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Exploring the Power and Limits of Routine

Podcast | Is routine good for you?

Welcome to episode nr 2 of The Coffee Journeys Show: Is routine good for you? Exploring the Power and Limits of Routine

In this episode, Piotr explores the topic of routines and whether they are good or bad. He shares some true stories to illustrate the power of routine and how our brain operates.

Piotr introduces a synthetically generated voice assistant named Droidella McElectron, who explains the different parts of the human brain, including:

  • The limbic system: responsible for regulating our emotions and memories
  • The prefrontal cortex: responsible for higher-level thinking, such as decision-making, problem-solving, and planning
  • The basal ganglia: involved in the control of movement and coordination.

Piotr concludes that it is important to be aware of this system and develop habits and routines that will serve you because our brain is trying to help us by simplifying, categorizing, and automating as much as possible.


00:01:02 -> Is Routine A Good Thing? ๐Ÿง
00:01:47 -> Plan For Today ๐Ÿ‘‰
00:02:24 -> Climbing Story ๐Ÿง—
00:06:10 -> Theory How Brain Works ๐Ÿ‘ฉโ€๐Ÿซ
00:06:36 -> Meet Driody ๐Ÿค–
00:07:31 -> The Limbic System ๐Ÿง 
00:08:27 -> Prefrontal Cortex ๐Ÿง 
00:09:13 -> The Basal Ganglia ๐Ÿง 
00:10:04 -> Brainy Summary ๐Ÿ“
00:11:09 -> Routine Inventory ๐Ÿงน
00:11:42 -> Lessons Learned ๐ŸŽ“

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Today’s podcast is about the power of routine and whether it is good or bad. While many people write and talk about the benefits of habits and routines, today’s episode takes a slightly different perspective and explores the question of whether routine is always a good thing. In this blog post, I will summarize the key points from the podcast and share some insights on how routine can go wrong if we don’t have safety mechanisms in place.

Natalie’s Story: How Routine Led to Her Fall

The podcast starts with a story about Natalie, a young rock climber who was pursuing her dream of becoming a professional rock climber. She had designed and implemented a perfect routine that helped her to automate her preparation for the competition. However, during her climb, she felt a sharp pain in her shoulder, which only got worse with time. Despite this, she continued to climb until she miscalculated the distance and strength left in her arms and slipped from the wall. Fortunately, she was secured by a rope, but she still suffered injuries that ended her career as a professional climber.

After some time of retrospective analytics, Natalie realized that her routine was good, but it did not include tying her shoelaces before checking and tying the safety ropes. This small oversight was enough for her brain to skip the critical step of ensuring her safety. Her story highlights the importance of having safety mechanisms in place when following a routine.

How the Brain Works

To understand why routine can go wrong, it’s helpful to know a little bit about how the brain works. The brain has three parts: the reptilian brain, the limbic system, and the neocortex. The reptilian brain is responsible for our survival instincts, the limbic system is responsible for our emotions and memories, and the neocortex is responsible for our thinking and decision-making.

The human brain is the most irrational thing in the universe. It can quickly form habits and routines that can be hard to break. In fact, the brain is so good at automating routines that it can even skip critical steps if they are not part of the routine.

Lessons Learned

In conclusion, routine can be a powerful tool for achieving our goals and automating our lives, but it can also go wrong if we don’t have safety mechanisms in place. To avoid the pitfalls of routine, we need to be mindful of our habits and routines and ensure that they include critical steps that ensure our safety and well-being.

As Natalie’s story illustrates, routines can be a double-edged sword. On one hand, routines can help us to achieve our goals and automate our lives. On the other hand, routines can be dangerous if we don’t have safety mechanisms in place. So, the next time you’re thinking about starting a new routine, be sure to consider the potential risks and make sure that your routine includes steps to ensure your safety and well-being.

In summary, routine can be a good thing, but it can also be a bad thing. The key is to be mindful of our habits and routines and ensure that they include critical steps to ensure our safety and well-being.

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