Do you do things the hard way because that’s how you’ve always done it? Is it just easier? Or does imagining the effort and time involved in learning a new routine seem overwhelming? Besides, who has extra time anyway?
I’m not insinuating that you might be lazy, but I can honestly be accused of laziness. Routines are routines because I just do’ em. They don’t require thinking.
Last week a good friend asked what I could eliminate in order to make my life better. My snarky sense of humor wanted to ask, “What? Walking with a cinderblock tied to my ankle isn’t usual? This is just how I do it.”
Seriously, I’ve discovered a half dozen things I can do differently that will make my life easier. And I’m sure there are more. Simple things like rinsing the dishes and storing them in the washer, with the dirty sign on the door. Going for my walk earlier in the day. My will power declines as the day proceeds. And the biggest thing I can do is stop a project when after hours things are not going well. If I battle all day long without success, I don’t want to try again the next day, if ever.
How have you overcome a tendency to keep routines that don’t serve you well? How do you turn reluctance to change around?
This tree had a limb that was growing toward the road. Removing it will improve the future for the tree. Old fashioned thoughts add stuff to make “it” better. I’m looking for what can be removed.
What do you suggest?