The Importance of Routinely Breaking the Routine

You should have a routine, as routines are imperative for productivity and making progress.

BUT…

  • Routines can get stale.
  • Routines can become less effective over time.
  • Routines can make you complacent.
  • Routines can make you feel like an automaton.

This is why it’s important to break the routine every once and a while and switch things up.

The thing is, you’re not a robot. You’re not a machine. You’re human, and humans need balance, and balance is achieved by give and take. You can’t always be a givin’, and you can’t always be a takin’.

Here are a few ways you can switch things up and break the routine:

  • A change of scenery (like going to a different gym, training outside, etc.).
  • Switching up what you do.
  • Doing more, or less.
  • Changing up the order in which you do things.
  • Switching up how you do things (go high volume, go HIT, etc.).
  • A “rest” day or two.
  • A cheat meal or cheat day.

Any of these can help to break the monotony that inevitably rears it head from established routines.

Now, it’s important to remember that when you do switch things up, you’re not blowing anything up or reinventing the wheel. You don’t want HUGE changes. No, you want SMALL changes. Your routine and the consistency that comes with this routine are still very important. breaking the routine is simply a quick little “vacation” to refresh yourself.

To sum up:

  • Routines are essential to productivity and progress.
  • BUT… routines can get stale and less effective over time, leading to burnout and even a loss of productivity.
  • Adding in some variation can help keep things fresh and exciting.
  • This variation should not be anything huge or elaborate, just kind of a “break” to refresh your mind and body

Keep it fresh my friends.

-Eric