This is a non-dental conversation this month. Why?
The topic of routines always comes up at the end of summer, and I think for good reason.
For some, just hearing the word makes them shudder. Yet for others, the routine and structure of the non-summer months is a welcome relief.
According to Merriam Webster dictionary, routine is being of the type that is encountered in the normal course of events.
If you want your life to be more than “the normal course”, then routine is that much more important. Those who fear routine the most, would benefit from it the most.
Let me give you an example…
The person who balks at the thought of routine justifies that stance with wanting to be “free” and “spontaneous”.
Yet these are often the most caged-up folks out there. Sure, they may appear ‘free’ on the outside, but constantly lack accomplishment and fulfilment in many areas of life.
Here’s my pro-routine argument: If you want freedom, time with friends, accomplishment, and to experience all that life has to offer – you can only do that through routine.
Having a scripted morning routine, and dedicated time for the things you value most, you’ll find that you actually get to do more of those things than without the routine.
What about kids?
Yes, I know kids change everything, but you can still have a family routine and a personal routine. Having kids myself now I often joke that I have become so much more efficient with the little time that remains. But I can tell you I would have zero time and constant frustration over things undone and the lack of time.
We all have the same 24 hours in a day. You can either have the pain of discipline or the pain of regret. Discipline weighs much less.
P.S., floss your teeth (now you have dental content too :).