I’ve heard from family, friends and clients that 2021 still feels like 2020. I get it. Turning the page on the calendar did not make Covid go away or make it immediately possible to see our families, friends, and colleagues. Borders remain closed to the U.S., and there’s still work to do to heal the racial and political divide. How did we get here? When will it feel like a new year? It’s going to take some time. And patience. If we learned nothing else in 2020, we know we can only control one thing––ourselves.
What are some things you are doing or planning to do, to shift yourself first as you navigate 2021? Here are three things on my list:
Develop set bed time and wake times – I got myself into a very bad habit of erratic bed times and wake times. We know that consistency is key for sleep, and I recognize my pattern of insomnia is not helped by not having a set time to turn in at night and to get up each morning. I am better able to manage my day if I am well rested.
Move (almost) every day – I did pretty well with exercise last year, and especially with the variety of exercise I did, but it’s easy to slide off the daily to-do list, so I am prioritizing exercise. That means, outlining a rough plan for the week and solidifying that every night before I go to bed so that my workout is locked on my calendar.
Create a vision board – Last year I did not create a vision board, although I set clear intentions and goals for the year. This year, I decided to create a vision board focused on four areas in my life. I did it this way because I don’t want to be disappointed by including international travel or specific events that may not be possible to attend this year. There is still plenty of vision, but I don’t want to set myself up for disappointment with unrealistic expectations. It will be a bonus if other amazing things happen that aren’t on my vision board!
Taking these steps, these actions help me feel more in control of the new year. What are you doing to shift yourself? We can only go up from here!