On Monday, I had two podcast episodes back to back in my podcast subscription feed that were, ironically, both about the topic of routines. I am a big fan of routines in general, so these were fun to listen to!
They were very different styles and sort of tackled different angles of routines.
1- Best Laid Plans – Routines and More with Ashley Brown
This one was short and sweet, and focused more I think on routines in a broader sense. The guest, Ashley, has a whole business revolving around “Routines & Things” and she sells products like fun notepads, etc. to help people organize their own routines better. I listened to this one on my walk to the gym and enjoyed it! The guest sounded so sweet and I always love listening to people talk about their basic, daily routines. I don’t know why- maybe I am just nosy. LOL! But I love hearing about this stuff. 🙂
2- 5 am Miracle- How Routineology can Transform Your Life with Dr. Angel Iscovich
This one took a little different approach, and I found it pretty interesting! The guest is a doctor who has studied centenarians, and apparently has discovered a big link between longevity and routines. He has a new book coming out on the subject called The Art of Routine– will have to check it out.
He says that two overwhelmingly, the centenarians have two things in common:
1) They all do things (something/anything) very regularly.
2) They all live in very stable environments, physically and socially.
In the episode he talks a lot about how it really doesn’t matter WHAT you do, as long as you do it very regularly. (I guess even “negative” behaviors can count! It’s the “routine” aspect that is key). It does make sense…if you think about it, the natural world is very regular. Seasons, sun up, sun down, circadian rhythms, etc. He says our bodies are literally wired for regularity, stability and rhythm.
I feel like this is definitely true! At least for me, I know I feel best when I have a high amount of regularity in my life. I felt my worst, in many ways, when I had a totally random hospital schedule- days, pm shifts, some weekends, some weekdays…I felt like I could never get in a groove. I think about this a lot. The stability of a Monday-Friday job has been very welcome, to me. (Though there are certainly perks to a varied schedule, too. For me, though, I just feel better with a more consistent schedule and life).
One other thing I found interesting, too, was the idea that when it comes to diet, it might not matter as much WHAT we eat, so long as we eat it very regularly. Some people have great success on vegan, paleo, low carb, intermittent fasting, whatever….and sometimes the diets are literally the polar opposite from another. But yet people can have “success” (health, weight loss, whatever you’re after) on pretty much any of them. So, he argues that maybe it’s the consistency (and our bodies adapting to the specific make up of that diet) that actually is the key factor.
Who knows! But I found the episode thought provoking while I took a shower and did my makeup the other day. 😀 He points out, too, that the same reasons that routine is so beneficial to babies/young children hold true for adults. He gives an example of psychiatric patients that are admitted to a psych hospital, and says the first thing they do to help them is to try to stabilize the patient’s life as much as possible. Schedules, routines, etc. Human nature (actually, all living things, really) just respond so well to this.
Anyway, if you like routines…have a listen to either/both! 🙂
I am grateful for kids that are old enough to stay home alone. What a life game changer this is.
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I listened to Sarah’s podcast but will have to listen to the other one, too! One thing I liked about Sarah’s guest was her mention of gratitude in routines. Like I am lucky to have this house or I am lucky to have 2 kids that necessitate all these routines (and extra work). I’m in a kind of taxing stage of parenting with a tantruming 3yo and a baby that wakes me during the night so it can be easy to get a little grumpy about the work that results from having 2 young kids so it’s good to step back and remind myself how lucky I am that I have these healthy kids that wear me out! Ha!
And I am SUCH a routine person. That’s why we tend to take shorter/long weekend type of trips. It’s nice to go places for a longer period of time but both my husband and I crave getting back to normalcy! I guess we are kind of set in our ways. I find this to especially be the case when it comes to eating. I get sick of eating out very very quickly!