Travellers ADHD- are you a sufferer?!
Time to come clean
I’m ready to admit something. This lifestyle design business isn’t all sandy sarongs and sunset mojitos. Depending on how you work it, there is some ‘real life’ in there too. To tell you the truth, the last few weeks I’ve been feeling pretty de-motivated. I gaze into space, twiddling a pencil before latching on to any excuse to meander away from my desk. My task list is growing exponentially, but with precious few ‘done’ ticks. For now at least, I’m losing the battle.
Who’s going to own up too?
I wonder if any other self employed folk ever feel like this? I suspect they do, but when we are in the zone we are too busy to talk about it; when the ‘get up and go’ has run dry, I guess none of us really want to own up. After all, what have we got to moan about? We can do what we like, whenever we want. ‘Motivation problems’ could just look like a euphemism for being bone idle.
Vulnerability in what we do
I worry I will never get ‘it’ back, which seems to be the key element stopping me enjoying this period of enforced relaxation. I’d always taken it for granted that I had no problem staying focused. ‘No, I never feel tempted to watch Jeremy Kyle’, I could honestly reply when asked how I cope with working from home (I would genuinely rather watch paint dry than force feed my impressionable brain with that rubbish!) It now strikes me that there is a vulnerability about being self-employed which you aren’t aware of when you are on a roll. But when the motivation dries up and progress grinds to a standstill, it’s troubling to say the least.
Think I’m on to something
I think I’ve found the answer though. I’ll know for sure in 3 or 4 weeks. The revelation came to me from an unexpected source.
It’s summertime in the northern hemisphere (seasonal references can be sooo northern-centric). Friends are being released from their homes and offices into the wild- they are going on their annual vacation.
What has surprised me is how so many people come back as exhausted as when they went. The whole experience creates a bit too much tension. A few days away is fine, but after the fortnight they report being happy to get back. The travelling was a bit much. They are looking forward to settling back in.
A personal brick wall
So then I started thinking. What if I have just hit my ‘been in the same place for too long’ wall? Maybe I’m also fatigued- of NOT travelling. Whereas the stress of choosing from the 2 for 1 toiletry offers, haggling over holiday insurance, agonising over the most efficient way to arrive at the airport before dawn take their toll on the infrequent traveller, maybe the reverse is true for those of us who yearn for new horizons. Maybe I’ve just got weary of going to the same supermarket week in week out. Seeing the same view from my desk. Going to the same pizza place. For some people these things bring security. For others, after a few months they make our feet start to itch.
Over the horizon – Thailand
So, maybe I have got some sort of environmental ADHD. Or more romantically, gypsy blood in my veins. Or maybe I’ve just been thoroughly spoilt. Whatever the reason, it’s time for a change, if for no other reason than getting me back to work!
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