Time to Reflect

Week 5 of 'The Great Wake Up!'

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Week five of 'The Great Wake Up!' is one of reflection. Over the past four weeks, each experiment has had me trying something different. Some of those things I have found easier than others but all of them have taught me something new. One of its biggest successes has been in getting me out of my usual routine - helping me shake things up a bit and explore new ways of doing things.

Commuting daily to my office job means that my days are fairly routine and will each follow a similar pattern. I wake up at the same time, get ready for work, get on the coach, walk to the office etc etc. I'm sure you get the picture. These things are so ingrained that I could do them with my eyes shut. I don't even have to think about it. Even when I look at the detail behind these activities more closely, similar patterns of habits and routines still exist. Each day I will have the same thing for breakfast, sit on the same seat on my way to work and walk the same route to the office.

Taking part in these experiments has forced me to relook at what I do and the way I do them, and in turn, become more aware. That is what I am finding so valuable in what I have done so far. Telling people what I love about them, spending ten minutes outdoors each morning, eating food prepared from scratch and switching off all my digital notifications are all things that I wouldn't normally do. Some of them have even pushed at the edges of my comfort zone. But I have found that each time I have tried something new or a different way of doing things, it has taught me something new about myself and as a result I have grown and developed in some way.

Some of the experiments have also been helping me build better connections which is really important to me. By telling others what I love about them I have started to connect better with others. When I spent ten minutes outside each morning I felt a much deeper connection with the world around me. And by switching off my digital notifications I was able to give myself more time to connect with those things that bring me joy - things like reading and writing,

I have really enjoyed the first four weeks of 'The Great Wake Up!' and am looking forward to the rest of the experiments and seeing what each of them brings.


I started off as a Great Wake Up! blogger but that wonderful project has sadly come to an end so now I am writing about being an introvert. I, like many other introverts, can feel lost as more and more value is placed on the number of connections we make rather than their quality. I often find myself in situations where I don't fit in and where louder people get a greater share of the focus. I am regularly seen as 'the quiet one' as if somehow that is a bad thing, when in fact, I think it's a pretty good thing. This blog is about my journey to find out more about the introvert personality and embrace my quiet side.


Go to the profile of Annette Hogan
almost 6 years ago
Preeti I really enjoyed your blog and can relate to so much of it, especially eating the same thing for breakfast each morning! I am questioning why I do this? Tomorrow I am going to drive to work following a different route, not park in the same space as I always do and see if I can change my routine Time to shake things up a bit 😊
Go to the profile of Chris Baréz-Brown
almost 6 years ago
loving the way you are engaging with these experiments. and chuffed that you are getting some benefit for it. looking forward to see what happens next. cx
Go to the profile of Sam Bragg
almost 6 years ago
Yes interesting that we all do seem to have this routine that we follow daily. I always fancy turning my day topsy turvy and doing the opposite of the "norm", or doing things in reverse order, but its easier said than done. Autopilott takes over. Amazing what getting re-engaged with the small things in life can do to improve our feeling of worth and great to hear you are managing to enjoy some of these things. Bring on week 6.