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Routine: The Pros and Cons

Today I want to talk a little bit about routine. Is it better to have one, not have one, or does it not matter either way?

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My routine

Growing up I always had a routine, I think most people do. It was nothing too extreme of course, just the usual where I had a time to be in bed, or I ate dinner at the same time each day, that kind of thing.

This changed when I began my current job almost ten years ago. Working in a hotel results in a 24/7 job, a life that is pretty much lived week to week and dictated to by an ever changing rota. The result of this of course is that any chance of a routine goes out the window.

Things changed again when I was pregnant, in order to accommodate this I ended up on a set shift pattern. This was to avoid any long stretches, (it’s normal to work up to ten days in a row) and any instances of having to work one evening and be back in the following morning (a lack of sleep isn’t great at the best of times but it’s even worse when you’re growing a human)! So, just like that I had a routine. Great right? Well, not really. Whilst I was grateful to not have one shift roll into another I was also bored. I missed the variety.

Maternity Leave soon arrived and with that came more routine, or rather the battle to establish a routine with a newborn. This I didn’t mind but I still enjoyed the spontaneity of the days where we didn’t have any commitments and I could just choose what to do there and then rather than planning ahead too much.

This brings me to now, where the lockdown has taken away any chance of spontaneity (unless you count choosing a different time of the day each week to do the food shopping) and I find myself in more of a routine than ever.

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So, let’s talk pros and cons

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Pros…

Sleep

Getting up and going to bed at the same time each day helps to maintain the body clock and enrich the quality of sleep.

Efficiency

A routine can help to avoid procrastination. It can aid productivity and ensure the quality of completed tasks is higher.

Mental health

For some people a routine is vital for their mental health. For everybody it can certainly help to reduce feeling overwhelmed or stressed, and to feel more in control.

Maintaining relationships

Establishing a routine of when you see or speak to loved ones helps to strengthen and maintain relationships. It’s a great way of building up newly established relationships also. By planning in advance you are far more likely to show up/stick to it.

Forming good habits

This could be good sleep habits, or an exercise regime, or even just keeping on top of the household chores. Whatever it might be, creating healthy habits is great for both the physical and mental state.

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Cons…

The risk of boredom/disillusionment

A routine can easily become monotonous, and can result in less productivity overall.

Mental health

Yes, this one makes both the pros and the cons section. A routine can be too much pressure for some people and result in heightened feelings of stress. Routines can be hard to keep up with! If something disrupts a routine then the result can be feelings of anger, disappointment and even a sense of failure. There is also the risk of becoming obsessed with completing everything.

The potential to lack creativity

A set routine can put too much pressure on a person to do certain things in a certain way. This pressure can definitely zap creativity.

The ability that life has to be so unpredictable

It can be difficult if you follow a set routine to be able to adapt if something happens to throw everything off, which let’s face it, can happen at any time!

The lack of spontaneity

If you end up with too strict a routine it can lead to such a preoccupation that you turn down invitations to go somewhere or see someone. There’s definitely the risk of declining certain things and missing out because of the fear of a disrupted routine.

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My opinion

Personally I don’t think that I’m ever going to be the type of person that thrives on having a routine. Overall it’s just too tedious a lifestyle for me. Having said that, there are definitely perks that come with being a little less ‘go with the flow’.

I suppose the lesson here is to try and meet in the middle wherever possible. Finding a balance between the two will hopefully give a sense of structure without leading to feeling stressed or overwhelmed. I haven’t found that balance just yet but I’ll keep looking.

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What are your thoughts? Do you need routine in your life, or do you prefer to live day to day? 

Thanks for reading, I hope that you enjoyed!

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Until the next time…Jess x

12 thoughts on “Routine: The Pros and Cons

  1. I think routines are essential, but there will be off days and weeks and that is fine. Life happens. I love routine, but I have a lot of spontaneity too. It isn’t that the house gets cleaned every Saturday, I could be sunday, or it might spread over the whole week. For me routine as in terms of cleaning the house, will depend if my health is okay, or others in my household health is okay. It will get down according to priority. It will get done slower or on time.

    I believe routine is important, it is discipline, and for me both create space in life, and peace. And organised life is a happy life, in my humble opinion, life permitting. 🙃😉

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    1. It must be so difficult to navigate around that, I’m fortunate that I don’t have to but you’ve raised an interesting point that I hadn’t considered which is that there are other aspects besides a job that can make having a routine impossible. Hope you are keeping as well as possible 😊

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  2. Great post, Jess. I am spontaneous with some aspects of my life, but having a routine has always been quite useful for me. I work a 9-5 job and that works very well, and there are some things that I simply have to do at a particular time because I’ve either been doing it all my life or for a long period of time. It’s a mentality thing. Still working on a sleep routine!! 😂
    Take care 😊

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    1. Thank you 😊 besides the sleep routine it sounds like you’ve found a great balance! I think sleep is the hardest thing to figure out, it’s so easy to get distracted by other things…mainly reading for me, I often fall into the ‘one more chapter’ trap 😂 stay safe 😊

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