Posts Tagged ‘routine’

Rock the boat!!!

April 6, 2011

Are you in a rut?  Does your family always tell you to show up two hours early to holiday dinners, because you are always 2 hours late? (Your only excuse was you forgot to clean the kitchen for the third time that day.)  Having a routine is a good thing.  It gives us structure, and discipline, and there is nothing wrong with either one of those.  The thing to remember about routine is it is to be mastered; it should not master you. 

I’ve watched people who are stuck to their routine, to the exclusion of everything else; or everyone else.  The problem is, when you live by a routine, that you are also leaving very little room for creativity.  Routines are predictable, and I suppose that makes them safe; but creativity is highly unpredictable, and sporadic.  This is very evident in the creative arts.  Sometimes inspiration hits in the middle of the night, and other times, in the middle of the day.

Creativity requires flexibility in your schedule.  Steven Covey touched on this in his book, “The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People.”   Basically, he talked about having a list of tasks you need to accomplish, and prioritizing the tasks; you do the most urgent first, then the second, and so on.  Don’t procrastinate, but don’t bind them to a specific time either.  Just remind yourself they have to be done, and the sooner the better.  In time, you will begin to see time opening up, to allow for more creative pursuits. 

I realize humans are creatures of habit, and we all have our little obsessions, but sometimes you have to retrain your mind to loosen up, and remind yourself that your time, and creativity are two things you can have total control over.  No one can take that from you; even though it seems they try.

Here’s something you can do.  If you are having trouble coming up with a solution to a problem, try to throw a monkey wrench in your routine. Take a look at those things you do the same each time, and reverse it. (if you are able to)  At times this solves the problem, and other times it doesn’t; but if it may work, isn’t it worth the attempt?

Finding the right exercise routine!!!

March 7, 2011

As I mentioned in the last blog, exercise is one of the two best creativity boosters, so that makes it imperative that you get yourself into a routine as soon as possible.  Of course, if you already have an exercise routine, you’re all set; if not, you may wonder which one is right for you.  The simple answer is, there is not a simple answer.

Any exercise program, as long as you are exercising, is good.  There are thousands of exercise videos, and machines out there, as well as gyms, paths for jogging; no wonder it’s hard for someone just starting to find one.  If the multitude of choices leaves you pulling out your hair, and muttering endlessly, here are three questions that may help you make an informed decision.

“What is my price range?”  This question, especially with the current economic situation, is something you need to consider carefully.  Prices go anywhere from free (and depends on the weather) into the thousands.  A good program should help you lose fat, not your paycheck.  The exerciser I chose was only 200, in easy installments.  It was what I could afford at the time, and it’s done great ever since.  If you are still overwhelmed, there are still two questions to consider.

“How much space do I have?”  This will help to narrow the field quite a bit.  If you live in a mansion, with 20 rooms, you can fit a lot more equipment than someone in a small apartment.  Your only concern in this case is how much room you have to spare.  A bowflex, for example, would never fit in my apartment; well it’ll fit, but we would barely have the room to move around it.  You could always go for a fitness DVD (like “Walk Fit”, or “Sweatin to the Oldies”) or go for a small machine.  Both are usually easy to use, and cheap enough to fit in most peoples’ budgets.  There is still one more question that may just bring you to the right program.

“What area of my body needs the most work?”  This question is very important since it will narrow the decision considerably.  Many of the DVDs, jogging and walking focus on the lower part of the body, than any other part.  Bowflex, while it’s great for the legs, focuses more on the upper body.  The exerciser I have, (The Red max Fitness Professional) focuses more on the mid-section, even though it’s great on other parts of the body. 

When you answer all three of these questions, you can find the best exercise program to meet your specific needs, don’t be afraid to ask for help from a fitness store, They have always been helpful to me.  Don’t worry about getting the wrong one; if it works with the three answers you came up with, it’s the right one.

Enjoy,

Allen