Want to Reconnect to What Really Matters? Try Breaking Your Routine

Want to Reconnect to What Really Matters? Try Breaking Your Routine

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  1. Thanks for this post, Loryn. I subscribe to James Clear’s stuff, which is all about the power of habits/routines and how to form them. So reading your perspective on the benefits of breaking routines is refreshing. ?

    I’m inclined to agree with you. It’s easy to get sucked into processes and routines until you can’t see the forest (park) for the trees. And in my experience, major disruptions (e.g., vacations, unfamiliar experiences) can help you think differently, inspiring more moments of insight.

    By the way, I didn’t know you were a fellow Portlander — maybe I’ll see you around one day!

    • Glad you liked it, Logan! I figure, there’s a healthy middle ground where most people thrive. The trick is learning to recognize when you need structure, or when you should blow it all off and head for the mountains 😉

      And I completely agree, stepping outside routine helps broaden our perspective, which allows us to make connections we wouldn’t have made in our narrow, structured mindset.

      Especially here in Portland, we’re spoiled for excellent, inspiring “distractions”! Enjoy the lovely fall weather, while it lasts 🙂

  2. Thanks a ton for the reminder, Loryn. Really resonated with me at this point in my career.

    I work from home and for the past few years, my breaks were all just me sitting at my desk in front of the computer. There wasn’t a clear distinction between work time and break time.

    Sometimes, my breaks would consist of me watching Netflix. Sometimes, it would just be me browsing the web, but it would always get mixed in with work – emails, researching sites I stumble upon, etc. This would, of course, eat away at my productivity and focus during times I actually needed to get work done.

    • You bring up a great point, Chris, one that I’ve hinted at but haven’t fully “fleshed out” in an article yet…

      In a digital-driven world, we tend to forget the effect that place has on our behaviors. Even sitting at a computer is its own “context” and we develop behaviors that are specific to that context — like how I built my journaling habit by writing at the same place and time every day.

      Therefore, when we mix behaviors in the same place — whether that’s a digital place or physical one — it becomes harder for us to focus on what we really want to do, whether that’s work or play. Work becomes distracted, play becomes stressful.

      I’m glad you came to realize this for yourself! Even if all you do is step outside and look at the sky for 5 minutes, that’s likely to be a much better break than staying at your laptop watching Netflix 😉

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