Increase productivity and utilise your downtime to prepare for your next weekend adventure.
It’s not always possible to escape the grind and get away for the next weekend adventure. Plain and simple. Prior commitments, monetary limitations and even lack of motivation can all play a part. Despite this, there are a few things you can do to turn a bit of downtime at home into a positive influence toward your next adventure. Here’s four suggestions for utilising your time and staying inspired for your next trip.
Research | Discover new and unexplored locations at the touch of a button.
When’s the last time you researched your local area and discovered somewhere new to venture? Chances are, with a bit of Googling and maybe even the purchase of a topographic map, you’ll unlock a whole list of new locations just waiting to be explored. This doesn’t have to be done alone, and in fact can be much more exciting when you involve a few friends and some drinks. With a bit of luck, you might even find your new favourite spot.
Seen it all? Think bigger and expand your search.
Plan and collaborate | Set some goals and reap the benefits
This isn’t the first time I’ve touched on the power of planning. Not only will you go into your next trip confident you’ve covered all bases, but planning will also keep your motivation levels high. How often have past trips fallen through due to a lack of motivation or interest? Get your party together and set a date to work toward. Split the responsibilities, set some goals and you’ll all reap the benefits.
Not all in the same postcode? Don’t worry, email is a beautiful thing.
Organise | Ensure your equipment is ready for the next challenge.
Keeping your equipment organised and up to date is one of the most important things you can do. Check your gas cylinder levels, stock up your medical kit, check for items in your inventory that may need to be fixed or replaced. Not only will this give you an excuse to visit your favourite outdoors store, but it will also save the last minute rush when it’s eventually time to head off.
Designated driver? Use this time to check over your vehicle and ensure it’s mechanically sound for the next long distance haul.
Stay Active | Exercise? On a weekend? You’ve got to be kidding.
I’m not. If you’ve found yourself with a bunch of free time, what’s stopping you from going for a run or hitting the gym? In my experience, there are a lot of people who refuse to get active on the weekend for the simple fact that it’s the weekend; a time for rest and relaxation. But this can also be a great opportunity to realign your fitness goals or start training for that hike or climb you’ve been dying to do. Every little bit counts, so why not make the most of the opportunity?
Not convinced? Involve your friends. Visit the local indoor climbing gym or organise a day hike.