Routines can be comforting. It's always nice to know you have something you enjoy to look forward to, whether it's your familiar walk to work, your daily cup of coffee, or your bedtime routine. But once in a while, it's helpful to switch up your routine. Doing things differently can take you out of your comfort zone, exercise new parts of your brain, and help you discover new ways to do them in the future.
"Breaking up your daily routines can help you figure out how to do things better," Itamar Shatz, a PhD candidate at Cambridge University and author of Solving Procrastination, tells Bustle. "Most of us have a daily routine that we feel comfortable with, and we are often reluctant to change it. This can be an issue when it causes us to miss out on the opportunity to improve the way we do things simply because we've always done them a certain way."
Getting out of old patterns can also open you up to new ideas, entrepreneur, inspirational speaker, and yoga teacher Dr. Jodi Ashbrook tells Bustle. "When you step outside of your daily routine to try something new, or press pause to take a break from the chaos and soak up a moment, you may be surprised by unexpected inspiration that could impact you in a positive way, both personally and professionally."
Shatz recommends picking one part of your day to improve at a time and trying to do it in a different way than usual. "If the new way of doing things works better, then you can stick with it moving forward. Otherwise, you can return to your old way of doing things."
You don't have to make a big change to experience these benefits. Here are some small, simple ways to break up your routine.