How to find time for adventure
“If happiness is the goal – and it should be, then adventures should be top priority.”
'I'd love to but I don't have time' issue. This post in the series all about helping you to make your adventure dreams a reality will look at ways that you can make time in your life for adventure.
How many times have your heard someone, maybe even yourself, say ‘I’d love to do that but I haven’t got time’? What they actually mean is that they like the idea of doing it but are not prepared to compromise time spent on other areas of their life to do it. Or are not prepared to face the discomfort or possible failure of actually taking on a challenge. Finding the time to train for and undertake a challenge is a state of mind. Just as with funding an adventure, only you can decide if a particular challenge is worth the investment of your time. Once you make the conscious decision to go for it you will discover that prioritising how you spend your time becomes much easier. To follow are some tried and tested tips for fitting adventure into even the most hectic lives.
Start small - Adventures don’t have to take up a lot of time. On the next pages are some awesome adventures that you can fit into a weekend or a week off work. If you are unsure about taking on a longer adventure, a smaller one is an excellent way to start.
You can only do what you can do - Be realistic about how much time you can dedicate to training and focus on being the best that you can be with the time that you have. It might not get you a world record but it could get you a personal best.
Involve your friends and family - Doing some training sessions with your friends and family means that you can spend time together as well as training.
Turn your commute into training - Can you run, walk or cycle to work? That’s 10 training sessions per week ticked off.
Make your lunch break count - Instead of sitting in the canteen, use your lunch break do to a strength or interval workout. You will have completed a training session and be more energised for the afternoon.
Break down the organisation - Swop watching one TV program for an hour of research or planning each evening.
Be organised - Mark time for your training and preparation tasks in your diary. That way you are mentally committed to doing them and they are less likely to be put on hold for other things. Staying focussed on the most important elements of your training and planning will prevent you from feeling overwhelmed. Each week complete the boxes below with the key things that you need to achieve in each each category for that week. Then add each task to your diary for the week. Don't forget to tick things off as you complete them and revel in your achievements.
It is easy to think that adventures have to be a huge long undertaking to be worthwhile. But this is not the case, it is possible to find genuine adventure on your doorstep. Mini-adventures, those that fit into a day or a weekend, can be just as engaging and challenging as longer exploits while being much less costly and logistically demanding. They are also a great way to build skills and experience if your end goal is to take on a longer trip. So embrace the joy of a mini adventure!
10 adventures that fit into a weekend
1) Sleep in a tree house
2) Swim in a hot spring in Iceland
3) Hike the Lyke Wake walk
4) Go milky-way spotting while sleeping out under the stars
5) Take on the Three Peaks Challenge (climbing Snowdon, Scafell Pike and Ben Nevis)
6) Sleep on an uninhabited island
7) Run round the Isle of Wight
8) Kayak the length of Lake Windermere
9) Snorkel with basking sharks
10) Run the CCC, little brother of the Ultra Trail du Mont Blanc
10 amazing adventures that fit into a week
1) Climb the Matterhorn
2) Hike across a glacier in Iceland
3) Hike Half Dome in Yosemite National Park
4) Ski tour the Silveretta Route
5) Kayak with whales
6) Motorcycle the Cote d’Azure
7) Surf in Maui
8) Take part in a dive survey
9) Climb a volcano
10) Watch polar bears in Svalbard
Thanks for reading. I hope you are more confident about finding time in your life for adventure.
This is part of a new series of blog posts that I am trying out for 2018. They are all about sharing our expedition and adventure planning experience to help you achieve your own goals and dreams. The aim isn't just to talk advice but to give you tools that you can actually use to make success happen. I would really love to hear how you are making use of it, what adventures you are planning and what you would like to learn more about. If you have found this helpful, please click on the share button below and spread the joy of adventuring :)
For lots more information on making your adventure dreams a reality, check out Katherine's book How to have an Adventure.