Going from your 9-5 to your 5-9

It's a well-known fact that we spend most of our lives focusing on work. In a world that often prioritises productivity over creativity, it’s easy to become distracted by the daily grind at the expense of focusing on what’s really important. The truth is that most of us recognise the importance of setting goals for progressing your career, but life is short, so maybe it’s time to start living?

Work to live, don’t live to work

If you have a plan for your 9 to 5, you should make one for your 5 to 9. The hours after you’ve left the office afford you the freedom to pursue your dreams with abandon. It may only be for a few hours, but every day represents a gilt-edged opportunity to do whatever you want to do.

When we talk about adventure, we often visualise people in colourful alpine attire, climbing Mount Kilimanjaro, hiking through Bhutan or trekking across Nepal. But, in reality the essence of adventure is much more simplistic. By stepping out of your comfort zone and doing something different to your normal routine you’re opening yourself up to a whole new world of possibilities. So take your life by the scruff of the neck and embrace adventure on a smaller scale.

Always time for adventure

Adventure, in its many forms, has lots of physical and mental health benefits. These include increased serotonin levels, which help to elevate your mood and regulate your sleep, and improved fitness levels which help with every facet of your life. If you’re feeling stressed, adventure is the best therapy.

Adventure therapy is an actual thing – a form of psychotherapy that focuses on activities involving risk and physical and emotional challenge. We know adventure can have far-reaching positive benefits to our lives, so the question is why don’t we have adventures all the time? The answer for many, is lack of time, but what can you really do in the 4 hours between leaving work and settling in for that solid 8 hours of sleep we spend our days dreaming about?

Quality over quantity

The idea of the microadventure was made popular by British adventurer and author Alistair Humphries. The premise behind it is one of quality over quantity. It’s all about taking the best aspects of adventure: being outdoors, taking yourself out of your comfort zone, and testing your emotional and intellectual skills; and applying these in the form of an activity that can be completed within a short space of time. If you’re feeling a bit peckish, here’s some food for thought:

It takes time to organise a camping trip, but could you camp out in your garden tonight? You know your train line from your daily commute, but have you ever been to the end of the line? And have you ever done the commute on foot? Have you ever picked up a map or brochure from the local tourism centre and made like a tourist in your hometown? You may be a skilled barbecue operator, but have you actually prepped a meal outdoors by picking or catching your food yourself?

It takes roughly two months to summit Mount Everest, but how long does it take to hike your nearest hill or mountain? (It could be more than 3 hours…) Have you ever done it?
If you’re intrigued about any of these ideas, maybe microadventures are for you!

Making sense of time

Although not limited to the hours between 5pm and 9pm, the literal interpretation of 'the 5 to 9' is a 4 hour window of time, between Monday and Friday. As a single unit of time, 4 hours is a significant chunk of your day. Rugby and football matches are decided in less than half of that, and all but the most distant of daily commutes fit neatly within that timespan. That said, time is a very fluid concept, and if you’re not careful it can easily seep through your fingers. The key to making the most of your time is to:

  • set specific, measurable, achievable, realistic, and time-bound goals;
  • plan your path toward achieving them;
  • commit to your goals and back yourself to achieve them.

Plan your goals effectively, you’ll be halfway toward successfully introducing adventure into your life.

Gear that adapts

Another important way to get the most out of your day is to have gear that adapts from the office to the bike or a hike. There are few things as demotivating and time-consuming, as having to change your gear each time you embark on a new activity.

But, what if your typical office outfit could be adapted for your after-work adventures too? Our travel range includes a variety of products that balance a clean, functional look with high-performance features designed to equip you for the bike and the hike.

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