New routines take time

A picture of a long-legged winged insect on the outside of a window screen, as seen from inside of my office window.
When working from home, I get the rare non-verbal in-person face time.

Last week, I sent an an hoc newsletter out because I had some initial thoughts about returning to the office, and I wanted to share them. Not necessarily on my blog, and definitely not on social media (I find myself wanting to share less and less there, lately). So, the newsletter seemed to be the best option.

I’m thankful that I am working a hybrid schedule. There are definite perks and advantages of being back in the office, amongst my workers. I admit, for the most part, I’m enjoying it.

What I underestimated was the time I need to adjust back to the “wake up, go to the office, work, go home, spend evening tired, repeat” routine.

These past few weeks, on days I’ve had to go to the office, I’m finding myself far more tired than I have been in the past few years. So tired that there’s little energy for anything else, really.

Part of it is being an introvert, and having to be “on” during my in-office time, then needing time to recover (refuel) after that.

Which reminds me of this tweet equating a couch to “an introvert’s wireless charging pad”. It’s 100% true.

Cooking dinner is an even steeper, uphill battle those evenings. Just motivating myself to do so is a huge WIN. Same goes for mustering any energy to read, write, photograph, or anything else.

I chalk it up to needing time to find and get used to a new routine that works for me. And we know new routines take time.

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