Routines And Ruts

routines and rutsMost of us follow the same patterns day after day without much variance one way or the other, but can you tell the difference between following a routine or being in a rut? Routines and ruts appear similar but in the end, each yields very different results.

Routines And Ruts

Routines and ruts – how can you tell the difference between the two?

A rut is essentially a routine that has grown tired, stale, and empty. You put your head down, push through each day, allowing yourself to settle into a certain rhythm that never changes. You know that you are in a rut when you feel restless and weary and you can’t figure out how you got there or even how to get out. That pattern may have once been a good thing but now it is a roadblock to your personal growth and development and once you are in a rut you may become stuck and never get out.

Essentially a rut is a repeated pattern of behavior without any conscious thought or consideration of a goal or end result. It is doing the same thing repeatedly for the sake of doing the same thing repeatedly only because that is how you have always done it – or you have agreed with yourself that it is the only way. You may keep moving while in a rut but in the end, it is not going to get you anywhere.

A routine on the other hand, is a very powerful thing. Think of it as a habit that helps you or builds you up as opposed to a rut, which is a habit that limits you.

Properly planned routines are habits in life that are based in meaning and purpose – it is a discipline that keeps you moving in the direction that you have determined to provide the best outcome. A routine is a repeated pattern of behavior that is carried out with intention and with a specific reason or end goal in mind.

For example, this Blog is part of my routine. I wake up every morning, and after getting going and before I do anything else that day, I sit down and write. I have been doing this for months now with more than one purpose in mind for doing it, but the most important one is to write something every day that serves to help others. It has become as much a part of my daily routine as going for a run or taking the dog for a walk.

Stay away from ruts where you carry out your tasks in a mechanical and apathetic manner, which lack purpose and intention. Instead, create routines that inspire you and move you forward instead of just maintaining the status quo. Live intentionally while at the same time creating more discipline in your life and you will never fall into a rut again.

Now that you know the difference between routines and ruts – how do YOU break out of your ruts when you find yourself stuck in one?

Andy Wooten M.A. Counseling – A Certified Life Coach In Aspen Colorado

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Photo By Andy Wooten 03 July 2010

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