Changing my rout(ine)
In Week 25 of The Great Wake-Up we were challenged to change our usual daily route - quite a challenge!
This week's challenge was a tricky one given my daily route is about ten steps across the landing to my office, so once again it was time to think laterally. And, once again, Chris has given me just the right challenge at just the right time.
I came into self-employment with a utopian dream of merging my work into my life, making time for my passions and for being kind to myself. And, to a degree, I have succeeded. Most mornings I roll out of bed, pull on my boots and walk three or four miles along the river, after which I park myself at my computer and crack on (business is good...)
But that's not really living the dream.
So this week I decided to mix it up, and I used one of my favourite tools to help me - my diary. (Side note, I have a stationary fetish - pens, notebooks, post-its, I just can't get enough of them, and it plays right into my love of organisation and design.) Hands up, I colour-code my diary, so I can see each week spread over the two A3 page and get an instant look at the mix of activities: dark blue is work, light blue is networking (work...), green is health (walking...) and red and pink are supposedly for creativity and fun respectively. Other than my weekly Wake-Up blog, my diary has been resolutely at the cool end of the colour spectrum for a long time.
Time to inject some heat! Monday I started the day with a big pink block of wake up slow - yep book and tea in bed while I "should" have been working. I also added a tweak to my weekly yoga class - parking in a different place that, although it was further away, meant no tricky crossing of a busy road. Ha, proper change of route and it was lovely to walk past our beautiful cathedral on the way to and from class.
Tuesday I couldn't avoid the blue-wash of a day of phone calls, so I started the day with a walk along a different route down to a hidden green. This did mean doing circuits of the green to get a good walk, but the compensation was no traffic, just birdsong (there is a road all along my river route - not a busy one, but still...) I also pulled out my iPod during my lunch-break for twenty minutes of (pink) dancing like no one was watching - great energiser for the afternoon.
Wednesday I was really proud of myself; I added some red with garden photos (and thought I'd share one) and again managed a change of route by choosing one car park in town for my afternoon appointments and walking to them all from there (big change for me, but one I'm going to adopt!) Then, to cap it all off, I had dinner with a friend (pink, pink, pink cocktails) and didn't get home until 11pm. This is a major routine change that only my self-employment makes possible!
I thought I'd have a lie-in again Thursday, but it turns out the energy of fun lasts overnight, so I actually woke up early and started the day with an extra-long walk and then, as part of my lunch-break, I did some yoga for a change of pace and then, naughtily, gave myself the afternoon off to read and goof off. So today, I'm sitting here looking pack at a proper, full-spectrum, week with more energy than usual for the weekend and all of my work still done (including some creative solutions that mysteriously occurred to me while I was goofing off). What a timely reminder to look up from rut!