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Revelling in routine

In an age of disruption and chasing spontaneity there’s still something to be said for predictability and process. However, when the notion of routine is raised, a shudder of boredom is the response. Many creative types or innovators feel that the drudgery of routine is an enemy of the imagination. One of the most iconic and revered of American writers, John Steinbeck, lamented, “It’s a hard thing to leave any deeply routined life, even if you hate it.” Yet, when novelty is all you seek, you forget the subtle power of routine and how it can be woven into your life to enhance it and stabilise you.

Finding your groove

While variety may be the spice of life, in times of adversity, having those rituals and routines can be the glue that keeps our lives intact. It’s not merely the routine that shores us up but the acknowledgment that our values are stored in these very habits.

Routine allows you to default to auto-pilot when life throws you a curve ball. When couples are going through a separation, for example, the daily and at times mundane routines of making school lunches, dropping kids at soccer or going for that

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