I’m a big fan of routines and daily habits because I’m entirely convinced that success can often be the result of daily habits added together over extended time. I know this to be true from my dentist telling me to floss everyday, from making it a habit to write everyday and lots more!
At the same time, a routine can become mindless and mechanical muscle memory because of familiarity and practice. This is the monotony quagmire where we get caught in the habit without getting our desired results.
The defining difference between mechanical muscle memory (monotony) and culminated success is attention and presence. Just because we do something repetitiously doesn’t mean that we’re going to be successful with that activity. I would suggest that we endeavor to be wholly present and attentive with our daily habits so they can have maximum impact and success. To this end, let’s be careful to cultivate both intentional presence as well as daily habits!