Being a full-time RVer has perks, like the spot shown in this photo where I was last week in St. George, Utah. But it also has days where just taking care of life is the only thing I can “accomplish”. And moving days are a great example.
For the most part, I abide by the 2/2/2 rule. For those of you who don’t RV, this means I drive no more than 200 miles, get there by 2 PM, and stay for at least two days.
So while my actual driving time isn’t that long, there are a lot of other things that I have to account for.
- There’s an hour on each end to break down and set up camp.
- There are the 15-minute stops for gas, leg stretching, lunch, and human/doggie potty breaks (which of course, don’t always seem to line up).
- There’s getting groceries. When I’m lucky, I can do grocery pick-up. But when that’s not available, I’m navigating a new store, don’t know where anything is, and which of my favorite items they carry.
- There’s also the other sundry of life stuff required like propane refills, emptying/filling tanks, or doing laundry.
When I first hit the road, I tried to fit work into the little pockets throughout the day. I’d respond to emails while I was filling up at the gas station. I’d schedule phone calls when we stopped for lunch.
But these days, I don’t.
The only thing I “accomplish” on a moving day is getting us safely from one spot to another.
And I put “accomplish” in quotes because it’s not a simple project.
Safely moving from one place to another is about a five-hour project that requires mental focus and physical exertion (my hitch alone weighs about 50 pounds).
I think this is part of the reason that the longer I’ve been on the road, the more I’ve accepted that my preferred pace is slow and steady.
For the last few years, I’ve intentionally cultivated a slow, quiet life. I’ve started to listen to what I need. I’ve accepted that I’d rather accomplish one or two important things a day than dozens of small things that don’t serve me or those I want to help.
We live in a culture that says that you have to hustle and accomplish every day. That slow and steady isn’t how you win the race. But they are wrong.
I’m here to remind you that you are accomplishing something when you…
- listen to your body and rest
- get one big thing done (rather than spinning your wheels with busy work)
- spend the day taking care of the “adulting” things so your brain can focus on business the next day
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