The alarm starts to sing at 6:00 am, each and every morning. You peel yourself out of bed, pop on the kettle, get dressed and start catching up on your emails. Same routine, day in and day out. At this point, it’s so engraved in your brain, it can be done with your eyes closed.
As humans, we appreciate routine. For many individuals, a routine is what keeps them grounded. Repetition is comforting and allows individuals to approach life with a sense of efficiency. After months, or even years of the same routine, we tend to do things simply because we're used to it, not because it’s the right thing to do.
With this being said, it is important to switch up your routine once in a while. Yes, for the overly organised and structured folk, throwing a punch in your perfectly set up routine is enough to make you hyperventilate. Where’s the panic button when you need it?
Fear not, we’ve laid out some of the advantages that come along with the change of pace.
As humans, we’re inclined to assume that having a strict routine fosters productivity. In some cases, this is true. However, too much routine can actually hinder productivity. If we stick too much to the same ways, new ideas, innovations and ways never even have the chance to come about. You’re so tied up in some of the ‘old ways’ while the newer ways are knocking on the doorstep.
Broadly speaking, any time you force yourself to make a change to your workflow, you encourage your brain to make new connections
It’s engraved into our heads that establishing structure benefits our memory. If we have a system in place, we reduce the risk of forgetting to dot our i’s and cross our t’s, right?Meh, not always. Research suggests that switching up your routine (think working remotely from WorkClub on days you would usually sit in your cubicle) can improve your overall memory attention.
Changing work locations actually stimulates the hippocampus - the part of the brain where long-term memories are stored.
Even on the best of days, it’s easy to get distracted. The day started out great but before you know it, you’re scrolling through Pinterest trying to decide what to make for dinner. If you’ve recently been beating yourself up for having a short attention span, rest assured, there's a good reason this is happening. The human brain is constantly working and will become easily distracted in search of something new.
In this, we can find why switching up your routine can help with increased focus. It helps to create the novelty our brain is continuously seeking, thus increasing focus.
So, while it can be tempting to stay full course ahead with your daily routine, consider switching it up once in a while - you won't regret it.