TLDChat and The Importance of Routine

September 04, 2017

It’s undeniable. Routine leads to Success.

There was when I was an undergrad finishing up my stint in English Lit. That senior year of college was a rollercoaster of temptation. New friends, parties, concerts – it felt like an impossible task to complete four semesters. But I committed to parking my rear in the library every day for at least 2 – 3 hours to study. That routine helped me achieve my academic goals.

Then there was the post-college alt-rock band I was in. I made the decision to move in with my bandmates and practice at least three nights a week in our shared living space. It’s much harder than it sounds (no pun intended). But after a few months, we were one of the best bands in town.

And more recently, the physical, mental, and spiritual rigors to lose weight and get in shape. The least path of resistance is to simply build a routine of eating very simple, healthy meals and scheduling in exercise, no matter what.  It’s nearly impossible otherwise. Gone are the days of eating my toddler’s leftover mac and cheese while I’m chasing him around after dinner. Instead, every night is a healthy serving of vegetables, some quality protein, and a walk to the nearby park to keep our bodies active and ready for a good night’s rest. I’ve turned it into a routine and I’ve reaped the rewards.

TLDChat was a similar endeavor, but somewhat accidental. The routine was meant to help our team get better at understanding the industry, working with livestreamed media, and to generate focus in our efforts to build the Training, Learning, and Development Community. We had no idea that the “grind” of doing this would be so significant, nor did we know that after adjusting to it, the rewards have made every moment worth it.

So this is my point: You want to get better at what you do? Make it a routine. Do it every day.

I’m not talking about just going to work and knocking out your to-do lists. I’m talking about your personal professional development and building your network. I’m talking about understanding the industry you’re a part of and progression in skills to match your personal evolution. I’m talking about maximizing your potential doing a job you love to do. That’s what TLDChat is doing for me, and I suspect, it can do for you.

Don’t just take my word for it.  Give it a try. Drop in to TLDChat for three days in a row. See if it has an effect on your focus, or if it provides you any momentum to get better at what you do. Be open to the experience, participate in chat, ask questions, reach out to others. Better yet, take the conversation out of TLDChat and continue it online in social media. Just know that the Training, Learning, and Development Community is there for you, to help you, help the industry, help the world, get better.


By Luis Malbas

Founder, Wrangler, Floating Tool Bar of all things TLDC.

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    I’ve loved the chats I’ve been able to attend. (Unfortunately, they fall largely within my commute time.) But I agree — just getting the practice started is a win. Going to come up with a trigger to remind myself to get to work earlier so I can participate more!


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