Routines are Helpful—until they Start Hurting Us.

Routines. They are at the crux of everything we do. People love routines because they ease the strain we’re under. In fact, we love routines so much that we’ve taken it a step further. We’ve proven time and again as a society that we love when tasks can be automated. Online bill pay. Programmable coffee makers. Keyless entry. Voice-activated. Self-driving. Routines are helpful – to a point.

Routines are helpful

We not only want things to be routine, we’d like them to be mindless. We don’t like having to put in extra effort if we feel it can be avoided. Sure, coffee from a French press might taste better but who wants to deal with all that when stumbling bleary-eyed out of bed? If our routine says our coffee will be waiting for us hot and ready at 6:00 a.m., we don’t want to sacrifice that convenience before we brush our teeth using the automatic toothbrush that eliminates the need to do all that swirling around we had to do before.

Doing Things Mindlessly

Doing things mindlessly does not mean they are making our lives easier or better in any way. It simply means we’ve stopped caring and have resigned ourselves to the status quo.

Routines and conveniences—we rely on them to bring order and comfort into our lives. We do it to the point that we ignore all the signs when those routines and conveniences begin to create greater chaos and turmoil. If it’s not broken, don’t fix it—right?

It’s broken. The routine is broken. It is no longer helping us.

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