ADAPTING TO THE CHANGES.
Human beings are creatures of habit.
We like things to be consistent, whether we recognise it or not.
When life get's sporadic we feel out of sorts and like nothing is being done to propel us towards our big goal in life.
So imagine something happening that drastically changes the way we go about our daily lives, and imagine this happening for almost a year!
When a routine changes it's hard to adapt, let's just say it.
All these people who "boss it" on social media chat crap, it's not easy to adapt.
I am used to getting up early, When I work with outdoor clients, and when I am based at a gym I am regularly up at 05:00 (sometimes earlier) to set off to work on time. And I genuinely like that. But during lockdown, people schedule appointments for later in the day.
I automate all my social media. So if I don't have an outdoor session I have nothing to wake up for appointment wise.
This means that I am waking up at 6, but not getting out of bed until 07:00.
It's dark outside, unhealthy for your eyes to be bombarded with light from a laptop screen so early, and I don't have to drive anywhere.
I simply don't have to be up so early.
For someone who loves waking up early, and working early this is hard. It took me a long time to realise the above, and to not see myself as lazy, de motivated or any other negative.
Adaptation to change takes time. And a level of understanding.
One of the big things that made me realise this was listening to people I look up to in the industry talk about how their day had changed, how they weren't as busy. Or how the times they were busy had moved.
I then began to realise that working during lockdown is completely different to working through a normal period.
And that work was guaranteed to change from a structure perspective.
I found this struggle too much so I decided to research into this. I can't be the only person to feel like this. And it turns out I am not.
So, what can you do if you do feel like this?
How can you overcome it?
Here are three things that helped me gain an understanding and get over the fact that I just don't have to stick to my old routine:
1: Listen to key figures:
As I have mentioned. We all have that role model, that icon. It could be a coach, a friend, work colleague or someone you admire in the limelight.
Listen to key figures talk about how they have changed and adapted.
They understand that times have changed, they understand and are at ease with the fact their schedule will be different.
2: Try and establish a new routine:
Having a routine is key for feeling like you are still making progress.
In my line of work, the same jobs still need doing. I still need to write training plans, reply to emails, check in with clients and host appointments.
But the times have changed.
I still schedule what I need to do and when I need to do it.
And so what if I'm not wiring these plans at half past 6. They still get done on time.
I writer all my plans in advance anyway so they are always finished when they need to be.
Establishing a routine is key to this and really, in these working days what's an hours difference?
3: Acknowledge how you feel, and write down the problems causing these feelings:
When a problem is in front of us, we can see it. And then it becomes so much more easy to think of a solution.
Have you ever explained a problem to someone and then in your mind thought "oh, that could be a solution".
I bet you have.
Having a problem in front of us is the first step in acknowledging it. Once it is accepted we can move on, we know it exists, we know we don't want it to. So how are we going to fix it?
Write down the problem and then we can focus on the solution.
I hope you have enjoyed this blog.
And, if you do feel like routine has changed. I would love to hear from you, tell me your story.
Simply and send me an email!
Have a great day.