Time to Reflect
Week 5 of 'The Great Wake Up!'
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.