We can live the same year on repeat and call it living or we can live each year differently. As humans, we crave routine and habit. It allows us to have stability yet, this stability can stifle our growth.
The cure to routine? Spontaneity. While we may not have the luxury of being a digital nomad or working from different locations, we can choose how we spend our time before and after work as well as our lives in general.
As life gets fuller, routines are created. We wake up, get ready for work, go to work and then come home. If you have a partner, pets and/or children, then there may be a few extra steps in your daily routine.
It’s like we are on the set of the movie Groundhog Day after a while. The days blur because each one is similar. It can be difficult to remember what you did each day as a result. Apart from your mood, the heaviness of traffic, the weather and what you ate each day, many details remain the same.
When life gets to that point, we are existing rather than living. Granted, routine helps us to remain organised and helps ease the chaos, it limits our ability to create meaningful days and memories to treasure.
When you look back on your life, you tend to remember the extra ordinary days rather than mundane. It reminds me of a scene in the movie, Pretty Woman when Richard Gere’s character admits that he hadn’t taken a day off work for years and thanks to Julia Robert’s character, he does. They spend the day together, he takes off his shoes and feels the grass beneath his feet and it’s a day to remember.
We can have those moments too. While I’m not suggesting that we all in call in sick to our jobs, we can consciously choose to break free of our routine and do something a little different.
How to add a little more spontaneity into your life:
- Organise a mid week dinner date with a friend, lover or loved one.
- Go for a walk, swim or class at a place you’ve been wanting to go.
- Organise a date night.
- Have a blank canvas day, wake up and see how you feel. It’s fun to act on impulse rather than feeling like you have to do something.
- Say yes to a last minute invitation (if it’s something you want to do)
- Go to a different cafe for your morning coffee. Take a moment to look around, savour the taste of your drink and the atmosphere.
- Drive a different way to or from work. Notice the area around you.
- Allocate a few free hours each weekend to doing something different. (ie. unplanned time)
- Watch the sunset or sunrise.
- Go on a roadtrip.
- When you travel, try not to plan every minute. Allow yourself to be guided by what feels right, you end up having more fun and seeing more without getting stressed.
- Listen to an impulse and act on it without letting your logic talk you out of it. (If you want to go for a late night drive, go for it!)
The possibilities are endless but trust me when I say, you remember the moments that aren’t routine more so than your ground hog days. It allows you to feel joy, to remember that life is more than just routine and you have the power to choose how you spend your days.
It’s easy to get caught up in routine and habits yet when we break free of a habit and step out of our comfort zone, we can thrive and create some beautiful memories.