Breaking Routine

It’s a natural human trait to want routine, I often find myself walking the same routes and doing the same things day in and day out. Sometimes, it feels like effort both physically and mentally to break out of it, but as Marc and Deanna made us all aware of earlier, routine can be bad! It makes us feel too comfortable. It makes us complacent, and go into ‘autopilot’. 

I know I’m guilty of becoming ‘comfortable’ lately - I’ve sat in the same chair at Town Hall and during masterclasses, spoke to the same people, and generally just haven’t been seeking new experiences. I was perfectly happy with just waking up, getting the tube to Brixton, working at SCA in the same spot until about 6pm, getting the same tube home, and repeat. 

Well, yesterday we were under pressure with our Metro Rush Hour Crush brief - it’s fair to say communication within our team was lacking, and as such nothing was getting done. It got to 5pm and myself and Petra decided that enough was enough, and we were going to take ourselves out of that familiar space and sit in a coffee shop to work out a plan of action. We ended up staying there for about 4 hours, and got the whole video done, and this got me thinking - getting myself out of that environment, that ‘comfortable’ space, allowed me to focus and also inspired a new train of thought. It was honestly the best thing we could have done at the time.

With that in mind, this morning I took a different route into Brixton - I got up 20 minutes earlier and got overground trains and buses, which actually ended up being a stroke of luck as there were severe delays on the Victoria Line. Just taking that step to see different sights on my way into SCA reinvigorated my thinking, and I felt so much more ‘in tune’ today. 

Tomorrow, I’m going to wake up at a different time to usual, get out of the other side of the bed and start the day as I mean to go on, after all, variety is the spice of life!