Tips to Help You Balance Work With Outdoor Adventure
Balancing a 9 to 5 desk job with a love of the outdoors isn’t always easy, but it can definitely be done.
It’s totally possible to live a life full of adventure while crushing your career goals, you just have to get a little creative (and adjust your expectations accordingly). With that in mind, here are 5 simple tips that you can use to get outside more this year.
1. Log some time on the trails before the workday
You know what they say — the early bird gets the worm. In this case, “the worm” is some quality time outside before you have to head into the office. You could do a sunrise trail run, find some untouched powder in the backcountry, or anything else that’s accessible and close to home.
Getting up earlier than you truly need to might sound like a drag, but we’re confident the benefits outweigh the downsides. You’ll beat the crowds and have a pretty awesome story to share during the morning meeting.
2. Embrace the idea of microadventures
Not every adventure has to be a grand one, and there’s where microadventures come into play. You could do a quick car camping trip close to home on a weekday, create your own race or obstacle course near home, cross country ski around your neighborhood, or anything else you can dream up. Microadventures aren’t meant to be complicated!
British author Alastair Humphreys first brought the idea of microadventures to the world, and his website is full of inspiration. If you’re having trouble dreaming up microadventures, be sure to check out his work and remember these words: “Adventure is a state of mind.”
3. Hold more meetings outside
Finding new ways to get outside during the workday is a great option for those days when you don’t have time for much else. If a meeting won’t require any special equipment, why not take it outside?
Switching up the scenery of your workday is a great way to tap into creativity, too. You may even find that people on your team brainstorm more freely once they’re in an unfamiliar environment. Think of it as the literal version of “thinking outside the box.”
4. Head outside for all of your breaks, calls, and lunches
Not all meetings can be accomplished outside, and your boss probably wouldn’t be too thrilled if you started holding every meeting in the park. So, what’s a nature lover to do?
The answer is simple: Just try to go outside as often as you possibly can. Take a stroll during a phone call, eat your lunch outside (you could even rehydrate a delicious Backpacker’s Pantry meal to keep things simple), or take a lap around the office building in between meetings. It might not be glamorous, but it will ensure you can breathe in some fresh air Monday through Friday.
5. Plan ahead and use your PTO wisely
So often trips don't happen because we don't plan in advance. While it may be overwhelming to sit down and schedule out your adventures, your future self will thank you. Scheduling out your adventures and using your PTO hours accordingly, will also give you a clear understanding of the days that you should start and end a trip. Of course, planning in advance doesn't guarantee life won't get in the way, however, it does help you prioritize your precious time off to live a fuller life.