Trap by a routine

My weekly schedule is:

  • Monday is clearing some pending stuffs from last week or new emails on that day. Normally I will feel beaten up after I reach home.
  • Tuesday, I will head to the gym in the morning, before going to office (sometimes needs some coffee or tea to perk me up) and I post a blog after I reach home.
  • Wednesday, it’s time to revise my Japanese, do the homework or simply watch movie and think what should I write for my next post.
  • Thursday, another gym and blog day.
  • Friday, it’s time to have some fun after work.
  • Saturday, it’s either meeting friends (movies, taking pictures or post process my last photo hunting) or doing some house cleaning.
  • Sunday, my Japanese class.

I tweeted everyday on the week. I tweeted mostly about technology, design and user interface related topic or simply trends. Sometimes related with personal development. I use scheduler (so boss, don’t worry I’m not facing all day long). It also means I read the article beforehand. Occasionally, I use twitter to communicate with my friends too.

I added some and I removed some, my schedule stays some and goes some. Some of my friends told me that I have a way to keep myself busy with things.

Okay I admit that I have a difficulties to stay idle. But it doesn’t mean that I can’t be idle. When I’m idle, I do really idle and not doing anything. Basically I just stone. (and I’m still receiving complains from friends for this).

Different people has different life style, different preferences, or put it simple, we are just a unique being with some similarities. But one thing I know is, we are all easily trapped by a routine. It may be difficult to make a routine, but it’s harder to get rid of it.

I’m not saying that routine is bad. Routine has it’s benefit. For example, for a people like me who likes to jump around and barely finish something, a routine will  help me to finish what I’m doing. To make me more consistent.

On the other hand, when we do it repetitively and unconsciously, it will make us not aware about what is happened around us. When that’s happened, we will be someone who is not present at the present moment, someone who lost their creativity, someone who just a robot or machine, or many more.

Here is the deal. We can avoid it.

Simply, by changing our schedule.

Some of my friends said that it’s very stressful to change our schedule. I said, it will be more stressful if you change it every now and then. Change them occasionally, let it settle and once you started to get used to it, shift some of your schedule again.

To conclude, if you feel trap by your routine, try to change it first.

3 signs of complacency

Complacency definition is

a feeling of satisfaction, esp extreme self-satisfaction;smugness.

Most of us feels that after some time in our life, I believe, whether it’s at school, at home or at work. For example, you may feel save, not be at the bottom of the class, because you know that some of your friend have lower grades than you. When your parents scold you, you will reason because of this or that.

So, what are the signs that we need to aware of?

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Getting our feet back on the ground

Lesson of the week: it’s hard to make a new habit, but it’s harder to get it back.

This post is still related to my recent trip which I mentioned in previous post. The trip summary, we had a trip because of public holiday fell on Monday, so it was a long weekend trip. On top of that, we add one more day by taking one day leave on Friday, thus we have 4 days 3 nights for the trip.

Getting our feet back on the ground

Basically I was away from my daily routine for one day because of the trip. Daily routine here means my working day routine. Since it was ended on Monday, all of us were supposedly going to work the next day. And come to my surprise, I feel more tired than before I had the trip. I can’t concentrate much at work, I took longer time to solve problems and days feel longer than usual. (oops..)

Some of my colleagues teased me by saying, maybe the holiday wasn’t long enough for me and having a brain freeze after holiday is normal after all.

Have you ever experienced it?

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