Getting back to work

The transition from rest to work can be a difficult one

Post Soundtrack: Anthropocene — Loscil

I’ve been traveling recently, and it’s been incredibly relaxing. But after returning home, it’s had a toll on my productivity.

I arrived in my home town this Sunday inspired and cheery after driving the beautiful green roads from Kamloops to Kelowna. I had a great weekend seeing extended family, hiking, and even getting some late night work accomplished.

The Problem

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But I didn’t fall back into a healthy work rhythm. Provincial wildfires have created a haze of smoke around my hometown since Sunday, setting my allergies on fire. I’ve been oversleeping, not scheduling my work, and experiencing extreme frustration over lost time and energy.

I could easily chalk this up to the present circumstances and move on with my life. However I promised myself a while ago that I have to take responsibility for anything I have a hand in. It’s the only way to improve.

To reduce future lost time, I’m going to analyze what part my behaviour has had in the lack of achievements of this week.

No Plan

My natural state is apathy, and inaction.

I went into this week with nothing on the calendar. Sometimes this is excusable, but knowing my weaknesses, it’s a recipe for failure.

Having ambitious goals isn’t enough. Without a concrete plan, dreams remain dormant. I hope that as my journey continues, my flaws will fade, but for now iCal and Future Authoring must remain a priority.

Busyness

Busyness is always self-induced.

Despite the last two days being unproductive, I filled them to the brim with activity. I listened to a couple podcasts, fit in a great deal of gaming, and binge watched a newly discovered Youtube channel. You get the picture.

Chronic busyness pervades not only work, but the precious time that should be spent in rest. It’s a modern myth that we need entertainment to relax. Naps, short walks, meditation, or some time spent being grateful are for, what I should have done some more of. What would have been replenishing became forgotten in my weak moment.

Unproductive environment

I recently rebuilt my PC, and am in the midst of transferring all of my daily work from a Macbook Air to a Windows Desktop. I’m missing key programs, and that small startup cost was enough to make it difficult for a tired/sick me to get into work.

Last week, I also managed to rush past my ritual of cleaning up loose paper notes and reminders. Between that and some physical messes in my house, I ended up wasting far too much time unpacking, cleaning, and sorting through my thoughts and belongings.

A third lesson for the future is that when I am weak, what I surround and immerse myself matters more than ever. Just another reason to be deliberate about what I leave in sight, and what I make a priority to setup and organize.

Conclusion

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So, what to do going forward?

  • Always have a plan. Whenever I know I’m going to be out of my normal environment, it might be wise to fill up my calendar a few days ahead.
  • Schedule time for nothing. A half-hour walk or some time with electronics shut off is enough to get a sense of what truly matters.
  • Prioritize a goal-friendly environment. A lack of physical disorder and mental clutter are the first steps to being clear about the future.

This is the first of hopefully many reflections I’d like to undertake to straighten out my thinking and plan for the future. I think there’s some value here for anyone who’s seeking to do the same.

Cheers, 🍺

J.D. Lindsay | me@jdlindsay.com

Any of this resonate with you? Let me know your thoughts. 😄

Originally published at jdlindsay.bold.io on July 12, 2017.

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