I had a week off at the end of the summer. I spent the time at home walking, reading, laughing and relaxing. I spent more time with nature than I had in a long time. Walking and sitting and observing nature. No day was the same that week. I felt great that week.
I returned to work and knuckled down and the same with my health. I worked out and went swimming. I was being intellectually and physically challenged. But, I did not feel 100%, the aches and pains came back and discontent was being felt in my daily work.
I thought about the week off. I was doing a lot that week both physically and mentally so that was not the issue. I was being active so why was it that I felt worse? I concluded that the randomness I saw in nature and the variation I did in my time off was why I was happier.
Nature is full of variation and randomness. The average digital worker has a lot of repetition in the same environment. The gym they visit in the evening is the same, repetitive tasks completed as fast as possible.
I am trying to create variation in all that I do from now on. I will no longer spend hours on zoom followed by 90 minutes of repetitive exercise. I will plan my week on a Sunday night and consider what I am going to do but also how and where I do it now. My workday will consist of audio, video and in person when possible. I will move certain calls to walking calls. I work in the home office, at the dining table, in coffee shops and of course in the office, both London and Oxford.
I will no longer only run on a treadmill but swim, walk, row and mediate in a series of mixed and sometimes random orders. It has been working well in the brief week I have tried it and I would recommend you add this to your workflow if you can.
My intention is to try and replicate the variation and mixed intensity of nature. Wish me luck as I try and add texture and variation to my work and personal life.
Hearty handshakes from me to you