When habits block new experiences, creativity and curiosity

It’s the start of another work week and what lies ahead may seem unknown.

Yet, is it?

Somehow, we seem to follow a similar programme, day in day out, week in week out. Same train, same route to work, same stop at the coffee shop on the way.

I’m lucky enough not to commute regularly into the office, but even the irregular journeys have me dive into a certain habit. I aim for the same train and I even stand at the same place on the platform because it’s proven to get me on to the carriage with the most free seats.

Somehow, even these small habits seem to give me peace of mind, where I don’t have to think too much about the journey. Just getting through the morning on auto-pilot.

All my timings for the day end up being the same and I generally go to one of a few places for lunch, so once again I don’t have to think about it too much and I’m not disappointed by the outcome.

On reflection then, a lot of time during a working week, is fairly predictable and habit driven, whether we are conscious of it or not.

We’re also very liable to form habits in how we deal with people around us. We may have decided that it’s best to ignore others on our journey and stay locked in our own world. After all, it keeps things safe and manageable, with minimal risk of uncomfortable encounters.

In work or life relationships, our automatic pilot still runs the show.

In this podcast, we discuss the habits we break and create at this time of year and what it might mean for our success at home and work.