Find Time to Keep Your Routine Fresh

Dock in Fog P1010040Finding time to keep your routines and rituals alive for yourself can be a challenge.

And yet, this is a key piece in ensuring your engagement in the moment and your follow-through over time.  So how can you keep things fresh for yourself?

One of the things that I often think about when looking at my routines is this wonderful quotation from Heraclitus:

You cannot step into the same river twice.

Everything is new…

No action, no moment, is exactly the same as anything that preceded it – or anything that will follow. Looked at from that vantage point, even the most routine of tasks is absolutely unique.

Looked at from that vantage point, you can arrive at each of your moments fresh – with eyes and heart fully open. Doing the dishes this morning is an entirely different act than doing them yesterday was … or doing them on January 17th, 1989.

Indeed, looked at in this way, our most routine acts are ALWAYS fresh and new!  When undertaken mindfully, each represents both a brand new moment and a small anniversary. We can, in our mindful routines, simultaneously celebrate a new beginning and commemorate all of the other times that we have performed that same task.

A routine is a touchstone.

Our routines become rich benchmarks or touchstones. They mark where we stand in this moment, as well as how we have changed and how our circumstances have evolved as we look back across years of these mundane tasks that are such staples in our lives.

When you perform routine tasks over the coming days, try pausing to be in the moment and connect with its uniqueness as well as its history in your life. What impact does that have on your sense of time?  On your attention and energy? Drop me a line – I’d love to know!

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Let’s explore time together …


  1. Love this idea! A fresh opportunity, a small anniversary and maybe a tiny benchmark of progress to boot!

  2. Thanks for the link – and the comment! I love the addition of the benchmark of progress!

  3. I love these ideas for keeping your routines fresh so they won’t be so…routine. I wanted to read the article about procrastination, but I didn’t get around to it yet. :-)Thank you for your great time management ideas. Appreciated!

  4. Hi Kathryn – Thanks for sharing your thoughts (as always) and your humor. I do hope you get to read that procrastination article … one of these days! 😉

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