You have nailed down your routines to the point where you are almost on autopilot. Each day at work, you create your to-do list and work hard at getting each item checked off. You carry over the items that you didn’t finish, but lately, there are less of those because you are better at estimating your time.

However, when you do a check on your goals, you discover you are coming up short. You can’t figure out why as you are working diligently towards your goals. There can be several problems, but the underlying problem is you aren’t focusing on the right routines or tasks.

Here are four tips to get your routines working for you again:

1. Try Something New

When was the last time you switched up your routines? If it has been a while, then it is probably time to try something new. Just like your body gets used to a workout routine after a while, your mind can get used to routines as well.

If you feel bogged down by your current routines, mix things up and try something new. This will help jumpstart your brain and help you see things from a different perspective. Trying new things can also lead to new opportunities that you never would have thought of before.

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2. Take a Break

Sometimes all you need is some time away from your routines. This can be a mental or physical break. If you are feeling stuck, take a walk or even a nap. Sometimes all it takes is some fresh air and a change of scenery to jumpstart your routines again.

If you have been working on the same project for a while, take a break and work on something else for a bit. You can come back to the project with fresh eyes and new ideas.

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3. Analyze What’s Not Working

If you have tried everything and nothing seems to be working, then it is time to sit down and analyze what is not working with your routines. Are you trying to do too much at once? Is there something that you are doing that is taking up too much time?

By identifying the problem areas, you can start to make changes to your routines. Sometimes all it takes is a small change to make a big difference.

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4. Make a Plan

If your routines are not working, then you need to sit down and make a plan. What goals do you want to achieve? What steps do you need to take to get there? By making a plan, you can start to put together new routines that will help you achieve your goals.

Without a plan, it is easy to get lost in the shuffle and end up not accomplishing anything. But with a plan, you can focus on the important tasks and get things done.


If your routines are not working, don’t despair. There are things that you can do to get back on track. Try something new, take a break, analyze what’s not working, and make a plan. By making some small changes, you can jumpstart your routines and start achieving your goals.

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