Routine is important. I need it. It is vital. But, I don’t like it.
I am not the type of person that is completly happy about being all the time under certain structure. Perhaps it is in part when my creativity is craving for some quality time to flow with ideas and new and exciting things.
But I’ve been pondering lately about this aspect and how it affects my life. In fact I run an experiment to test where I would be by removing any type of routine and just do what every I felt like doing.
The experiment was interesting and insightful. In some ways I felt a sense of freedom. But at the same time, I quickly discovered that not having routines, almost nothing important happens. The experiment itself was important in the sense that it allowed me to apreciate the benefits of routine.
There is TED Talk where somone spoke about how he would take six or seven years of work and then one year of not working and just traveling the world. He said that all the businesses he created and were succesful were a result of the one year of inspiration.
I resonated a lot with this idea. In fact that takes me the point of my experiment that I did back in 2001 when I did nothing for about four months. I remember I had always struggled with the fact there was always something to do. There were always certain ruitines that needed to happen in order to survive in the world.
So where I stand today in this important aspect of life is that, I must have routine in my life. Yes, wether I like it or not, I must have it and it is what will always take me to the next level in my life.
Perhaps the most important aspect of this is that I enjoy the sense of freedom and I also I see routine as a limitation. But I have that same freedom to create and review the way I want the routines so that it works in favor for realizing my dreams. That, is, what will make a diference.
So I think that all the routines that I currently have, need to be constantly evaulated, imrpoved and adapted. I would really like to get to the point where I can say that:
I like routine!