Rhythms are defined as a strong, regular, repeated patterns of movement or sound. We regularly get into rhythms in our life – a morning routine, a way of easing our way into focus on a particular topic, among others. Good rhythms, like everything that is meaningful in this life, are hard to create and easy to break.
I wrote last Monday about how I’d broken my morning routine rhythm the previous week. Sure enough, it was disrupted all of last week as well. It is today when I felt myself get back to something that resembled my usual routine. You see this happen all the time in sports – teams who see a winning streak broken suddenly lose many games, teams that never let a goal in for many matches let many in, and strikers start scoring goals every game.. until they don’t and then struggle to get their scoring streak back.
Understanding rhythms requires us to understand Newton’s first law of motion.
An object will remain at rest or in uniform motion in a straight line unless acted upon by an external force.
Momentum of any kind, as a result, is hard to change. This beautiful principle has two important implications. First, we must consider designing our days in ways we can find momentum on various projects. If you’re planning to work on a project, set aside a 3 hour block to do so. It’ll give you time to dig deep.
Second, we must take a step back and consider the various routines and rhythms that we’d love to have in our ideal lives. Once we identify them, we must get to work on making them part of our lives – one at a time.
After all, As Newton wisely identified, things are not likely to change unless acted upon by an external force.