Routines. What are they and why we need them?

Routines. What are they and why we need them?

Honestly, I need to say I hated routines. I just didn’t want to do the same thing over and over again. Like a rat running in a hamster wheel. Where was that going to lead me? What for? 

But hear me out here, please. Routines are that much important then doing something new. The key point is that without a routine you can’t go anywhere deep enough to produce meaningful results. I am talking about work and self-build habits here, where those can be implemented anywhere anytime. And the most shocking truth is that we have routines doesn’t matter, if we like them or not. We are just blind for those we do already.  Hating  routines is unproductive. It’s like an action paralysis. 

I will explain. I know it is absolutely boring to do some routines and I am not advocating to stop being creative. But rather being all over the place, making a set of routines is essential to results. It is slow repetitive action, grind. And, if you are having a though time getting on board with loving your routines are creating new. Well that is easy to overcome. It is a matter of grit. You may think that you don’t have energy or it will be boring, you don’t have motivation yada, yada. In other words just simple mental blocks. We aint been born like a robot all programmed to be excellent, So we need to learn from the best practices. And first step to optimize your life is by setting routines. That will make you much more productive, organized and it will actually save you nerves and time.

Why do we make routines?

Most of the time we do so even unconsciously. It is our human nature. It is drilled in a our nervous system and muscles. Lets take a look at what snowboarders and elite athletes are doing. They train day and night, for days. Doing that specific movement over and over again. Perhaps looking like idiots while training doing the same thing. However, it is a much deeper process and they know it. It is going to affect your performance later on. It will save you time. It will be smother. It will turn off your judgmental mind. It will become unconscious. This is huge. 

Where athletes don’t call them “routines”, the word itself it is actually affected with bad reputation already. Simply “drills”. Drilling is rapid and effective. Doing them over and over make you reduce the unpredictable factors outside of your control. It is a focused process of action that allows you to stay confident. That happens when you have built those neural pathways and the movement is drilled down in your muscle memory.

When I was training Taekwon-do I have done tons of drills. Every training session is entails them. The same is now, practicing Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and snowboarding. It is inevitable to gain that calm state of confidence. Based on past experience. That’s how you gain expertise.

From where to start? 

There are a lot of business books on how habits and routines work. And which are  “the best” practices. A few recommendations are “5 sec rule” Mel Robbins, “The power of habit” Charles Duhigg, the classic “7 Habits of highly effective people” Steven Covey.  And much more. I might share my book list in the near future. Goodreads is a wonderful platform. I try to systemized them there.

However, just reading those books won’t be a change itself. If you read many books, the only thing you will improve is your reading skill. And that is fine, unless you want something deeper than that. We speak here about behavior change, most likely entailing identity change. That is just a word, but I will discuss it in other post. Shortly it is sometimes the case to drop an old habit to replace it with a new one.

And to sum up, I would like to leave you with a simple practice exercise. Try to write your routines at home. Just those when you spend your time there. Make a long list of those things you spend time doing the most. And see what is your browsing routine. This one is huge. Block the websites you are wasting much time in.

By making this simple analysis you will be able to see that you actually have routines, everybody does. So why not upgrade those which doen’t excell you?


When you are lost

When you are lost is a time to act even more!

Everybody gets at place in time, where they are in between a crossroad, perhaps with multiple exits. And this is mine.

In this age of revolutionary technologies creating spacecrafts and virtual realities we have absolute infinite possibilities. How can we tap into those is our personal choice and responsibility. However, I found it very hard to choose a medium. Business is a big one, but is it really a medium or even a smaller section of the spectrum? Speaking from my observations I see many friends, from cross countries, that constantly change jobs. Throughout our working life we specialize deeper and deeper. We get a new job and suddenly from there we see something related to what we want to do, but not exactly. Which leads to the next, where we see another subtle thing that redirect us to another domain. But eventually we are going to reach that point of less things to try and much to upgrade. Meaning its time to commit and specialize.

Life is based on decisions, and those can be especially hard to make when you are young. Isn’t it funny that the most important decisions in our life are in our 20’s, when we are not that mature. We ought to make them better in any case, for personal benefits – generally. But it is true.


