Obsessive Repetition Works For Some, Not Others

“Be obsessive” this post recommends. That’s the key to success, the daily repetition of certain actions. The writer there isn’t the first person to offer that tip, of course; it’s pretty common.

That doesn’t work for everyone, though. Personally, I like a day that allows for a mix of things. There are certainly some elements of the day where I feel twitchy if I’m not able to do them in a particular order (turn on computer, read email, read RSS, open other tabs in a very specific way), but those tend to be deck-clearing activities, the kinds of things I do before I get on with the day’s work.

I don’t deny the power of repetition in determining success. If you want to do something well, do it time and again. Constantly be honing and practicing and executing your craft. What I question is the need to do everything in the same order and in the same was all the time.

I’ll admit, I’m a creature of habit in most of my life. But when it comes to the workday, I prefer an environment that keeps me on my toes a bit, throwing spanners in the works regularly enough to be interesting without becoming annoying and disruptive.

Chris Thilk is a freelance writer and content strategist who lives in the Chicago suburbs.