This week, Howard and I talked about making decisions. And really, our decisions make us. But the problem is that many of them we make are reactive or spontaneous or, worse, impetuous. And that’s not good. That’s often too short-sighted.
So why not do something different and proactively shape how you spend your time and energy every day? Why not intentionally form a routine?
You see, doing that eliminates all of those small decisions like what you will wear, eat, do at certain times, when you exercise, everything. The more detailed your routine, the better, I’ve found. It almost eliminates any decision making you need on a daily basis. And it will do more than that.
It will change your life. And it will be one of the best decisions you will ever make. Let me explain.
Now you shouldn’t just form a routine randomly. This isn’t about just shooting from the hip. No, you do it with a goal, or goals, in mind. This is about crafting your life. So you need to do with great care. And if you do, you will compound your ability to reach your dreams and achieve your desires more than you ever thought you could.
For instance, one of my goals is to write a novel, or, at least, to become the best writer that I can. That means I need to have time to do that, where I sit down and just plunk away at my keyboard. I also need to read, so I have times where I do that. And the best part is I don’t need to think about when I write or read; it’s all preprogrammed, and I just do.
That’s the power of a routine. Instead of planning and thinking and scheduling, you’re not messing with all of that. You’re not wasting valuable time and brainpower. No, you’re just doing.
And all of that has helped me become a better thinker and wordsmith. Am I where I want to be? No. But I’ve only been doing this for a couple of years. Even so, I’ve still seen incredible gains. Now, imagine where I could be after a decade, or two? I could be completely transformed. I don’t know if I’ll become an F. Scott Fitzgerald, or win a Pulitzer. But at least I can become the best version of myself.
Now, I haven’t just done this for writing and reading. My entire day from waking to sleep is pretty much routine-d. It’s set. And I don’t focus on decisions, but making gains.
You can, too.
And if you do, you will see incredible changes in your capabilities, work, health, habits, whatever you apply your routine towards. It just takes making the decision to create your routine. And once you do, it will recreate you.
I know that some people can’t do this for one reason or another, but I do believe that most can. Even if you have kids or a job or whatever, you can. I have all of that and have managed to keep a routine. If I can, so can you.
Yes, starting this can be hard. It’s not easy. But once you get going, a routine makes life easier. That’s the secret.
So don’t just make reactive decisions. Proactively program your day and see where you go and who you become in a year, or years.
You won’t just be better. You’ll be the best you can be.
And you’ll know it wasn’t an accident.
It was your decision.