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The Power of Routines.

Routines. Love them or hate them, they can really make a difference. For those of you who rebel against any kind of restriction (read structure/organisation), routines need not be limiting, but rather work for you and your personality type.

The word "routine" used to give me chills - I was one of many who thought routines were limiting, controlling and dare I even say it, boring. I had an aversion to anything that restricted what I wanted to do or where I wanted to be.

Move along many years, and here I am espousing the importance of routines and incorporate them into my daily life.  Here's how they work for me.

  1. They simplify life. Constant decision making is exhausting.
  2. Little effort is required as my routines encompass many repetitive tasks and habits.
  3. Increased self-confidence. A completed 'to-do' list will have that effect on you.
  4. They help me to be more relaxed. Read points 1, 2 and 3.
  5. We learn. We get better with repetition. Practice makes perfect.
  6. They are compatible with creativity. When I'm not so stressed about getting things done, I am calm and able to focus on what's important to me.

Are you a fan of routines? I'd love to hear how/what you do to take the stress out of your life to get things done.