Why are routines so important?

You have a very important meeting to attend. You wake up half an hour later after the alarm has buzzed. You are struggling to put together 5 minutes to eat your breakfast, you pick up your smart outfit only to realise that it is all crumpled under the pile of clothes.You wear your least favourite outfit that you know makes you look dumb but you have no choice as thats the only one which is ironed. You rush through the stairs and sit in the cab gasping for breath only to realise you have left a very important file back home. You run back home, grab the file and finally start your journey. By now you are exhausted and have ruined your not so favourite outfit too with the sweat puddles. Do I need to say about the meeting outcome. Dim chances that it will go well.

What should have ideally happened that morning – lets play that in our mind. You get up as soon as the alarm goes off. You complete your morning routine, peacefully eat your breakfast, get up to get ready, wear an outfit that you have already set aside the night before. You have chosen your best outfit that makes you look smart. Your office bag is already set aside the night before with all the important paper work you need to carry for the meeting. You leave your house feeling very confident at the start of the day, get into the cab and start visualising about how you want to navigate through the meeting. Strong chances that you will rock the meeting.

Well if these events seem impossible to occur, just a small change can make this huge difference. Setting routines, planning your activities in advance- in this case the night before will make a huge difference. The neuroscience perspective is that Рyour brain spends a lot of energy in making small decision Рwhat to make for breakfast, which clothes should I wear today, should I look for the file in the living room or closet. This creates fatigue and a feeling of tiredness. However with routines your brain  is habituated with the activities and spends no extra energy. Everything is pre decided hence no is energy spent on making small decisions which create energy lag.

Make routines your routine and see the amount of energy you save.