Routines Will Save Your Life

What are you doing to keep yourself occupied these days?

Especially, if you maybe find yourself out of work or with extra responsibilities stemming from others (family members? employees?).

There is a lot of worry, stress, and anxiety in the world right now. Unfortunately, the root of it all is coming from something most of us can’t directly control. Worry about the virus all you want, but that won’t make it go away unless you are a scientist or medical professional actually working on a cure.

The human mind enjoys routine, because that is comfortable and it has a historic outcome of survival. Now that your daily routines are all screwed up, there is a high chance that you haven’t really been able to establish new ones. Who could have possibly planned for a life with the modern world shutting down and everyone being stuck at home?

Well, it doesn’t all have to be bad news.

In many ways, this can be a reset button for lots of people. You can get better at your job, learn a new skill for a better job, or spend more time with your family. It can launch you closer to your ambitions than you have ever been, because mark my words: The world is going to continue one day.

So, to help you set up new routines and keep your mind healthy, here are a few small things that have helped many people and myself tremendously the past few months:

  • Exercise
  • Meditation
  • Writing
  • Short walks outside
  • Cooking food

You are free to do whatever you want, but the absolute only key to build something into a routine, is to keep doing that thing.

That is literally what a routine is, doing something over and over again out of habit, without even really thinking about it.

There will be days you don’t want to do something, where you are too tired, too bored, too whatever, but you have to do it anyways to make a routine out of it. Don’t be lazy, but don’t try to be perfect either. Missing one day of a new action is ok, missing two in a row is not.

If you can go the next few months without skipping two days in a row, there is a very high probability that whatever action you continue to do will not take conscious effort anymore.

Have fun, be grateful, and always do your best.

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Derek Hutson

Derek Hutson

Endurance athlete, Engineer, Life-long learner. I want to help you get a (better) job in tech. https://www.linkedin.com/in/derekhutson/