The earlier you decide the faster you are going to see if that is the right decision or not. Action is a tool, in this case, to test decisions. You are melting time with action, much faster than with thinking about stuff. Why? Simply because action gives you feedback that you need and thinking give you nothing in return, by itself only.

Life choices over time are going to bring value, doesn’t matter which way we take. It is going to lead us to the right destination. Having faith is key to honor your decisions. You honor them everyday with action.  Only if you believe that you are making the right choice. Make a choice and never look back. At least for some time.

Keep in mind that from making a choice. That decision is sealing the commitment that is putting you in a situation, in witch new choices emerge. It never ends. Why not get better at it than?

When you are lost is time to act even more

I am a fan of the following quote “Live your life in your 20’s as you are planting the seeds you are going to harvest at your 30’s”. Which I directly relate with experimentation, but that needs to be measured, wisely. Any new endeavor is gonna give you something, however it takes time. And time to reflect about it, is in fact saving time. Simply give yourself time to try out something new, but go hard in it. Like a new internship, it takes 3-4 months, sometimes even six. Later evaluate and decide if you are going to enroll or switch lanes (gangsta). Ask yourself what is valuable and go for it. Both for you and society. Where you are the one doing it, you will be the one struggling/enjoying and society is going to reject/appreciate it.

PS: Everybody has a lifestyle, the difference is who made yours. Is it self created, copied or influenced ? 

Why we do what we do?

Why we do what we do? Is a question for our habits.

We tend to walk the path of least resistance. The power of habit, applies to everyone. 

Being constantly on a move and rushing doing countless things a day is certainly exhausting. And we all need to adapt to that dynamic everyday life nowadays. We all know what it is like. It consumes a lot of our energy and focus. But are we using them as efficient as possible? It is possibly hard to say “yes” to this question, but you are not alone. It’s a human nature to stick with our already existing habits.

Lets say you make a SMART goal towards something. Getting started requires action and effort. But more importantly it requires time for the process. In order to get from where are you right now to where you want to go, you need to change your habits. Why?Chances are that the person, who is already where you want to go has a different set of habits. A famous quote that supports that vision is from uncle Ben “With the big powers comes the big responsibility”.

Walking the path of change yourself, you will encounter a daily obstacles. obstacles for our current behaviour. Imagine, is your future self going to tackle the same issue, the same way you do in the moment? Perhaps the answer is no, well let’s get to action.

They are many self-improvement books out there in for giving you the right roadmap for changing your habits, improving your self etc. Yet my goal here is to motivate you to act on your own, because I need it as well. This is the way to make myself accountable for my words. And acountablity is a great tip to make you do something unpleasant. Your friends might be your best option. Another good tip is the “5sec rule”, described in the book by Mel Robins. Simply count backwards 5,4,3,2,1 Go! and take action. Nothing happens for us, that’s why we need to develop the spirit and the person who can get it. I imagine it like a computer game in which you develop a hero. Simply on level 1 you can’t kill a boss of higher level of yours. Which level are you aiming for?


Speaking about habits and behavior change there is an important note here. A key to understand is that “bad habits” or habits in general are not being deleted! They are being replaced. There is nothing like a void, empty slot in your habit set waiting for the a new one to be developed.  It is simply need to be substitute with another one.

A bad habit tends to be harder to break and easy to adopt. On the other hand, a proficient habit is easy to break and harder to adopt. That is the price.

3 Steps for substituting an old habit with a new one

A simple way to make that transition from an existing habit to adopting a new one:

  • Identify existing habits – outline the most you can around the one you are trying to substitute. Use time frame, circumstances, peer pressure and etc.
  • Pick a marker habit – this is going to be a habit that you are comfortable with. It’s purpose is to make you take action on the new one. It has to be immediately before or after the one you are adopting.
  • Trigger – your marker habit is also your trigger. A call to action!

These are the steps that will help you take action. And only action itself will erase the already existing neural pathways of your old habit. Replacement takes time and a lot of effort, mostly emotional not physical. Keep your head up by enjoying the action, after all you are changing with each step.

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