In some parts of the world, things are beginning to appear as if our forced pandemic pattern of behavior is beginning to dwindle away.
Mask restrictions are being eased with the accessibility of the vaccine. The year long staycation is over and some might have the feeling that they wasted the time which was shoved down their throats. Let me put your fears to rest – you didn’t waste any time nor any opportunities. You survived a once in a lifetime type of event and you have learned a lot about yourself and your values by the end of it.
I know. I know. You are doubting that you learned anything at all. But guess what – you did!
You learned you are resilient!
You learned that you either love, hate or merely tolerate your job.
You learned that you either love, hate or want to avoid your family.
You learned your bank account is to small, not big enough or perfect for getting away from others.
The other thing you likely learned during this last year is that those people who posted and talked about the great and productive things they did likely have gotten on your nerves. At least one time during the year. Before you disagree with me – think about it, there is that one person who rubbed you the wrong way.
We each have that one person and that one thing that triggered frustration. Be honest, it will make you feel better to acknowledge it.
Now let’s do something about it.
Take out a journal, post it note, planner or index card. It doesn’t matter what you use but find something to write with. When I did this exercise, I used my commonplace notebook. But more on that later.
Write down everything you dislike about the person, job or situation.
Every irritating quirk, habit or thing they do. Write it down. This list will become the push you need when you begin to work on your exit plan. Make sure to include the person’s name and why they irritate you. Specifics keep you motivated. This is a beginning, as the days go by you should new items to your list.
Let’s identify one thing the pandemic taught you that you need in your life?
I have a good friend who learned she wants to make money working for herself which will cover her monthly expenses and health insurance.
Now let’s quantify that one thing:
She calculated she needs at least $1600 a week.
Here’s the hard part where most people put down their pen and walk away. Don’t do that! Take a deep breath and give yourself a pep talk. We are brainstorming here not creating the next great bit of technology.
Make a list of your skills and interests.
Don’t overthink it! This is another brainstorming activity which won’t change your life but it will get you thinking. That’s it!! Repeat this step everyday for a week.
This has worked for me as it triggered my subconscious to think about this subject and as the days went on, I found myself recognizing skills and interests when they popped in my brain.
This it ladies and gentlemen. A gentle introduction to using a few of the life realizations you had during this historic year.
Next time we will add a few extra steps to your Life Reset: Exit Plan.
Til next time.
“If you don’t design your own life plan, chances are you’ll fall into someone else’s plan. And guess what they have planned for you? Not much.” – Jim Rohan