Routine Makes Me Want to Poke My Eyes Out

“Routine makes me want to poke my eyes out.” That’s what I wrote in a homework assignment from one of my coaches. She had a fill-in-the-blank exercise and one of the lines read:

_____________ makes me want to poke my eyes out.

The first thing that came to mind was routine. Ok, so I hate routine. But hating routine poses a conundrum (what a fun word to say!) for an entrepreneur because routine in a business is called systems. There are things that are necessary to do and systems keep everything functioning smoothly.

A couple of things that come to mind that need to be done regularly are blogs and newsletters. These things are important for so many reasons I won’t even take the space here to list them.

But this got me thinking. What if I could change my attitude about doing these things?

Well…being as I am a tapping expert, could I tap on this? I set about creating a tapping script and started using it every morning. See, for me, I am more inclined to have negative feelings about routine in the morning as I am looking at what I need to accomplish during the day.

This feeling of hating routine would turn itself into procrastination, making it difficult to create my blog article.

Almost immediately I started to feel a change. It was like magic. Instead of procrastinating on my blog article ideas started coming. I actually wrote two articles in one day. That is a miracle!

Here’s the script I wrote. Use it yourself and see what happens. I’m curious as to how it worked for you, so feel free to post your thoughts and experiences in the comments.

Tapping on the points:

I hate routine!

Hate it! Hate it! Hate it!

The definition of routine should be boring.

Routine feels stifling.


I hate the feeling of “have to”.

The rebel in me wants to scream, “You can’t make me!”

I refuse!

I refuse to do a newsletter.

I refuse to do a blog.

If I don’t write a blog article the world isn’t going to fall apart.

Maybe I’ll feel like doing one next week.

Or the week after.

Routine just sucks!

Take a deep breath. Let’s do a positive round.

Tapping on the points:

On the other hand, within a business structure routine is actually systems.

Systems are good.

I like good.

What if I could be open to just a little more routine?

Just a little more structure.

Feeling good about having systems.

Knowing they serve me.

I am open to that possibility.

I am open to a change in attitude.

A change in perspective.

Maybe I am open to having a routine that serves me.

Stranger things have happened!

Maybe this could really work for me.


  1. Deb Coman - February 7, 2015 4:28 pm

    This made me laugh out loud. Good for you to share how you turned a negative into something you could reframe to improve your business.

    • Lynn M Smith - February 17, 2015 9:44 am

      Glad you liked it. I almost hesitated to put it out there. Who talks about poking their eyes out!

  2. Deb S - February 19, 2015 8:19 pm

    Thanks for sharing! Routine is definitely a struggle here – 2 young kiddos, both home schooled by this single, self-employed Mom… Sanity requires at least a little bit of an idea of what we’re doing each day. 🙂

    • Lynn M Smith - February 21, 2015 9:07 am

      Wow! You do have your hands full!


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