These last few posts we have looked at what lockdown meant for us and how we adapted to the changes required to protect our communities from the worse of the pandemic.  We looked at how we exercised and made use of our one hour of allotted out door time.  What did we enjoy about this routine and thought about whether we would like to continue it in the new normal that everyone is talking about.  What did we learn about yourselves and exercise and that one hour of outdoor time.  How important was it to us.

That left 23 hours to fill!  How did we entertain ourselves?  Did we learn new skills, play games, read, craft or meditate may a collection of all of those things.  There were so many opportunities that we normally don’t have time to explore.  All of us will have done different things.  Some may have taken this as an opportunity to rest from the stresses of our normally full on lives.  We again asked.  What would we like to keep of these times and what no longer servers us.  We may have come to think that we spend too much time commuting  and not enough time with ourselves and family.

How were and are our relationships being shape by this pandemic?  This is likely to be the most complex area to examine. For some it will have been blissful others a hell on earth.  For most it will be somewhere between those two extremes.  We may have deepened our ties with other family members.  What did you learn about yourself?  Close quarters with your loved ones while separated from friends?

We can now draw up a list of changes you may wish to make and behaviours you would like to continue along with those items you wish to discard as they no longer serve you.  How can we achieve this?  One of the most affective ways is to have an accountability partner.  Someone to tell what you have do to keep up with your new normal.  This may be a friend, family member or a coach.

Coaches are people who know how hard it can be to make changes and stick to them.  They are trained to help you explore ways with you to keep you focused on your goals and reflect back to you, your progress.

If you would like to find out more book a free exploratory call and let’s start that journey together.

Here is a reminder of the three tools:

  1. Let other know your plans and ideas. Having a sense of accountability really help to keep you focused.  Who you decide to be accountable too is your choice.  It could be a friend, family member, colleague or a coach.
  2. Keep a journal where you record what you have done to keep your new interests alive. For example if you have taken up reading and yoga you can journal how many pages you read,  summarise the plot or characters in a novel or key ideas in something or technical.
  3. Set achievable goals and you can live up to measure. These are called smart goals:
    1. Specific: I’ll read every day
    2. Measurable : Read 5 pages a day
    3. Achievable: Having enough time to read 5 pages
    4. Realistic: 5 pages is realistic a whole book may not be
    5. Time-bound: I read in the evening