This post is brought to you by apathy, procrastination and ennui, because that would appear to have been my main themes for January.
Yes, you are right, I should read some of my own work more often, but, ugh, yeah, I’ve got no excuse except, well, the world right now.
This third lockdown in the UK has been the toughest. It feels like there may be no way out of it and that simple things like meeting up with friends are a long way off. Online contact is good but is not the same – constantly needing to ask if the other person can hear you doesn’t allow the conversation to flow.
I’m a pretty resilient person on the whole, but every now and then I just feel like hiding. Of course, I don’t, but it doesn’t mean I don’t feel like doing so. It just manifests itself in different ways for me, like not wanting to get dressed and even take a shower. I know, yuck, but I’m guessing that I can’t be the only one.
It also manifests itself in things like staring at a blank screen and not being able to fill the page, my mind a whirl with other things and seeking solace in something much less productive like playing games or scrolling social media.
So Long, Farewell, Auf Wiedersehen, Adieu
I’m quite happy, therefore, to say goodbye to January, even though it feels like wishing my life away in waiting for things to get better. One down, more of the same to come I feel.
The other thing I also hope to say goodbye to is the lack of progress I’ve been making on my goals.
In fact, my chosen word for the year is “progress” as I have made a start in 2020 and I wanted to make further progress in 2021. I’ve built my goals around this word and want to do the following:
- Progress my current and future career opportunities
- Progress my bass guitar skills
- Progress my decluttering
- Progress my e-book
- Progress my fitness habits
- Progress my writing skills and habits
To date, it has been difficult to find the inspiration for certain creative aspects as I do think that having contact with other people can lead to new ideas or even new perspectives on old ideas.
Other things have been easier, such as getting out for a walk as often as possible – it’s the only escape!
I must, however, keep in mind that slow progress is nevertheless progress and that the little that has been made will make up to big strides in the future.
Consequently, I urge you to also look at what you have been doing and not be discouraged.
The happy coincidence that February starts on a Monday adds to that feeling that a new month can be a fresh start. Now is the time to reassess and decide what the next steps could be.
My Next Steps
I’m going to be taking a dose of my own advice and find my motivation strategy.
Next, I’m going to be measuring my success on how I am showing up and how often. If I’m staying committed and putting in the effort, the fact that my progress is slow is not a problem.
Finally, I’m going to be looking to see how I can pivot my options. How could I do things differently to make it easier to show up? How can I find ways to increase my exposure to inspiration? Can I find ways to get into something if I can’t get out of it?
So I’m going to be saying goodbye to a lacklustre January and hello to February and looking for new opportunities for growth.
What has been going well or not so well for you in January? What changes will you make in February? Share your thoughts in the comments below.
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Until next time, remember, if the excess baggage is weighing you down, you can always leave it in lost luggage.
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