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This is your Life

Routines serve a purpose in our lives, but they should not become the purpose to our lives. - Unknown

There is no question that routines help us to be more efficient and productive.  They help the people around us know what to expect from us and what is expected of them. On a broad level, routine adds to our life.

But we need to be weary of getting stuck by our routine…becoming so entrenched that we come to live on autopilot. Wake up, breakfast, commute, work, home, dinner, TV – then do it all over again, again and again. Or some variation thereof.

Understanding that there are many benefits of routine, how can we avoid becoming stuck? Imagine watching a movie featuring your life. What would you want the movie to be about?

Here are a few things you can keep in mind to add some spice to the plot:
  • Keep a bucket list and commit to checking an item off the list at a pace you’re comfortable with
  • Learn something new every day
  • Meet new people
  • Do something that makes you uncomfortable
  • Spend time with people of all ages
  • Travel, travel, travel!
  • Read...a lot
What would you add to this list?


  1. Good list! One thing I would also add is to do something to give back to others in some way- I try to add one new thing each year whether it was donating money through Kiva and Plan (or last year, when we raised $ and then donated our time to wrapping Christmas presents for needy families in the GTA). I find this practice a good one not only for the obvious reason to help others who need it, but also to get ourselves out of our own heads/daily life concerns and realize that there is a big world out there with problems much larger than our own. Really puts those daily life concerns in perspective! Edub


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