Posted on May 06, 2020 by Dr. Bhavna Doshi

The Importance of Routine

Dear Friends,

During the lockdown, many may find that one day blends into another and some may find that each day is the same, like in the movie ‘Groundhog Day’.

I know I sometimes find it hard to tell which day of the week it is. This can be quite disheartening and make you feel less than yourself. Indeed, many may feel depressed and very very low.

I really like the movie Groundhog Day, where a cynical weatherman (Bill Murray) finds himself reliving the same day over and over again in a time loop until he finally gets it and turns the day in an opportunity.

He does this by making small changes each day. He adapts to a different “routine” one that is advantageous for him.

Another similar movie with a similar theme but a little more modern is Edge of Tomorrow with Tom Cruise in it.

Do watch these if you get a chance. And use them to think about your own life and how you can change to make your life better.

Those that want to perform better in life will take this period as an amazing opportunity to do better than they have ever done.

However, despite these good intentions, most will falter and not accomplish much.

The inertia of staying at home will get to you at some point and this may debilitate your mind from taking proactive actions. It has happened to the best of us at some point in life.

So, I thought it appropriate to highlight some books that you may find helpful in establishing daily routines or habits that have a positive impact on your life.

A productive daily routine is important if you want to accomplish your goals in life.

These books are ones the ones I have read and have found useful. Try them out.

Just because you do not have the routine of going to work doesn’t mean that you do not establish a productive routine at home.

Things you can include in your routine:

• Exercise
• Meditation
• Reading
• Planning life and work strategy
• Learning
• Building relationships
• Work from a telephone or laptop
• Communication
• Hobbies
• Fun

Not only will a productive routine help you to grow in some way but it will also help you not to go insane at home. There are many reports now of the psychological effects of lockdown.

This can lead to anxiety and distress. Having routine allows your subconscious to sense a need. It helps to fight inertia and deadline living.

TIP: a key to developing sound habits and routines, especially if you have not previously had them is to do a little of what you intend every day. You can even allocate a set time. Consistency is the key.

Hence, you are taking baby steps to achieve your goals rather than going gung-ho into the deep end. Regular habits like these will soon develop into simply “the way you do things”. Then you become that which you set out to become.

“Depending on what they are, our habits will either make us or break us. We become what we repeatedly do.” Sean Covey

“I have learnt that champions aren’t just born; champions can be made when they embrace and commit to life-changing positive habits.”Lewis Howes

Lockdown is a wonderful place to start these positive character building and productive habits.

Meanwhile, keep well and stay safe, Bhavna

DWB working in close association with The Perfect Smile Advanced Training Institute