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The evolution of routine

Keep experimenting with your morning.

I believe good days are a function of good mornings. What I’ve noticed over the past several months is that my morning routines have continuously evolved. I stopped working out early (now it’s a pm workout). I started walking. I have taken stretching out of the workout and placed it early. I changed the start time of my work mornings three different times. I tried things for a week and then quit. I have consistently failed at meditating no matter where I put it throughout the day…

Up until recently these gyrations have been frustrating. I used to believe that quickly establishing and sticking to a morning routine was best, and now I believe something different (actually I believe two different somethings). First, morning routines should evolve through experimentation. Second, it’s all fine.

For many of us Covid-19 has intensely frustrated our rhythms and our rituals. Things feel out of control. Morning routines provide me an illusion of control. I just feel better when my mornings are right. But my sales pitch here isn’t about having a routine. Rather it’s about being patient, being intentional, and being open to change when change inevitably arrives.

Why? In the end, it will all be fine anyway.

by Jonathan Wilson

Jonathan is the Head Coach at Sandcastle Company, a Seattle-based leadership training organization. His first book, Future Leader: Rebooting Leadership to Win the Millennial and Tech Future [link], is now available. Jonathan regularly writes and speaks about The New Leader Way, leadership resilience, and the future of work. He has years of leadership experience in both the public and private sectors, a master's degree from Seattle University, and professional coach training from the University of Miami.

Filed under: Leadership

Published on July 14, 2020

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