Structure. Discipline. Routine. When redundancy strikes, how does your day look? After a career of any length of time, you become set in your ways. Regular meetings, getting up at certain time. Abusing the free coffee, until it becomes another type of addiction. Probably too much information, but even visits to trap 3 (yes we all have our favourite cubicle….) are regular-ish.
Suddenly this familiarity, this comfort blanket of schedules and alerts 15 minutes before the meetings start is blown away. Gone. Time lies before you, at least until the last episode of that box set is finished. By the way, any recommendations greatly received, especially as I am struggling with GoT withdrawal symptoms.
So what do you do? Sitting in your pants watching Netflix ceases to become socially acceptable after 3-5 days. You need to buy food, as food groups other than cereal are required in order to avoid scurvy or rickets.
My plan was actually quite simple: I bought a white board.
At the centre of this board is my vision. Let’s call it Carl 2.0.
Then I split that into quadrants.
Following that, I add in activity plans that support my personal development in each one of this 4 areas.
The idea is to spend some time on at least one activity per quadrant per day.
At some point, I will break this down, explain some of the stuff I have done. After 3 months of garden leave, I have been reasonably successful in making this into a routine. I am up before 7 more or less every day. I achieve something every day. I am not bored, I have a sense of purpose.
The irony is that I have done very little gardening.