Most people who know me know how important having a routine is to me. When I wake up, I know exactly what I will be doing to prepare myself for a productive and successful day. My routine brings me comfort and confidence.
This weekend, I did not follow my regular routine. Instead, I used the weekend to relax and reset. This weekend, I intentionally slowed down, and I realized I need to slow down more often.
In America, too many of us are busy all the time. Routines and positive habits are great, but we need to make sure our routines don’t result in us always being busy or always having something to do. Living purposely and consciously does not mean filling our days and brains with activities and thoughts. It means creating space to function in a healthy and positive space. An empty brain and no thoughts is better than a full brain with too many thoughts.
This weekend, I realized I need to adapt my routines to help myself slow down and give myself space to empty my brain. I want to purposely plan my daily schedules to create more down time for activities that help me reset and recharge. I want to continue to pursue growth in learning how to conquer my mind and refine my ability to control my thoughts, dispensing with thoughts that don’t serve me and replacing them with those that do.
I encourage everyone to take note of how busy you feel. If your brain or your body is going nonstop, try to take a moment to stop doing and stop thinking. Take a moment to just be. Recognize how it feels. If it’s uncomfortable, it probably means you need to just be more often.
Personal growth never ends, as long as we continue to challenge ourselves.