Process Optimization vs. New Experiences

Do you ever feel stuck in your routine? Well, personally I love my routines. From exercise, to eating, to finding new stock picks: I have processes and routines for almost everything. It’s how I get a prodigious amount of shit done (if I do say so myself).

And don’t get me wrong, at heart I’m a spontaneous guy. I like to have fun. But I’m also conscientious of our limited time on this earth, so I want to maximize productivity and output. For some reason that feels satisfying.

Unfortunately, this means that sometimes when I’m confronted with new experiences, I can tend to recoil. Instead of focusing on the fun and the potential upside, I compare the activity to my routine or worry about how much less effective a new endeavour is than my tried and true practices. It’s like I’m painfully aware of potential opportunity costs.

But here’s the kicker: although I can be a bit reluctant at first, I almost always enjoy new experiences. I like eating new foods, meeting new people and exploring unique cities around the world. Add a couple good friends to the mix, and it’s almost impossible not to have a good time.

Weird, right? Do you ever experience anything similar?

If so, one blog that I’ve been enjoying lately and which you might too, is called Sick of Daily Routine.

As you might have guessed by the title, this blog is exactly what it sounds like. The author does a fantastic job sharing his life experiences and adventures. So if you’re looking for inspiration, you may want to check it out.

Without shaking things up every once in awhile, routines grow stale, output suffers, and life becomes a monotonous game of merry-go-round. Know what I mean?

Sometimes you just need to break the mold! Stop split-testing and start fresh. You know what I mean?

So next time you’re presented with a new opportunity or experience, why not take a shot? As Miss Frizzle used to say: take chances, get messy, make mistakes! (more on that in the next post)