Editor in Chief: Moh. Reza Huwaida Tuesday, June 27th, 2017

Improving our Ways of Living

With the rise of specialization and professionalism, human beings excelled in the formation of institutions and offices. They started sparing more time to these institutions and organizations and also started following certain rules and procedures the required them to do certain tasks repeatedly. Being part of a particular organization, or a certain department in the organization, or being a member of a particular team in an industry and involved in a set of well-defined tasks, human beings started valuing routine to a great extent. Today, it is difficult to think of our lives without routine. Nevertheless, it is significant to realize that though routine has given us certain blessings, it has also made our lives and existence more mechanical and our sentiments and feelings more artificial.
Repetitions in a certain task generate mastery in that task and even guarantee consistency and uncertainty. Today, large industries would not be able to manufacture their goods, if the workers standing in the assembly line do not perform their routine tasks. Same can be said about the activities, tasks and objectives within a public office. There will be severe difficulties in achieving anything worthwhile in the offices, if the staff are not regularly present and do not pursue their routines.
Having accepted the blessings of routine, one cannot neglect its negative impacts on human mind, human behavior and creativity. Experiences have shown that human mind remains active when faced with different sorts of challenges. It can be thrilled to do a new task but if it keeps on repeating the same, it gets sluggish and dull. It then adjusts itself within the whole mechanism and stops thinking out of the box, thus hindering the ways to new achievements and creative initiatives. Moreover, routine has a sort of adverse impacts on human temperament and behavior as it results in frustration and dissatisfaction.  
The frustration that erupts because of routine displays itself through various means; the example can be easily observed in daily life. People working in offices often have skirmishes with each other on pity matters. Teachers, because of very small mistakes, punish the students and even beat them. Traffic police, who has been working for years on the same square, have zero tolerance for any disobedience. There are many such instances which clearly depict that frustration from routine results in skirmishes and even serious fights.
It is necessary to manage routine in an appropriate manner. Ways should be identified and pursued that may result in lightening the load of the daily tasks. If it is not possible to change the routine, there are certain other techniques that can assist in making routine acceptable to a certain extent. Daily exercise can be very much helpful in this regard. Exercise before the work, mostly early in the morning, can help in keeping good health and at the same time good mind. Apart from that weekly or monthly outings and picnics or even celebrations of different kinds can support people in refreshing their minds. These will also help in maintaining a balance between work and fun, which is very much necessary for all human beings. Exposure visits or trips to other cities and countries annually and biannually can also be very much supportive in this regard.
The techniques to fight routines are not only helpful for the individuals but they can be very much supportive for the management of different organizations as well. Today’s modern techniques of management would require taking care of the human factors in work environment as well. They want to make sure that their workers are provided some sorts of activities that can help them in escaping the ghost of routine and monotony as it would ultimately result in less production and output. Therefore, they have different sorts of field trips and training facilities to keep on increasing their capacities and changing their perceptions and understandings. Management of the organizations can also bring about changes in the daily work environment, like changing the seating arrangement and decorations, in different ways so as to avoid monotony.
Although the routines can be very tiresome, they can be very much helpful in achieving an intended objective. Sometimes the goals are really very difficult to achieve; therefore, persistent efforts would be required to achieve them. A good example can be considered in this regard; water is considered to be very soft as compared to rock and it is very difficult to think that water would ever break the stone or make a hole in it. Nonetheless, it can be observed that with consistency, water can break the stone or make a hole in it. Same is the case with human cause or purpose; if there is a great cause and that is very much fruitful for the society as a whole, it is worth a routine.
In short, we as human beings need entertainment and refreshment as well in addition to a monotonous routine. We have to understand this basic fact that we are not machines but human beings with a sensitive heart and a hard working mind.