When Sarah and I first talked about doing a Best of Both Worlds episode on ruts — this week’s topic — we figured we’d focus on advice for adding new adventures and ambitions to the schedule.
But then we realized there was a semantic angle to this. A “rut” is the negative version of “routine.” And routines themselves can be very good! Going to bed and waking up at similar times most days, or committing to run a certain route before breakfast can all make good choices easier. Sarah mentioned that she has a fairly high tolerance for doing the same things repeatedly.
Then again, if life is feeling stale, maybe the same things need a rethink. So after that semantic discussion, we talk about how to bust both professional and personal ruts, from trying a mini-collaboration to putting in something whimsical.
In the Q&A section, we tackle a question from a listener who has 2 kids and, at age 40, is pondering whether she should have another. Sarah made the very wise observation that when she was pondering having a third child, she only sought out advice from people who had happily grown their families from the “normal” size — because that is the answer she wanted. Since this listener was reaching out to us, well, that suggests the direction she’s leaning.
Please give the episode a listen, and as always, we welcome ratings and reviews.