Before Breakfast - Routines need a purpose

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Good morning. This is Laura. Welcome to the before breakfast podcast today is to remember that routines need a purpose. They are there to accomplish something in life not to exist for their own sake.

I'm taking this tip from a new book called The Lazy genius Way by Kendra. Adachi. She writes about various hacks for making life easier such as making the same thing for dinner every Monday or giving everything of play. She loves routines and lazy genius is that take full advantage of these Energy Savers, but in the book she notes that routines are on ramps to somewhere else not destinations themselves. The reason to have a bedtime routine is to pay for a way for good sleep. The reason to have a morning routine is to start the day and a calm and productive Place ironically she writes when you let routine being charged you ultimately miss out on what matters anyway,

I love routines to but I also love this distinction. We all know people for whom the routine becomes the endpoint itself kids must be in bed at precisely 7:55, even if there's a once-in-a-lifetime meteor shower starting at 8 p.m. Well too bad or morning exercise routine becomes so sad that there is zero space for compromises family members.

To take advantage of the benefits of routine without becoming pointlessly rigid it helps to ask a few questions as we build habits. Most importantly. What is the purpose of this routine? Why am I doing this with a kid's bedtime routine? We're helping them feel safe and calm and love as I go to sleep. It's at least partly about connection and many cases about Sharon bedtime stories that produce a sense of wonder. So in fact watching that meteor shower with them could also help them feel loved and help them feel that connection and sense of wonder before bed. You're not staying up late just because you're still getting at the deeper purpose.

Sometimes as you pursue your purposes it helps to remember that routines to actually be flexible. They don't need to be precisely time Bound for example from December 24th, 2016 to December 28th. 2019. I ran at least a mile every single day. Yep. That's about 1,100 days in a row and all my family members sometimes roll their eyes at the habit. I also made sure that I didn't inconvenience them too much. I was willing to run it pretty much anytime of the day Morning Noon night. If I'd insisted on running at exactly 7 a.m. Every morning, that would have been pretty alienating and probably something would have happened to make me unable to continue.

But by focusing on the purpose is small daily exercise habit. I was okay with being a bit more giving on the details and that ultimately made the daily by Backstreet possible.

In any case if you are trying to build a routine into your life first focus on this y as a. She writes the routine itself isn't what matters. It's simply an on-ramp to help prepare you for what does so make sure that you begin with what matters to you not what the steps to get their ultimately these wisely chosen routines have more staying power then does that are more militant on the details.

In the meantime, this is Laura. Thanks for listening. And here's to making the most of our time.

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