Last Updated on April 8, 2024

Disrupting your routines

Much has been written about the perfect morning routine.

The idea is if you create an amazing morning routine, you will be happy and successful.

I’m a creature of routine myself.

I don’t do well when my routine gets disrupted.

Power-less

On Saturday, our electricity went out around 3:00 P.M.

It was out for a full 28 hours.

This definitely disrupted my routine.

Not only could I not consume content on a glowing rectangle (the horror!).

I also had to cancel my Sunday plans and throw out all the food in the refrigerator.

Riding the Waves

At first I found myself quite relaxed.

My nervous system was downregulating from the lack of stimulation.

But then I found myself going into a freeze response.

I felt extremely tired and out of it, demotivated.

I didn’t know what to do with myself.

I took a two-hour long nap.

Then I got out of that funk and went to a coffeeshop to charge our devices.

At the coffeeshop, again I got quite peaceful.

I even wrote in a paper journal for the first time in forever.

I contemplated purpose, how to find more meaning in life.

When the power came back on, suddenly I felt like I “had to” do all these things, now that I could do them again.

I felt my nervous system ramping up into a mild stress state.

Perhaps there’s a lesson here!

Purposeful Disruption

Having one’s routines disrupted is one of the benefits of travel.

Routines can be helpful.

And our routines also maintain our problems.

For me, one of those problems is scrolling the internet.

As long as I have electricity, I spend much of my free time consuming content.

With the power off, I started to go deeper.

I realized what I’ve been missing.

Life isn’t all about forming the perfect routines.

It’s also about what we can learn from having all our routines thrown into question.

Who would you be without all your routines?

What would you choose to do differently if all your normal habits were suddenly not available?

Perhaps its even valuable to do this on purpose to ourselves sometimes, as a challenge.

And we can also utilize times when it happens naturally.

Take care,
~Duff