Hi, how are you doing?
I’m wondering, did you at any one point declare ‘2020 is going to be my year!’ I did. Well, not in those exact words but…
I started 2020 on an ultimate high! I am not one to make new year’s resolutions but boy did I have grand plans! From going back to school to moving house, reclaiming my heart (if you’ve read this post, you might have an idea why this was necessary) to making grand career moves, getting back to blogging and so on. I was ready, man! In fact, the first couple of months saw me do things, apply to/for things and generally put myself out there.
Then Ms. Rona, COVID-19 if you are the serious kind, pulled up. Life pretty much came to a standstill. Plans that previously made sense had to be adjusted or put on hold altogether. But Ms. Rona doesn’t look like she’s about to leave us any time soon and I am done sitting around waiting, it’s time to make alternate plans and get on with life because you know what? Life is for living!
Here are a few tips and tricks I am using to get to hit the refresh and reclaiming the rest of my 2020;
1. Adapt to the new normal
If there’s one post COVID phrase I am not particularly feeling, it’s ‘new normal’ and yet it perfectly captures the situation. Things will never really be the same again. Adapting to the new current state of affairs means relooking your new work arrangements, relationships and even schedules and rearranging them into formats that boost your productivity without stretching you too thinly.
This could be as practical as getting a desk to avoid harming your back as you work from the couch, or scheduling video calls with your support system and/or loved ones so you’re always in touch and get in a good laugh or cry, with them and don’t lose it due to the minimised physical interactions.
2. Re-examining old goals
Remember those goals you set at the beginning of the year? Just because they feel really removed from reality doesn’t make them impossible. Relooking at these plans will help you remember the big picture and stay motivated.
After motivation comes the planning. A great way to get the ball rolling has been breaking down these goals into easy to act on chunks or what most people would refer to as long term and long term goals.
Once you establish the big picture/long term goal, try and work backwards. Envision the steps that you will need to take to achieve these goals and how you can go about them in this new reality.
3. Celebrate the small wins!
I cannot begin to emphasis on how important this is! When I tick a thing or 3 off my to do list, I feel this nice boost of ‘good vibes’ after a long day or week of ticking things off, I treat myself to a Gin&Tonic or a glass of rosé, depending on what my body would like. Your reward mechanism could be different, to suit your personal taste what matters is that you do not forget to celebrate! How else are you going to build up momentum for the next phase!
4. Be accountable
Having an accountability partner allows you to rehash what’s important to you and your timeframes. However, I have tried having one of those and my follow-through game on that was a bit weak, if I am being honest. People are busy and syncing your schedules can feel impossible, should that happen, I propose you do what I call ‘Calling yourself to a meeting’. For this to be effective, you have to be thoroughly honest with yourself. Remind yourself what matters and why it matters but be kind to yourself as you do this.
5. Don’t forget to have fun
Goals are the serious bits of adulting, executions, on the other hand, don’t have to be oh so serious! Let loose! Get creative with it and let your personality shine through! Life is for living and if you are not having a good time, are you really living?
Setting goals, especially in times like these doesn’t have to be a serious 36-step process that has you pulling at your hair. Be easy with it, but be consistent, be patient with yourself, be kind and if you have a moment, let me know how you are going about reclaiming your 2020.
Love & Potatoes,