Routines vs. Spontaneity

Routines are tough to establish when traveling, but finding the balance between spontaneity and regular activities will catapult you forward. It’s simple: make time daily or regularly for what you love doing, or need to get done. At the same time, don’t let your passions take away from what can be special moments.


People Running
By Chris Hunkeler under CC BY-SA 2.0

For example: you and a friend are living in Prague, Czech Republic and your friend all of a sudden wants to fly to Berlin, Germany for a few days stay (only about an hour flight). The flight is in the afternoon, but you planned to take a mid day run, as you normally do. While running keeps your brain in tact, wouldn’t experiencing Berlin, another great city, spice life up a bit more?


Sometimes people get stuck inside their own heads, their own plans. Great plans can flourish or disintegrate quickly, but not being flexible can be a weakness for some.


The balance between routine and spontaneous choices is like that of a swinging pendulum. The pendulum is in constant motion, but getting it where you want it to be is paramount.


Take random trips. Go to the vegan restaurant you’ve been thinking about. Make time for what’s more consistently important. Sweat, move your lymphatic system, love and help others. Create a compassionate, healthy, yet spontaneous life.


Kid Jumping
Kid Jumping Day 5 of 50 Project by Austin Kirk


In closing, here are some important words from an idol of Alex’s, Steve Jobs:


“My favorite things in life don’t cost any money. It’s really clear that the most precious resource we all have is time.”


Like Steve eludes to (read six more of his quotes here), the clock is always ticking. Don’t lose sight of your greatest gift ever: life!

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