Sometimes, the predictability of a routine allows us to manage the unpredictability of our lives.
Even at our workplace, knowing that we have something consistent to follow through can provide comfort, regardless of how our workday might turn out to be afterwards.
Developing a routine might sound dreadful at first, but during a time of great stress, it can help you maintain structure as well as have a sense of organisation and control in your work life.
Here are some other benefits of having a well-thought-out work routine:
Build good habits
Creating a work routine will naturally lead to establishing certain habits. And when this happens, you will unconsciously choose to do them without any second thoughts.
Thus, engaging in a routine makes you feel good because you find it easy to follow its familliar patterns and predict its outcome.
Improve effectiveness and efficiency
When planning your day, you will naturally focus on accomplishing your tasks in a timely manner.
This is because when you follow a routine that really works, you feel confident that the outcome will be the same each time.
By making sure that you have a routine, you can reduce the amount of idle time that you have, thus making you more effective and efficient at work without being affected by negative thoughts and influences.
Establishing a routine at work allows you to be less stressful as you do not need to think about when and how you should accomplish your tasks.
By knowing what to do because you have a routine to pace yourself, you can spend less time on unnecessary decision-making scenarios.
Boost willpower and motivation
When feeling overwhelmed with work, it is easy to lose concentration and willpower to complete the tasks assigned to you.
However, when you already have a routine that you can follow, you will not need to look far to find the motivation as the habits that you have established from your routine will come naturally to you.
As such, a work routine can actually help you feel more in control and become more focused, organised and productive in the workplace.
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First published in the Borneo Post in print on 5th September 2020.
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