Stock images selling unrealistic ideals…

Whilst building this blog the thoughts of imagery crossed my mind on numerous occasions. I could have chosen to illustrate New Working with the tanned legs of a lady using her laptop on the beach but it’s not just about that…

Little changes big differences 

Sure there’s something quite idyllic in the idea of working from a tropical beach, but The New Working mentality doesn’t have to involve packing up and leaving town for good. From the day I started working from home (because of C-19) I made a few small changes and I think these really made a big difference to my life.

Wake up and get out! 

With the knowledge that I no longer had a 20-40 minute drive to the office every morning I started to revisit running in this time. 

I had flirted with a pre-work run previously but not had the motivation to stick with it. This work from home opportunity was my excuse to make it work. Over the course of 3 weeks my jogging increased from 1 to 2.3 miles and both my pace and fitness level improved dramatically.

I think it’s safe to say no one needs a photo of me jogging to aid their New Working motivation, and a stock image would just be lying! 

But jogging isn’t working? 

Correct! But the effect it has had upon my work and life balance is working.

I feel energised and even better than clear headed; my heads brimming with ideas! From a personal perspective I’m going to find a way, somehow to keep this new routine running long after life ‘returns to normal’ and my wife feels similar about her new exercise regime too. 

Like a month of New Years Eves…

Banging on about how I’m making these changes and how I feel it’s making my life better reminds me of New Years Eve.

Most of us make resolutions each year and it’s like I’ve had a month of deciding what I’m going to do and actually testing it before choosing to stand by it as a choice. 

At the beginning 

The funny thing is with NYE is we could give something up or start something up at any time, but for it to ‘work’ in our heads it must be at the beginning of a year, or a month or even a week – ‘no-one starts a diet on a Tuesday!’

All we are doing is trying to justify our laziness / lack of motivation and the sooner we get around that, the better. Make your plans and start your resolutions as soon as possible. 

It’s not just about running

I use running as an example covering both a constructive use of free time and being good for your health. 

But your running could be art, music, or any other hobby and that’s before we talk about giving more time to your family. 

Family, you know the people you love at home…

I’m making a huge assumption, but if you are lucky enough to have family of some kind at home, be it a partner or children that there is some love shared there. Your kids might be doing your head in, and your other half might be allergic to housework but there is the possibility of growing that relationship during this time. 

What would you pay for more free time?

Imagine if you had the opportunity to buy an extra hour for lunch from your employer on an ad-hoc basis. How much is that time worth to you – your hourly rate perhaps?

Now take that time which has a value attached to it, and apply the same value to your leisure time – or as we rightly or wrongly call it ‘free time’. With that in mind would you still squander away the seconds stuck to your smartphone surfing social media if you had to pay for it?

The legs are back!

I’ll stop rambling – otherwise one tangent becomes another and I end up a million miles away from my original comment about tanned legs, sat on a beach using a laptop, which is kind of what I intended, I think…

Thanks for reading, if you enjoyed or could relate to this please leave a comment or share with your friends.

Andy

Published by newworkingcouk

A content marketer for a large classic car parts supplier by day, my time on furlough during the C-19 lockdown ignited my creativity to produce my own writing and actually host it somewhere. I’m preprogrammed to look for opportunities, I’m pretty good at finding positives in stuff and I’d like to think my views are at least entertaining, if not useful in some way. Thanks for taking the time to read my blog.

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