For many people, every day is the same. We get up, shower, walk to work, listen to the same music, eat, come home. Time just passes us by.
As someone in the creative field, I need inspiration and feeling like I’m Bill Murray in groundhog day really stuns that creativity. It’s a major downer.
As we get older, time really does fly. The reason for this is as a child, we don’t know much, we are constantly seeing and experiencing new and wonderful things. As an adult, outside of trips and holidays, we mostly experience the same things every day. Every day feels the same.
Fortunately, there is something you can do to change this. Do something different… surprise! I’m not suggesting quitting your job and building a self-sustaining house in a forest. One of the most shockingly easy things to do is to take a different route somewhere. I think this is huge, and it’s even made me feel fresher when arriving at work after a commute. It will be more difficult for some, but there are ways. Here’s what you can do.
- Be mindful during a commute. It’s easy to get lost in your own thoughts or music so look around more. Notice other people and something I personally love doing is looking up, there are a lot of things I guarantee you pass every day that you haven’t noticed before.
- Take a different route. It can be a minor change like turning down the first street instead of the second street. Taking the long way around as opposed to the regular shortcut.
- Take a different mode of transportation to work each day if possible, mix it up between driving, bus, train or even a bike if it’s not too far.
- If you mostly walk in your commute, slow down. If you’re not in a hurry to get somewhere, then don’t act like you’re in a hurry. Slow down and notice the birds singing.
It’ll allow you to see things differently, it stimulates your mind and makes you conscious. Even a small change can make a huge difference.