A Very Insightful Week…

November 20, 2011
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My routine was different this week and knowing that I had a lot to fit in, I started the week feeling a little stressed.  I had three day software testing course in London including an exam that I was going to have to sit on Friday (my usual catch up day).   This meant more travelling every day, revising in the evening as well as doing my daily blog (and there was parents’ evening somewhere in the middle of all that!).

The advice Noel  Walker (founder of OpenLeaf and author of Get the Life you Want) gave me was that when you are faced with something different , you can glean from it valuable insights as to what you would look to do more or less of in the future.  I decided to act upon his suggestion to consider what was different as I was going through the week.  Mid-week  I emailed Noel and said “my week is getting better as it goes”.  His response was that the changes I was experiencing should fall into three camps:

  1. I’ve changed my outlook so I’m not feeling pressured.
  2. I’ve changed my routine, so maybe no great changes are needed…just more variety every now and then.
  3. A number of changes that I now want to continue with because of the dividends being experienced.

So, what has been different this week?

On the way home from the course, I noted down around eight things that were different about the past week.  This week I am going to look to match these things against the three camps above:

  1. I had more time on the train I’ve always liked my train journey as I see this as me-time.  The longer journeys this week gave me time to sleep, meditate, write, catch up on planning, email, read, tweet and blog.
  2. I actually had time to meditate Having nearly an hour on the train each way instead of thirty minutes, I had the opportunity to listen to the meditation track that I love.   I arrived in London feeling rejuvenated every day.  
  3. I was in London! - I love London; it’s my roots/where I was born and where I used to work (in the first 16 years of my career).   My course was in Trafalgar Square where my parents used to take my brother, sister and me when we were little.  I took pictures and reminisced about the times we visited and fed the birds on the occasional Sunday afternoon.
  4. I left the house earlier so got home earlier - The course finished between  4.30 and 5pm and although the journey was nearly two hours door to door, I was able to get home half an hour earlier than normal (even though I had to travel further).  Leaving the house earlier and getting home earlier seemed to work better for me.
  5. I felt more organised in the morning - As I had to leave earlier in the morning, I got more ready the night before including having a shower or bath.  This still left me time in the morning to have breakfast before I left – I usually wait untiI I get to work to do this.  I possibly started my day off better having the breakfast first.
  6. I spent less time on the computerI usually spend between 10 and 14 hours a day on the computer on working days (a mixture of: on the train, at lunchtime, at work and in the evening).  Being on the course meant that I was not hunched up behind a computer all day and was actually able to sit normally listening to the instructor.  This left me with no headache on Friday like I usually get – very interesting!
  7. Learning/sense of achievement - The week seemed more worthwhile and had more purpose, as I had to learn a certain amount to be able to pass the exam.  I also managed to fit in my blogs, attend parents’ evening and anything unimportant had to wait.
  8. I met different peopleI enjoyed listening and learning from others, chatting about the topics and concepts, and discussing problems with the course participants.  

The icing on the cake

I am beginning to accept that there really is a life where I am able to realise my full potential and, be able to do so on an ongoing basis.  This is the bar that I should be aiming for and the one that is going to create the balance I want in all areas of my life as well as get me the incredible life that I want.  Thank you Noel for your advice last week.  All I need to do now is work out what changes to incorporate.

That’s all for this week.  Thank you for popping by and I hope you are having a great day too!

Until next time…

Sandra
Freelance writer
www.sandramadeira.com
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One Response to A Very Insightful Week…

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