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Jan 16, 2019 21:32:14

The Power of (Breaking) Routine

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I've been in New Orleans since Monday, for Zapier's work retreat, and once again I become aware of how susceptible I am to a situational routine. What I mean by that is that when I'm at home, I fall into the same patterns and routines (wake up, check phone, read the same sites/apps, etc, etc). 

Something as simple as not waking up in my own bed and all of a sudden I'm shaken out of my routine and barely even remember to do those things. Same goes for things that I stress about or feel that I must get done. 

It's funny how being out of my element makes it easy to throw all of that out the window. I do wonder about how I can simulate this when I go back home. Not caring as much about stupid stuff, and getting out of routines that aren't doing me any good.

I do adopt some routines while traveling that I probably shouldn't. It's hard to turn down snacks when they're all right there, at my disposal. And I'm definitely not keeping up with my steps. That was one GOOD routine that I'd developed when I was home. I look forward to getting back to it (even though I'm all caught up on the show I've been watching on my walks). Guess I'll have to find a new show to "binge walk".


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    @nicksimard This week was my first week on the road after establishing some new routines at home. You are right the environment change can really disrupt your patterns. In some cases this is good to break away from bad habits, but it can also be detrimental to the momentum of good habits that have been established at home. I still meditate in the morning. I still write 200WAD. I still perform my gratitude journaling and fill out the daily pages of the planner. Diet is always tough on the road, so that one could use some improvement. I think it is interesting to think about the value both in keeping streaks going as well as breaking streaks that are not moving you in the right direction.

    Brandon Wilson avatar Brandon Wilson | Jan 17, 2019 15:08:40
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      @brandonwilson "I think it is interesting to think about the value both in keeping streaks going as well as breaking streaks that are not moving you in the right direction." Yup! Some things that we fall into routines doing really don't do us any good, so dropping those when out of our typical environments is not a bad thing. But will I fall back into the trap when I return home? Probably.

      Nick Simard avatar Nick Simard | Jan 17, 2019 19:40:35
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    @nicksimard love this! I find routines and getting into/out of them fascinating, and I definitely find that environment has an effect

    Jessica avatar Jessica | Jan 17, 2019 08:43:51
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      @jessica Yeah it really is interesting how/why we get into the routines that we do. And the effect that stepping out of your usual world has on it.

      Nick Simard avatar Nick Simard | Jan 17, 2019 19:39:37
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    @nicksimard How is remote work at Zapier? I read an article about it on your Zapier's blog but would love to hear your personal opinion

    Basile Samel avatar Basile Samel | Jan 17, 2019 13:48:03
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      @basilesamel That sounds like a whole post ;) In brief, I really enjoy working remotely because I HATED commuting in South Orange County, California. Drivers suck and are not very nice, and traffic pisses me off. And the flexibility that working from home allows is amazing, not to mention being able to work from wherever I want. I feel like I could go through the pros and cons of working remotely, but I'll save that for a day where I need my 200 words!

      Nick Simard avatar Nick Simard | Jan 17, 2019 19:55:23
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    @nicksimard - binge walk eh?

    Brian Ball avatar Brian Ball | Jan 17, 2019 06:47:34
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      @brianball Haha, yup. I figured it accurately explains binge-watching a show that I enjoy and doing so while I walk :P

      Nick Simard avatar Nick Simard | Jan 17, 2019 19:37:21
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      @nicksimard - are you on a treadmill? Don't want you to walk into traffic during a zombie apocalypse show.

      Brian Ball avatar Brian Ball | Jan 18, 2019 16:50:04
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      @brianball I've done treadmill once but mostly I walk around my neighborhood. Not a whole lotta cars to worry about luckily :)

      Nick Simard avatar Nick Simard | Jan 18, 2019 08:49:50
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