Happy New Year!
If you are reading this, you survived 2020. It’s a sad fact that many people did not. Let's honor those we lost by being the best we can be this year.
So, how to prepare for 2021? I have a few ideas, and they are a bit mellower than my normal New Year plans.
1 – If you are recovering from Covid, that is your priority. Do everything you can to get proper nutrition, and build back up to regular exercise. Take your time and be kind to yourself.
2 – If you are grieving someone that you lost to Covid or natural causes, that is your priority. It seemed to me that an unusual number of people died from non-Covid causes this year.
3 – If you are looking for work, create a schedule and a plan for that. Be sure to include stress relieving activities such as walking and breaks for mindfulness. Contact me for some personalized ideas just for you. Or take a look at my Work from Anywhere page.
4 – If you are still working, but from home, own it. Make sure you have a chair that is good for your back, and place your screen where your head can be in a normal position, where your eyes can look straight ahead. If you use your smart phone a lot, make sure to hold it up, or put it on a tripod, to relieve your neck. Consider adding a standing desk, or set your laptop up higher so you can stand for a while. If this is going to go on for a long time, create a space that you enjoy spending time in. One trick I learned a long time ago – at the end of each day, clear your desk, put things away. It makes such a difference to come into an organized space in the morning.
5 – If you are responsible for making sure your kids follow their education at home, get them involved in your New Year’s plans. Get new calendars and planners or time management apps, and let them participate in organizing their schedule and school working space. Be sure to plan fun activities they can look forward to.
6 - If you are working in your regular workplace, still take time to dream and plan what this year could hold for you.
End of Year Assessment
My husband, Mark, and I like to take a day around New Year’s for a planning retreat. We go over the past year and write down accomplishments, challenges, and note any goals that were set aside for whatever reason. It is often heartwarming to realize that we actually accomplished something when it seemed like such a crazy year. After that, we take time to dream.
Dreams and Plans
Think about what you would like to accomplish in the next year - in your work, your family life, in personal growth, whatever category is important to you.
Think about where you would like to be in the next 5 years. I say this only because it is traditional “wisdom” to plan ahead. Most of us learned that no amount of planning or dreaming can stop a pandemic from upending your life. But still, it is a known fact that people with goals end up accomplishing more.
I hope these ideas give you something to go on. If you are having trouble thinking through this on your own, I would be happy to brainstorm with you. Just choose a time on the Appointments and Solutions page, and we can have a real conversation. Let’s get going on this New Year with HOPE.
Happy New Year!
Where I live in San Diego, we just started 3 more weeks of lockdown. That's after 8 months of mostly locked down, with a few windows of opportunity when we could at least gather outside. So I looked up an article I found when this all began that has helped me cope. I hope it will benefit you as well.
From my April 2020 post:
Do you have Zoom fatigue?
Last week, I hit a wall after a long staff meeting with 9 people in little squares on my computer screen. I felt anxious, overloaded with work, and the next morning I had a visual migraine. It's a disturbance of vision without a headache, but I felt queasy all day. Then I read this article by Curt Thompson, MD that helped me understand what was going on. Here's a snippet of it - just click on READ MORE, below, to see the entire helpful piece.
"A Body of Work" April 15, 2020 by Curt Thompson, MD
By now, most of us have noticed. And either we or someone we know is talking about it. Zoom fatigue. Irritability. No fever, cough or body aches necessary. Just the normal, run-of-the-mill symptoms of social distancing. And mostly, people are describing how much more exhausted they are at the end of their days compared to what their lives were like before three weeks ago. All of this highlights one element of what it truly means to be human that our encounter with the coronavirus has drawn our attention to: our bodies. READ MORE
Here are some suggestions from Dr. Thompson to help us get through this challenging time:
I would love to hear your thoughts on how you are managing your work life in this season, or even how you plan to celebrate holidays. Please comment!
I love helping people feel better and have more energy! In this blog I'll be sharing things I have found to help us all stay healthy in these crazy times we are living in.