Routines or Rhythms?

This week we explore the difference between routines and rhythms, and how each of them work.  Some people need routine, others prefer rhythm. Some, like Bec, NEED routine but find it a hard method to stick to.

There are benefits to each, and you'll learn how and when each of them might be helpful for you.

Show Notes:

A ROUTINE is a systemised & often externally driven approach to something. They are generally:
- Completely predictable.
- Rigid
- Strict
- Sequential
- Based on external authority/ advice - schedule
- Can be a blueprint which you fit yourself into (regardless of other factors or influences)

A RHYTHM is an internally motivated, approach to something or a guiding structure. They are generally:
- Not as predictable
- Fluctuating
- Subject to a variation of the same theme
- More freedom to choose
- Flow
- Self regulated
- Takes into accounts other influences, factors, feelings, etc

You can find comfort and productivity in both methods or either.

When might ROUTINES serve you?
- If you are suffering with decision-fatigue
- If you are constrained by external factors that are unmoving- train timetable or class/workplace start time
- If you need others to comply or fall in step
- If you are more productive with a fixed schedule. Routines lead to efficiency
- Important if you’re forgetful- takes the importance of remembering to do stuff out of the equation
- If you feel you are not reaching your goals
- If you find that important things get left out
- If you want to change a habit - creates a standardised model for repetition

When might RHYTHMS serve you?
- When you want some more fluidity
- When you’re in a scenario where things don't always go as planned
- If you get caught up in situations
- If you feel failure when you don't stick to the prescribed pattern or feel stifled by it
- If the idea of being rigidly fixed to a mode or plan creates anxiety
- If you work in an area that requires creativity
- If you feel that rigidity is affecting your physical or mental health

Steven Covey - Time Management Matrix - see link below

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