Are You Stuck In A Routine Rut? March 11, 2019

Loosely speaking and in very general terms there are two types of people in this world; 'Type A' personalities who are work obsessed, achievement oriented, thrive in time efficiency and of course love routine and structure.

Then there are 'Type B' personalities who are more reflective, experience lower levels of anxiety and display a higher level of imagination and creativity - basically more laid back.

It doesn't take a genus to work out that I am almost exclusively Type A and can tick nearly every trait associated with this type. And it is has been extremely beneficial for me in not only my career and business but my health and fitness related goals and everything in-between. My clients generally fall into one of these to types also; the A types I can relate and emphasise with fully, the Type B I can work with in implementing some of my strategies which come very easily to me in helping them to develop and structure and routine which supports their goals. It's a perfect mix.

But having such a personality type doesn't come without it's downfalls...predominantly I don't know when to take a break. I thrive off structure so much that I don't feel the need to escape it with trips away or days off work. And that's great ... until you start to get sick more often, or your work starts to suffer, even worse your relationships or you just lose that passion and drive. Not that I was at that point.. but going 2 and a half years without one holiday, weekend away or so much as a day trip had me very close.

It wasn't until I got away I realised how important it truly is to take a break away from your usual routine no matter how much you love it and how little it seems like a grind. In todays society we are geared towards all leading Type A lives and I am the first person to wave a flag for how important structure and routine is in every day life. But it's true you can have too much of a good thing. And taking a break doesn't make you weak, it makes you stronger.

So if you, like me find it hard to take a break then the chances are you need it even more than you realise, and you may have to have a stern word with yourself to take a break you so desperately need, whether you realise it or not.

There is a reason you never hear people say they regret a holiday and that's because taking a break truly is living, and life is too short not to.