“Habit is necessary; it is the habit of having habits, of turning a trail into a rut, that must be incessantly fought against if one is to remain alive.”
I think too many of us get so locked into our routine that life starts to become boring to the point we just follow the same steps today as we did yesterday. Unfortunately too many of us don’t realize that we are digging ourselves into a rut. It does not have to be this way, here are some rut busters that I copied from young Dani Diperro’s Positively Present blog.
10 small changes to make today
1. Switch up your typical responses. When someone asks how you’re doing, do you often reply in the exact same way, such as with the word “Fine.” or “Great!”? Most of us have a pretty standard default setting for the way respond to questions we hear all the time. To switch things up, start altering your responses. Really think about the question and answer honestly.
2. Travel an entirely new way to school or work. It’s common to take the exact same route every day (mostly because it’s the fastest or easiest one to take!), but what if you switched it up and took a different route? Even if it takes a little more time, it’s worth traveling down a new road just to give your brain a new point of view to take in. You don’t have to switch it up every day, but it’s worthwhile every once and awhile.
3. Throw out / replace something you complain about. Is there something you’re always complaining about? An appliance that doesn’t work right? A shirt you don’t like but for some reason wear anyway? Most of us have something like that—a thing we moan about but don’t do anything about. Today, throw it out or replace it with something else. Sometimes our complaining is simply a habit—and it’s up to us to change it.
4. Focus on doing one single thing at a time. If you’re a notorious multitasker like myself, focusing on a single activity can be a big challenge—but it’s a worthwhile pursuit. Apparently, studies have shown that you’re more effective if you do only one thing. And, for most of us, intently focusing on a single thing is actually quite a novel activity in itself. Keeping your attention narrow gives you a chance to stay more present too!
5. Take a break at an unusual time and go for a walk. Being outside, even for a short while, seems to offer all sorts of benefits. Take a break at an unusual time—say, 10am instead of 1pm—and go for a short stroll. Switching up the timing of your break will break you from a rut, and enjoying the outdoors gives you an opportunity to appreciate the world outside of your daily routine.
6. Get into bed an hour earlier than usual. Like it or not, you need sleep. Most of us know how much we need, but rarely actually get that amount. Even if you can’t fall asleep right away, getting into bed an hour earlier—with a good book or even a journal—can tweak your nightly routine and, if you’re lucky and can fall asleep, it can also provide you with some additional rest.
7. Enjoy a meal you’ve never had before. It’s perfectly fine to have culinary preferences, but there’s something to be said for trying a new meal. Whether you order in or cook it up yourself, give something new a try. Even if doesn’t make your list of favorites, the experience of trying something new will be invigorating and, at the very least, will help you switch up your routine.
8. Turn off the TV + pick up a book. Mindless television watching can be lovely, particularly after a long day, but tweaking your evening routine and throwing in a book (or magazine or something other than a screen) can provide you with a new kind of relaxation. Even if you’re not a big fan of reading, just give it a try. You might find it surprisingly enjoyable, snuggling up with a good read.
9. Spend time with someone unfamiliar. Now, don’t just go running over to some stranger to switch things up. It’s important to spend time not with someone random, but with someone you know but aren’t too familiar with, like a coworker you interact with frequently but don’t know well. Ask him or her to grab lunch or coffee with you, even if it seems a little random. You never know when you might make a friend!
10. Reverse a habitual schedule. Do you have a pretty standard morning or evening routine? If so, trying reversing it. Instead of brush teeth—wash face—brush hair, try doing the reverse. Or if you normally eat breakfast at home, try grabbing a bite on the way to (or at) work. It might seem silly, but small little tweaks to your routines can be really useful, especially when it comes to being more mindful.
People are incapable of stereotyping you; you stereotype yourself because you’re the one who accepts roles that put you in this rut or in this stereotype.
Why are married women heavier than single women?
Single women come home, see what’s in the refrigerator and go to bed.
Married women come home, see what’s in bed and go to the refrigerator.
Behind every great man is a puzzled woman.
“I know they say, ‘Good things come to those who wait,’ but I have problems with that. First of all, if this were true, we’d all be sitting around waiting and waiting, expecting that good things would happen. Then some guy would stand up and yell, ‘Dear God, have we not waited long enough?’ No, you have to wait longer.”
Immortality is my short-term goal.
The farmer stood in his chicken yard watching hundreds of baby chicks running here and there. He kept pointing to them and trying to count them. “One, two, three, four, five, six,… oh, no…” then he would start over, “one, two, three, four, and,… oh, no.” Then he’d start over again.
Finally he said, “I give up. They say don’t count your chickens before they hatch but it sure is easier to do that than it is to count them after they hatch.”
It took me fifteen years to discover I had no talent for writing, but I couldn’t give it up because by that time I was too famous.
A rabbi suffers a severe heart attack and is confined to the hospital for several weeks. The synagogue’s president pays him a visit.
“I want you to know, Rabbi, that last night the board of directors voted a resolution wishing you a speedy recovery. And it passed, twelve to nine.”
Most people would like to be delivered from temptation, but would like it to keep in touch.
There are three ways to get things done:
1) do it yourself
2) hire someone to do it
3) forbid your kids to do it
Give me my golf clubs, fresh air, and a beautiful partner, and you can keep my golf clubs and the fresh air.
Patient: During my operation, Nurse, I heard the surgeon use a four-letter word that upset me very much.
Nurse: What word was that?
“And the day came when the risk to remain tight in a bud was more painful that the risk it took to bloom.”
Stay well, do good work, and have fun.
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