The power of routines

Broken chain

After six months (count them) of silence, I’m back publishing here. I hope you’ll forgive the lack of communications and content. I’d like to say it was a deliberate plan to recharge the blogging batteries after seven years, but the truth is simpler. I became over-committed and something had to give. And like all routines, once mine changed, it became harder to start again. One month became two, became six – I was out of the habit.

It takes four to six weeks for routines to change and fix. You’ve probably found that when starting a new fitness program, diet or taking up a new activity. Equally, our routines can erode in the same period of time. So a brief hiatus means we quickly become ‘de-programed.’ Perhaps you’ve also noticed that with your fitness regime or diet too – annoying huh?

The problem with routines is they quickly become boring and repetitive. Running the same track, eating the same things – I guess blogging about the same topics too. The challenge then is to keep it interesting by mixing it up a bit. Keep the time allocation as part of the routine but change-up the content of the activity to keep it fresh. Push that new weight, achieve that personal best, cook that new recipe. One way to do this might be to alter each of them every month – work on a specific part of your body, cook a certain style for four weeks, then swap.

Anyway, all sage advice coming from someone who fell off the blogging wagon for six months. Let’s see if I can get back into the groove. Meantime, thanks for your patience.


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