It almost never fails. Just when you think you’re getting into a good routine, finding time to exercise and eat healthy foods, somebody goes and throws a wrench into everything.
This is exactly what happened to me last week. In my case, my hours at my day job shifted a few hours back. So instead of getting home in time to walk the dog, run, and still have dinner almost ready when my wife got home, now my wife is routinely beating me home.
This type of scenario plays out for most of us from time to time. For many of you, your routine may have just taken a sharp turn now that your kids are starting back to school. Maybe you’re starting a new job. Maybe something changed in your spouse or partner’s life that has some ramifications as to how your day flows.
At the end of the day, though, you only have two choices. Alter your schedule so your priorities still fit into your new “routine”, or let the new schedule win.
Hopefully you won’t even consider the latter option.
In some cases, the new routine may even be a blessing. Switching things up from time to time can provide a new spark, or a breath of fresh air. Changing your routine allows you to see the things that really are important to you, like making time to exercise and prepare healthy foods. And without a little adversity from time to time, and my new schedule is full of adversity, we would stop growing as individuals.
So, even though a schedule interruption may be uncomfortable, from time to time it may just be the best thing for you.
As the month of August draws to a close, I challenge you to find a way to disrupt your routine. Whether you resolve to pack lunch everyday, get up and exercise before work, or decide to swear off pop for good, find something to do starting September 1st that may be a little uncomfortable.
You may just be surprised how much pushing yourself out of one rut will help you get out of many others.