If you’ve been wondering why things have beent a little quiet on the blog, my husband and I just moved from Chicagoland to North Carolina, in the Raleigh-Durham area. Our stuff has arrived and we’re slowly getting settled into the new place. However, pretty much our whole lives are still in boxes and bins.
I have to say that I really appreciate being able to telecommute, both because it means we can do this move to someplace warmer and because I was able to work from a hotel while waiting for the moving truck to arrive. Yesterday morning I worked from a local coffee shop while my husband got to sit at home waiting for the cable guy to hook up the internet connection. It’s really nice to have that kind of flexibility.
My routines are still out of whack though. The movers broke my desk, so I have computers on a folding table and TV tray–not exactly the most ergonomic setup, and I’m having trouble getting into a real groove with my work. I’d work on my laptop on the couch, but our wireless router died just after we arrived (91 days after we bought it. 90 day return policy, anyone?). We haven’t yet unpacked enough boxes to make space for doing Wii Fit, which had been part of my daily routine for several months. Even just being in a different time zone is throwing me off–my TV shows aren’t at the right times.
I admit that I’d gotten very comfortable in my routines at the old place. This is a big change, but in many ways I’m noticing the little differences more than the big ones. I’m craving a bit of those familiar old habits: working from my desk with everything set up just so, taking a mid-morning Wii Fit break, watching TV at lunch, stretching out on the couch with my laptop in the afternoon. I had a rhythm for how my day progressed, but I’m out of sync now.
This feeling of being out of sync is something I need to remember when I’m busy being the change agent at work. People do need some time to adjust to new rhythms, and some people may take longer to adjust than others. It’s not that changes don’t need to happen–we have so many things in our organization and the educational system as a whole that could be better–but we need to figure out how to make those changes while supporting people as they establish new routines. I tend to be impatient because I do feel a sense of urgency, but somehow I need to find a balance between pushing and supporting.