Today I went out to lunch.
With my 2 year old.
For no reason.
It wasn’t a special occasion. I wasn’t meeting a friend to “catch up”. I just decided to stop at a restaurant before finishing our errands. This may not sound that outlandish to some, but for me, it was something of a first. See, I’m a person of routines. I like my schedules. I like having a plan. And with a kid, this has served me well. He and I know what to expect of each other.
And it works from a professional perspective, too. I believe consistent work habits are crucial to accomplishing large tasks. And a set routine frees one’s mind for important decisions and complex problem solving.
But being efficient only matters if you’re accomplishing something worthwhile. Something meaningful. Routines and habits are only half the battle. You also need inspiration.
You need to mix it up.
Try something new.
Do things that remind you that life isn’t just a series of tasks to be checked off a list.