Episode #21 Establish A Routine

If asked for a list of exciting words, few of us are likely to include the word routine. Listen in this week as Casey Greenawalt and Dr. Michael Brown unpack a counterintuitive secret to avoiding a mundane existence: creating everyday rhythms and rituals can actually make our days anything but ordinary.

Show Notes

When we establish a routine, it provides rhythm. It provides organization. It provides greater effectiveness, greater productivity, and greater opportunity to become the better version of ourselves.
Dr. Michael Brown

Three Problems

  • We resist routines because they feel restrictive, not recognizing that those very routines could actually make us more free.
  • We often give up on routines completely when we skip them just once.
  • If we lack routines in all twelve dimensions of life, our personal growth will be lopsided.

Three Principles

  • We can establish helpful routines in our day-to-day lives even if they do not come naturally to us.
  • Routines give us more margin for spontaneity and allow us to maximize every moment of life.
  • Routines ensure that our choices are proactive rather than reactive.

Three Practices

  • Establish your own morning, work start-up, work shut-down, and end-of-day routines.
  • Cue each routine by drinking a glass of water, as this helps to build the habit.
  • Ensure that you have at least one daily, weekly, or monthly routine that relates to each dimension of life.