My recent interview with Aaron Dignan, author of Brave New Work, made me think a lot about how routine really prevents progress… and how the grounding nature of routine messes with me.
Here’s the example I’m thinking of:
During the winter my family rents a 70’s throwback cabin near Hoosier pass. It’s an amazing little gem stuck in a semi-remote area. We go there every weekend for ten straight weeks to snowshoe, ski, entertain friends, drink beer, watch Netflix, read, and stare into a real wood fire.
At the end of the winter we always say, “that was great but I’m glad to be home for a weekend!” During ten weekends of being gone, paperwork has piled up and the furnace filter needs changing. Wanting to catch up is reasonable. What I don’t like is that it feels comforting to be back in the routine of normal living.