You may think routines are a tremendous bore.

This idea is doing you a huge disservice. You hear routines and you envision a life that is the same Ground Hog Day over and over. It's important to know that productivity soars and you can knock out goals that much faster with a good routine in place. They can help teams and groups as well. When the directions are clear, they make projects run smoother.

Rules run through our society.

In some ways, you can consider laws routines. You know you don't run red lights, so you make it a routine to slow down to a stop when you see a yellow light. There may be instances when you accidentally slip through one here or there. But most people stop for red lights.

The chores need done.

You know certain tasks need to get done each week. You could connect the child's allowances to their chores. Then, when the kids complete their tasks, they receive their allowance. This strengthens their work ethic. Building this into a routine each week helps them to accomplish their tasks and builds good habits for the future.

Pay the bills.

You may be someone who likes to get everything sorted on one day and pay all the bills at once. Alternatively, you can choose to pay them sporadically whenever you receive them. Or you could set up your payments to be paid automatically by your bank. There's no right answer for how you choose to do this. Whatever works for you is the right answer.

Contrast this to people who don’t use routines.

They handle tasks only when the mood strikes them. These people are usually late with their bills and have messy cars and homes. Some folks will say that this way of life works for them. However, most people see this as chaos. Setting up routines for the tasks you need to complete can easily avoid this outcome.

Obviously, people are not robots and break the rules occasionally.

There are even studies that show that breaking from your routines once in a while can be beneficial. You may use weekends to do activities you don’t get to do during the week. Some families use vacations to help break up their routines. Overall, having a routine can set you up for success and a delightful break once in a while can bring in a nice breath of fresh air to break up any monotony that may creep in.

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