to keep a log of activities, conversations and recurring thoughts for a week. This gives context to the routines that need breaking. If there’s more than one habit to be done away with, put them in priority sequence. Especially note any events that are not routine, and write down what makes them special.
It’s sometimes easier to define clearly what we don’t want than to be certain about what we want that is better. By making small, incremental improvements, which is the Japanese concept of kaizen, the process of change will teach us what we want.
Doing tasks in a different way, re-decorating the surroundings or reorganizing the schedule can breathe new life into old patterns. Doing so may satisfy the need for change, or it may suggest other renovations.
A revival of gratitude for common things makes them look shiny and new. It’s impossible to be grateful and bored at the same time.
Expand Your Horizons
New perspectives must come from somewhere. Expand your horizons by talking to new people, entering new situations, traveling to new places and reading new books. Investigate how to make a dormant passion or dream a part of your life. Bring it into being step by step.