breaking routine

“I can’t believe my Membership Concepts and Fundamentals course starts this week.”

“Wow, winter yoga session is over already?”

“Maybe I should sign up for the Change Leadership Certificate from Cornell…”

“Or how about a PR Certificate from U of T?”

“I need to plan a trip somewhere.”

“Why haven’t I listened to a Coffee Break Español  Podcast in so long?”

“I have that ‘Quiet: The power of introverts‘ book by Susan Cain I’ve been meaning to read…”

“WHAT ABOUT THE TRUFFLE MAKING??!!”

Do you ever feel like your list of things to do is getting longer and longer and longer and time just keeps rushing by with you standing still? Sometimes it’s hard to feel like you’re really moving forward as the minutes turn to hours and the hours turn to days. But then you look back and think, “Wow, I’ve come really far the past year.”Boredom is starting to set in lately, so I’ve decided that I need to take up my friend Dave’s advice and try something new. He said that nothing ever changes unless you do something different every day. If you don’t, you get stuck doing the same things: seeing the same people, ordering the same coffee, driving the same road from home to work to home, repeat.  You’re trapping yourself in the norm and not opening yourself up to new opportunities.

My first step doing something new was that I sent out my first coffee request to a local government leader that I found on Ten Thousand Coffees, a networking site that allows young professionals to connect and learn from industry professionals over a “cup of coffee.” The concept is absolutely brilliant! And it’s an opportunity that nobody should let pass them by.

Tomorrow I’m going to start my course work for my Seneca class, and that will be something else that is different from routine.

And writing this blog post is a little bit out of the ordinary, since I haven’t been very diligent at writing these days.

Do you make a point to try something new every day? If so, how much of an impact do you think it has had on you happiness and success?