Humans are routine-oriented by nature. Just look at the circadian rhythm. We are programmed to rise and fall with the sun.
But we need not get locked into a routine or way of doing things. Depending on your sensitivity to your life’s routine, changing up your routine can be detrimental and ruin the rest of your day/week/year. If that’s the case, it’s like your routine has imprisoned you! You become enslaved to your routine.
I have never been enslaved to my routine. The only time I’d say something like that happened was when I came up with the idea for this website. I would go to work, leave at 4:30pm exactly, and come home and work on the concepts, web design, etc. I had a goal and I was letting nothing get in the way of it – which then turned into the routine of working endless hours on my project. I guess there can be a fine line between an enslaving routine and striving to conquer a new challenge.
If your routine lacks mental stimulation, social engagement, learning, laughter, physical activity, etc…. It’s probably time to change things up a bit. Even if your routine includes all of them, it’s still time to change things up.
Variety is the spice of life, right? It’s healthy to introduce new challenges into your life. People who exercise know that it’s healthy to change their routine to maximize the benefits of exercise and to train different muscle groups. If you do the same exercise all the time, you plateau, get frustrated, and start losing the benefits of exercising since you become über-efficient at that particular exercise. Don’t let the same thing happen in life!
Your Happiness Plunge could be very difficult to undertake because it’ll involve drastic, maybe even extreme changes to your routine. This is a double-edged sword. The more you change, the more I think you should ease into that change.
It’s kind of like quitting smoking. You can quit cold-turkey and for some people it’s the perfect way to quit. For others, a gradual reduction is more reasonable and more conducive to success. Before you take your plunge, ask yourself how well you respond to change. Use that to lay out a plan for success.
It would be a shame if your plunge didn’t fully actualize because you eliminated something silly like Facebook from your routine to give yourself 30 more minutes per day to work on your plunge planning.
Rome wasn’t built in a day. Either will your new life – whatever it may be. But if you change your routine, you may take new paths that inspire you to find happiness in ways you didn’t imagine possible.