Here’s a question; What have you discovered about yourself this past two weeks?
When I’m working, I much prefer variety, difference, unpredictable situations. I love to think on my feet, adapt to challenges, flex through situations, take the mundane and inject life into it. The thought of doing the same thing, every day, it’s just not for me.
I’ve always struggled working from home, it’s too comfortable, it’s, well, homely. There are too many distractions like the kettle, the garden, my indoor bike. My need for variety drives my curiosity and I just can’t settle. So, I have to go out to a cafe to work, so I can people watch, it’s vibrant, different every time I go out. Then my work rate is brilliant!
However, I now have no choice. I’m at home. Comfort. Predictability. Homely. Recipe for zero work output. But something strange has happened.
My first couple of days at home were a blur, I didn’t do anything. I was in a funk, thought I was sulking about missing out, not being able to do what I do with clients. I couldn’t shake off a feeling of lethargy, I felt lost. Then it hit me.
I’m craving routine. I need structure. Yes, me!
So, on day three, I set my alarm, got up, exercised, grabbed breakfast, wrote a strategy for the next two months, broke it down into weekly and daily tasks, ticked them off mentally as I did them, in between had a coffee, had some lunch and before I knew it, it was 6pm. I’d not stopped and had completed so much.
Who knew!? Me! Routine!
The one thing that I was actively rebelling against, has actually given me fresh purpose during these weird times. I’m still not convinced it’s me, but it’s definitely me at the moment.
The author Hunter S. Thompson once said, “When the going gets weird, the weird turn Pro.”
Maybe that’s me.
I wonder who you are at this moment? Same but different I suspect, if not a little weird.