Whilst the main focus of my blog is centered around making changes to your working situation to better improve your home life, there will certainly be a decent amount of attention paid to positivity and getting in the right headspace, especially during times of uncertainty.
In a day that is seemingly never ending
Regardless of your employment situation, and indeed financial status I believe this post could help you if you can relate to ‘bored of being bored.’ There is, as you have probably found out only so much TV you can consume, and whilst I’m not a gamer, the novelty of shooting people (virtually I hope) or racing cars must only last so long in a day that is seemingly never ending.
A Squash and a Squeeze
To draw a lesson from this great children’s book (by the writer of the Gruffalo) if your house is feeling too small, then fill it up so there is no more room – then take it all out again and hey presto, it then feels big! So with that as a metaphor, grab paper and pen and make note of all the bad stuff including what you are bored of.
With your list of all the bad stuff written it is time to gather together all the positive. If you have overdosed on TV, then at least you have a TV. It would appear you have internet as you are reading this blog. I trust you are in reasonable health, have a roof above your head and something to eat if you feel hungry.
I’ve listened to a fair number of entrepreneurial podcasts over the years and this is a tactic employed by many successful business people. Take a few moments each day to be thankful for what you have. It’s very easy to become blind to the opportunities and the luxuries that are sat within a few feet of you. With your table of positives and negatives maybe things start to look a little bit better?
Still sick and tired of the sight of your sofa? Maybe some reading could help? I thoroughly recommend the Terry Waite autobiography. For those old enough to remember, he needs no introduction. If you are in your twenties or teens, then he was a humanitarian who flew to Lebanon whilst working for the church to negotiate the release of four hostages. He himself was taken captive and he spent four years in darkened rooms, chained to a radiator and having to ask every time he needed the toilet. Suddenly Netflix and a Pot Noodle for breakfast sounds appealing.
There’s something glorious about reading a book. You can do it anywhere, but subconsciously it challenges your mind to paint pictures of characters and scenes that would other wise be spoon fed to you by the gogglebox. Unlike a box set, you can ‘watch’ as much or as little as you like and your mind will continue to discuss the story with itself long after you have pressed standby. Please do look this book up, and once you have read this, read Papillon by Henri Charriere. This is arguably the best book I’ve ever read, and as it happens also true to life and very focused around being held captive.
Learning something new.
Still not convinced that there is anything you could do to help entertain yourself? Can you use this opportunity to learn something new? A language is a popular choice, but the main motivator for that is if you have a holiday to then use it on. Lockdown and tighter finances have probably pressed pause on that dream for now. But instead how about learning to sign? I’ve never done it, but I’m tempted to give it a go.
According to Google there are 11 million people who are deaf or hard of hearing in the U.K. Not only would your efforts top up the 151,000 BSL users but it could become a real asset to your skill set should you come to change jobs.
Regardless of your location, and providing you’re in a position of good health to do so, getting outside to explore is a great way to clear your head and reset. Even if you are just walking, take roads you have never been down. Find houses you’d love to live in and green spaces you never knew existed. Have a look at your neighbourhood on satellite view and go investigate – maybe it could spark some interest in local history?
Talking of history…
A few months back, before the world locked down I joined Ancestry on a fourteen day free trial. Their phone app was pretty easy to use and whilst I had to input my card details it would not tick over to a full membership (about a tenner a month) until after the trial period, giving me ample opportunity to cancel and get the taste of it for free. I found relatives going back to the 16th Century, and even a photograph of a a great great great grandfather with a clear family resemblance.
It’s your life, live it
Regardless of the situation I often question this… If the guy in black knocks on my door tomorrow would I be happy with what I have achieved? A little morbid, but imagine what a dead relative would do given the opportunity of another week on planet Earth. Who would they phone? Make those calls for them? What would they read or listen too? Grab that book and turn on those tunes…
I’ll stop waffling now, but hope I could have ignited just a tiny spark in your lockdown darkness.