In the last few weeks we have seen a number of our isolation requirements and restrictions lifted slightly. We can finally see the world coming back to life and things going back to normal (whilst we still act vigilantly to be safe).
All those extraverts out there have been absolutely longing to get out of the house and get back out into the world they once knew and reconnect with their tribe in the usual manner. Those introverts out there have absolutely loved the time away from work and spending time in their own spaces.
Whilst everyone has had a different experience with staying at home, one thing most people do have in common is the fact that everyone has used this time to do something productive, to learn new things, to reflect on themselves and their lives and to spend this time building themselves up to be the ideal version of themselves.
Over the last couple of months we have probably found that our relationships have gotten closer or further apart as we have come to realise who are as individuals and what we want. Our kids may have tested our patience or been absolute angels. Either way most people have probably had some life altering experience whether that be good or bad.
We want to make sure we harness these lessons that we've encountered and bring our new-found learnings into the normal world with us. We can come back out so much better and perhaps being better able to set boundaries to ensure that we live every day in our peak happiness. Setting boundaries will help us create a life with more balance and will help us soothe our souls.
Going forward, ask yourself how many times a week you want to commit to seeing friends, ask yourself what boundaries you are willing to set for people, time and work. Have you realised that actually working from home works a lot better for you, would you like to negotiate with your work so you can continue doing that? Have a look and think about your life before COVID-19 and now, and then really think how you want to start fresh and what elements from this down time you would like to take out with you.
You have the chance now to create YOUR perfect scenario and use this as a fresh start for you to move forward the exact way you want to.
If you are excited about all the possibilities you can create for yourself going forward then let's take a pen and paper (yes pen and paper, not a mobile phone or computer - it makes it more real writing it down), and write down your new rules going forward.
Have a think about these and answer them for yourself:
How important is self-care for you?
How do you want to nurture yourself every day?
When are you going to schedule time for you to reflect and dream?
What hobbies are you going to try to incorporate into your life?
How often do you want to see friends?
Which friends can you absolutely not live without?
Which friends do you feel bring you down and don't help you live the life you dream of?
What work ethic do you want to take forward?
What do you want your work hours to look like?
How do you think you could be more efficient with your work?
How would you like to run your days at work (i.e. do you want to reduce the number of meetings you have? Do you want to incorporate more team building into your office? Do you want to ensure all meetings are purely outcome focused so you aren't wasting time in endless meetings all day?)
I know there are so many people who want to do something different with their lives when the world opens up again. You might not even know where to begin, but use the time now to sit with yourself and really think through what you want out of your life and how you want to show up. Use these questions as the basis for getting to know yourself. Even use these questions as a prompt to just start writing about yourself, what you like, what you don't like, what you want the rest of your life to look like, how you want to show up every day. If you haven't done this before you might find it hard at first but just persist. It doesn't need to make sense, as long as you understand what you are saying.
As you now start the re-entry process, enjoy and harness what you've learnt and make decisions now consciously to live the life you want to. Small changes or large ones, now is the time to be the best version of you.ENJOY, and live every day with passion!
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