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It was Albert Einstein who defined insanity as the act of doing the same thing over and over, but expecting different results.

He may have been on to something.

Too often, we live our lives as though we’re auditioning for the next installment of Groundhog Day, never breaking from our routines, constantly perfecting our habits.

Imagine you lived one completely routine day. From dusk to dawn, every minute sublime. You wake up the next morning and go through every motion just the same, living out another seamless 24 hours, and again, the day after that.

At some point, wouldn’t that drive you insane?

It’s reminiscent of a biography about the late singer Dean Martin, who was described as having all the ambition of a summer breeze. Plus, as unfulfilling as that sounds, it only works if you have a large bank account.

Only robots should go through an existence where one workday is the same as the next. There’s more to life than conformity.

The bromide if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it is essentially just a call to conformity. This tells us to stick to the blueprint, color in the lines, follow the footsteps of those before you and tread lightly. Screw that.

Why live at all if only to repeat each day?

From this perspective, your routine could be your enemy, sucking your precious time in exchange for only enough money to be current in life. If that.

Now, there’s nothing wrong with routines per se, as long as they serve as a daily guideline and not a daily dictator.

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This is why many dream of the Dot Com lifestyle. However, dreaming is not enough. It takes hard yards to achieve it, but they’re your hard yards. You make the plan, you commit to it, and you do it.

And in the process, you set your own routine.

The goal is to set your daily tasks to a minimum time frame, giving you plenty of room for spontaneity in each and every day.

Reclaim your time. Take advantage of life. Enjoy the moments, both large and small.

It all starts with a change in your routine. Carve out a bit of time each day to take back your life. That little adjustment can yield big rewards.

And then, who knows what each day will bring? There’s a world of surprises out there, and you’ll have earned yourself the time to enjoy them.

Then, the only insanity involved will happen on your terms, which is a refreshing thought.

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