Is it Normal to Hate Routine: Tips to Fix Your Boring Routine

For most people, routine is a scary word that reminds them of boredom and monotony.

It’s normal to hate routine since humans get bored of doing the same thing every day. However, you should know that all successful people have a routine in their life. So it’s important to learn how to make the daily routine a part of your life.

Is it better to have a routine or not?

Routine is important for success. By developing a good habit that’s repetitive every day, you can achieve amazing results in the long turn.

The human brain is performing better by planning and organizing tasks. but it doesn’t mean that your life has to be 100% planned or programmed. If you can plan 10% of your most important activities and turn them into a daily routine, then you’re on the road to success. An important advantage of a morning routine is that you get some hours to work for yourself before others steal the remaining of your time.

Why do I get bored of routine?

  • You start with a high-intensity routine.
  • You do things that you hate and blame the routine for them.
  • You lack motivation.
  • You don’t take breaks when you are almost burned out.
  • You don’t reward yourself when hitting targets.

How to stop hating routine?

Creating a schedule is not about making the things that you hate, it is about designing the days that you would like to have. People think that routine is only about doing the important boring things that prevent your life from being worse -like paying bills or taking out the garbage- and it’s important to put these on schedule because otherwise, your tomorrow will be worse. But you also want to add things to your schedule that if you do you can reward yourself for. If you get the balance there between obligation and reward right, then you find yourself motivated to routine.

You got to treat yourself like a good boss would treat a valued employee, not like a tyrant would treat a slave because the slave will rebel,

Jordan B Peterson

Suffer once not twice!

A lot of the time, the resistance that we feel towards doing the most important thing that we have to do in a day is more unpleasant than doing the thing itself. If we eventually have to do the thing itself after a long enough timeline, then why add all of this suffering in between before we just engage with the suffering of action? It’s like suffering twice. Why suffer twice when you can just suffer once. When you structure your day like this, there is a certain level of existential security that you’ll start to feel. You’ll no more have this dark cloud looming over your head all the time. You’ll live most of the day as someone who has done that thing already rather than someone who has to do that thing.

Routine isn’t the problem!

Sometimes, routine is not the problem. You are not interested in the activities that you’re doing every day. If you changed those activities with new ones that interest you, then you may start to see the routine differently. Routine can organize the things that you love and make you get the best outcome out of them.

How to create a routine that works for you

The best way to create a routine that works for you is to first understand yourself, what you love, and what you hate. The second is to start small. Do not force yourself into a highly intensive routine. Instead, you should start with a small habit that you repeat every day until it becomes automatic in your brain, then you can move to the next habit. Over time, you’ll notice that you’ve designed a good routine that helps you get the best outcome from your daily activities.
Ask yourself these questions to find little habits you can start adding into your morning:

  • What do I want more of in my day? 
  • What do I want less of in my day?
  • What do I love to do early in the morning
  • What do I always say I want to do, but never make time for?

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