How was your week last week? A bit rough?
I hear you. I had a bit of a rough week too and fell down the rabbit hole of becoming consumed by the media updates on the coronavirus. I also lost a bit of focus.
But it's time to pick ourselves up and move forward.
Last week I shared with you how, during this challenging time, we need to be role models and protect our mindset. In case you missed it, you can read it here: https://www.itopiacoaching.com/itopia-life-coaching-blog/being-a-role-model-and-protecting-our-mindset
I want to carry on this theme by offering a few more tips on how to protect our mindset:
Look to our elders for Inspiration & Perspective
My grandfather was in the army in WW2, and during this time, my grandmother had two small children under the age of two, who she was trying to keep safe. My nan passed away 23 years ago but left me with a great privilege – her journal, which shares her memories of the war. I re-read this the other day, and it provided me with much need perspective and hope. If you would like to hear her story, you can listen to it here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2_a1eJaaA-o
Have a routine
Since most of us are having to work from home and our world has shrunk somewhat, it is essential to have a routine to keep us focussed and less inclined to fixate on the uncontrollable. I am old school and have a paper diary that I write my daily tasks in. I make sure I write out my ‘Morning Routine’ which I call my ‘Morning Mastery’ in my diary and I tick off each task to keep me focussed. Here is an example of what my list looks like:
Morning Yoga – 15 minutes
Mediation – 20 minutes
Affirmation Review – 10 minutes
Goal Visualisation – 20 minutes
Personal Development Reading or Course – 1 hour
Once I complete my morning mastery tasks, I then get cracking on my work items.
I am not suggesting that you have the same morning mastery goals or time frames, but I do recommend spending some time focusing on what you want to achieve each day and writing them down to hold yourself accountable. For me, visual guilt works well – I don’t like putting an X mark next to a task that I haven’t completed. I especially don’t like doing this when I know I have squandered my time.
Since 50% of my work is face to face, I am going to have a lot more time of my hands given the travel restrictions that are in place in London at the moment. On reflection, I have come to realise that I can spend the next few months gaining weight and binging Netflix or I can work on myself. I have decided to take a course that I had been thinking about taking but didn’t previously have the time to do.
If possible, consider taking a course or working on personal development during this challenging time. This will give you a sense of achievement and will help you feel more in control in an uncontrollable situation.
On that note, I am opening up my self-directed online personal development course “Getting out of the rut by getting unstuck” to anyone who wants it, free of charge.
If you are unfamiliar with the program, here is an overview:
If you or anyone you know would like to have access to the program, email me at firstname.lastname@example.org, and I will register you and/or your friends.
To reiterate, this is free of charge, no obligations or commitments required to me. This is my way of trying to give back and help out during this difficult time.
That’s it for this week – I hope this helps. If I can be of help to any of you, please let me know.