What Does Routine Really Mean?
According to Webster’s Dictionary routine: (noun) a regular procedure, customary or prescribed.
A quick search on google reveals that routine as a noun is a sequence of actions regularly followed; a fixed program. As an adjective performed as part of a regular procedure rather than for a special reason.
What It Means In the Real World:
I think people think of routine as something that makes life easy, a way to keep all your task in order and accomplished. In a way that is very true, but people fail to see the other routines they have developed that may not be so productive. For example, someone that is always late to work has developed a routine. They do the same exact thing every day that leads to them being late, obviously, it is done in an unconscious level, but nevertheless, they have developed a routine,
Routines are also great for building new habits and changing an old habit. If you want to do something different, like maybe stop being late for work, you have to develop a whole new routine. It’s not easy but it is the only way it becomes second nature and you can finally beat your bad habit.
Routines are what I like to think of as unconscious everyday actions, they start off as something you think of, till they now become part of you and you no longer have to think about them. Like driving home from work, you don’t need your GPS every time, because it has become the route has become a routine that is now automatic.
Agnes, M. (2003). R. In Webster’s New World Dictionary (4th ed., p. 561). New York, NY: Simon & Schuster.
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