Have you ever had the feeling that your day to day has become a routine?
Have you wished for new opportunities, situations and experiences?
Here is the good news: its in your hands!
Some time ago, I was exactly in that situation. There was absolutely no way to get into changes with everyday tasks simply sucking the time.
Until I decided that had to change.
So I set an appointment with myself during one hour (more on time management in another post), sat at a terrace sipping a coffe and outlined what I needed:
– New experiences: the only way to know about things is to dip your toe (or maybe jump into it!)
– Free or very low cost activities: it was not possible to devote much money to the initiative
– With people: wanted to make it a social project. Hint: this came after thinking “I don’t get so see my friends as often as I would like”…does that ring a bell?
So with this 3 simple and driven ideas, I tunned my radar for opportunities.
And not many days after, I started finding associations, websites, newsletters for my city, quarter and area.
You would be AMAZED about how many people start projects to help people out.
Great, now we have the what and the price (most for free).
Now I needed to engage people…how do I that?
By surprising them.
E-mail, whatsapp, phone, text messages…we live in the era of communication!
So I started contacting people that I knew and wanted to catch up with them, things like:
“Hey, haven’t heard from you in a long time! Are you free this [insert the day the activity happens]. If you are, lets meet at [easy location] at [convenient time]”.
You know what happened?
100% of the time answered saying “But to do what?”
See? The first concern was not availability…but the contents.
“Its a surprise. If you’re free, I’d love you’d follow along”.
And in most cases, people would agree.
Where did I take them?
Well, I took into account what I knew of these people:
– A friend is very much into the social arts, so I took her to a Modern Art Museum. I know NOTHING about modern art. And it happens she knows quite a bit… So I got to not only spend quality time with a friend but also learned a lot about art and how to look at things.
– Another, I took to Barcelona’s Picasso Museum. Neither of us are much into this kind of painting, but it so happened neither had ever been there and we found a really nice coffe place near by and probably enjoyed more the coffee than the actual visit.
What learning do you think I got from this experience?
Don’t sit back and wait for life to happen: take a step forward and do things
So next time you feel like you don’t like a situation:
- make an appointment with yourself
- figure the couple essential things you want
- Start NOW. No day like today!
Lets us know how your projects go by leaving a comment or tweeting @growthhunter