Habits and new routines

Habits and new routines don’t work well together. An analogy for this relationship is driving through a new route.

When we’re driving through a route we know well, we go on autopilot. We don’t need the map and are more than comfortable listening to a book or taking a phone call.

But, if we’re figuring out directions, that tends to be a bad time to attempt to focus on a call or some new content.

Habits work much the same way.

So many of us have experienced various levels of disruption in our routines over the past weeks. This is a note to remind ourselves that it is totally expected if our habits went for a toss in the process.

Being tough on ourselves isn’t the solution (it rarely is). Some kindness and self-compassion will help us find those old habits and routines or, maybe, find new routines and new habits.