Rightness of Routine 

Day 94 Week 14 Q2  Tuesday, April 4, 2023

It has been said that consistency is the hallmark of the truth, and it has also been said that consistency is the hobgoblin of small minds.  Can both of these statements be true? Developing a routine to habituate desired behaviors is a way to be efficient and effective at doing what you know needs to be done. On the other hand, if you are inflexible and never change your routine, then you’re likely not to do anything original unless your routine has built some nonlinear, creative twists into it.

Continuity is critical for accomplishment. Nobody gets terrific at anything without investing effort consistently, constantly, continuously, and consciously.  This does not mean thinking about what needs to be done daily and analyzing and rationalizing. It means doing what must be done until you can do it smoothly, efficiently and effectively.

Writers write, speakers speak, and musicians perform.  They do it a lot; if they do not, they are not writers, speakers and musicians perform.  Getting terrific at any of these things without doing them for thousands of hours is impossible.

But having incorrect routines also habituates behavior that is not useful.  Therefore, focusing on the rightness of one’s routines is imperative.  Are there routines for most creative activities? Can you think of one that does not have routines?  

These routines do not have to be considered work. Musicians are said to play an instrument and to play out in a performance. They are not described as working. They are described as playing.  

But it is only play, if you love it, and if you’re working too hard at it is not likely that you will ever have the spontaneity to be an emotionally expressive musician.  You see, you cannot calculate in real time how to play; you have to use muscle memory derived from habituated behavior.

Is this true of scientists and other explorers? Do they have to habituate discovery? Most certainly, they do.  Do you have routines that you know are getting you? What do you need to get?  Have you inherited these routines from a teacher or a parent or unconsciously?  Or have you taken the time to understand what you are doing and why you are doing it?  And is it still relevant? Does it still serve you?  Is it getting you where you want to go?  Do you even have the means to determine this?

The right routines can save your life or others’ lives. When one learns to be a lifeguard and how to save people, some things are taught, which are NOT intuitive, and, if not followed, are dangerous.  Drowning individuals tend to be irrational and frequently try to drown the person who is trying to save them.  They do not do this on purpose. They do this because they are frightened.  This does not only happen in the water, but also in business, and in relationships.

Be very mindful of what your routines are and if they’re serving you, and if they are not change them.