Creating routines improves performance because by nature it becomes a habit. Being of a curious nature provides moments of drifting off a routine path. This initially offers excitement and may lead to altering a routine. It may also result in suffering. There’s risk in drifting off routine, yet there is reward with sticking to them.
Routines create commitment.
It may be a cultural routine which often is temporary. However, routines are patterns of behavior that are observable, regular, repetitive and provide structure for daily life.*
Psychology Today presented how people often change in unpredictable ways over time. “Ultimately, of course, we bear the responsibility for who we are. But the way we influence who we are isn’t by simply deciding to be different. We have to be clever. We have to pull levers—arrange positive influences—that actually yield the changes we want.” This may be why a routine is temporary.
Questions to Ask:
- Which internal influence draws out of a work routine?
- Does this routine offer performance strength-building or does it lead to weak responses?
- What is one way to respond to a routine that weakens performance?
Create or arrange positive reinforcers influences in work spaces by surrounding objects, scents, colors or modifying the designed space. To begin a routine toward a desired performance strength schedule time with a performance coach.
*the American Occupational Therapy Association, The American Journal of Occupational Therapy, November/December 2008, Volume 62, No. 6, p674