Hello SOTGC community,
Even more than I love a grand adventure is how much I love taking regular adventures.
We are all super familiar with the 9-5 (who’s kidding, it’s often longer than that) and that gives us more reason to capitalize on the 5-9 (which is often shorter than that). As a nonprofit business owner and co-founder of a second infant-stage nonprofit, I can easily stay in the “focused and serious” lane. I have recently talked with other female small-business entrepreneurs about how I feel I’ve become … well, boring—only able to talk about work projects or related topics! Easy to do when I have kept to the grind stone during this season of growing, but it’s not my true self. That’s when I dusted off a favorite past time, invited some friends along, and refreshed my soul.
I’m sure you’ve heard of the concept of microadventures. Made more common by National Geographic’s Adventurer of the year in 2012, Alistair Humphreys, these time-sensitive breaks involve doing something new that matches your current limits but pushes your current comfort zones.
Alistair says, “I am committed to trying to encourage people to get outside, get out of their comfort zone, go somewhere they’ve never been, go on a microadventure. An adventure that is close to home, cheap, simple, short, and yet very effective.” I concur, Alistair! Taking time to microadventure can pay off greatly for you, yours, and your work teams too.
I’ve re-integrated the practice into my schedule and I am starting to see some dividends pay offs.
Major dividends pay off with microadventures:
- Increases your mood and your productivity—Dr. Travis Bradberry writes in How Successful People Work Less and Get More Done that it’s important to try something you haven’t done before or perhaps something you haven’t done in a long time. Successful people schedule microadventures like going to a concert, seeing an outdoor play, making a reservation at the new hotel, or doing something similar. In addition, when you do a microadventure first thing in the morning before the office, you see a significant difference in your initial two to four hours of productivity and focus!
- Improves your workouts—if you typically work out at the gym with a treadmill or a cycle or do interval training, take it outside and rent an actual bicycle, go for a hike, or tackle several city blocks while pausing at the benches for some push-ups. A bestie and I just signed up for a boxing workout with PinkGloves. We couldn’t be more outside our comfort zones, but we are ready! Earlier this year my big bro and I explored a local state park to stretch our long hibernating rock climbing muscles.
- Keeps it fun and keeps you less boring—when you have a hyper-focused personality like mine or deal with deep content at work like me, it can be challenging to be “fun” or you end up reframing your idea of “fun.” Taking time out to do things you haven’t done before or haven’t done in a while can be helpful. The Hubs and I decided to take the Pups for his first canoe on Lake Austin for an evening row and we went with friends to a nearby town for a famous local pie.
- Stellar improvements with team work—taking your whole team for a microadventure can create meaningful interpersonal dialogue, allow for silo’s to be removed, and build motivational vision. Our team this year went to a cattle ranch (we are in Austin) and ended the night with s’mores by the fire.
When you partner this goal with volunteering, the scope opens up even more for the pay-off to your character and your soul. Consider a microadventure to clean up a nearby state park, to watch rescued animals released into the wild, to fix a neighborhood’s green space, or to deliver fresh produce from an urban farm to a needy family. See what I mean?!
There are so many benefits to integrating microadventuring into our schedules ladies!
- What’s going on in your metro area that you want to explore?
- When can you schedule your next microadventure?
- Make a list of one to three people to include now!
I hope to see you out there during the “5-9”!
Photo Credits: Bag, map, etc found on Pinterest posted by hercampus.com