Do you ever feel that you are stuck in the same old routine? That every day seems like a carbon copy of the one before it? Do you feel that you have stopped growing? Sometimes it takes someone pointing it out to you or some serious introspection to notice, but it does happen from time-to-time.
I recently noticed something about myself. I seem to have two modes; stay-at-home-mode and travel-mode. Whenever I stay in one mode for too long I tend to get stuck in a rut. However, it’s the frequent switching between the modes that allows me to grow at my fastest potential.
Think about yourself for a minute… Do you tend to stay in one place most of the time or are you are a road warrior. There is no right or wrong answer; but we typically tend towards one or the other. Perhaps switching between the two modes at some points in our lives.
Now that we know which one we are, stay-at-home or road warrior let’s examine some pros and cons about each mode:
Pros of stay-at-home mode:
- Routine can be positive and lead to higher productivity
- More time to be social and spend time with those that we care about
Cons of stay-at-home mode:
- We can become rigid (stuck in a rut), follow a similar pattern of behavior every day
- Decreased stimulus, so we can get bored easily
Pros of travel mode:
- Become more flexible, little inconveniences don’t bother us as much, because so much of the travel experience is outside of our control
- Tons of new stimulus everywhere, experience hyper-growth almost daily
Cons of travel mode:
- Easy to get homesick and emotionally drained
- Harder to maintain social connections
I am not suggesting that you stay in either mode forever, but spending some time in each mode is crucial for your health, happiness, and growth. If you have been in either mode for too long then consider finding and appropriate time and switching to the other. Even if it’s just a weekend trip that is within driving distance of your home, it can make a big difference in your life. Or perhaps you have been on the road for so long, it is time to take a staycation for a week. Remember it’s the switching it up that’s valuable to helping you gain more flexibility and personal Agility!
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