Well, I am not afraid to say that I am grateful that 2020 is in the rearview! I have not quite come to terms with all of the events of 2020, but I do believe that there is a light at the end of the tunnel. The thing that I am going to share with you is that I turned on that light. I do not have time to seek out opportunities, rather, I must make them! It's my personality....I do know that. I am impatient. So, rather than wait around for an opportunity, I usually create things to do and be a part of. This year will be no different.
What I meant by I turned the light on is that I have the need to keep busy right now. I am sad over the loss of my father-in-law to Covid on December 9. It is so raw. He was a wonderful man, father, husband, and most importantly, Papa. Sometimes, we need to turn a light on in the darkness, rather than become a part of it. I am focusing on the beauty of his woodworking, enjoying the little things (as we usually do not as it is so cliché), and trying to give more time to my kids. I am always checking in on those I love right now. You really never know when someone's time will be, but Covid has really added an additional worry for our loved ones who we cannot or should not see during this time.
Seeing the positive is not always easy. I am not implying that it will be easy keeping my head up every day, but it is my mindset and there are lots of great activities and such that I can do to keep those endorphins and serotonin levels optimal! Always invest in you, including, I want you to focus on your professional life. That is what I am doing right now to be able to see through the sadness and craziness of 2020. I figure that I don't want to be behind the 8-ball so to speak, so I can focus on doing some self-help strategies and create some better habits for my professional career. I am going to share with you some of those strategies.
I get up 20 minutes before everyone else in my house. It allows me to prepare for the day. I am more organized, ready for the day (because I had an uninterrupted, organic cup of coffee with a drop of peppermint essential oil that is invigorating to the senses and opens the airways for a "ready to start the day" mood), and more even-tempered with decision making because I don't feel rushed or unprepared for the day. Time management is SO important to our success. This also gives me time to take a look at my calendar of events planned for the day.
Which brings me to my next strategy, a calendar. I use both an online calendar and a pen to paper one. I used to be a high school Bio teacher, so I guess she still lives inside me. It is so important for me to be able to "see" my day. I check it to plan what materials I may need, see what I need to have prepared, and plan and strategize ideas and classes. It really keeps me organized with my time. There is much to juggle: 4 kids, husband, 3 businesses, 3 dogs, home, self, etc. Thank goodness for my calendar! As a professional, the more detailed this is, the better you can align yourself with short-term and long-term goals.
Essential oils (EOs)are also a part of this to create an ambiance for my office. It is extremely important that when I get into my office, that I begin to work and make use of that time extremely well. It is so valuable right now, especially with remote learning. I do have a kindergartener who needs me to be available for the day, so working is what I am loosely doing while she is remote learning. So, I use EOs like peppermint, frankincense, a blend called InTune, or rosemary in my diffuser when I need to use the most of my time. The diffusing of any of these oils help to ignite the area of my limbic system that is responsible for mood, memory and concentration. Aromatic use of these helps me to concentrate and get right to work by creating a positive environment with oils that have chemical constituents that have been trialed to have specific benefits.
These are just a few strategies that I use and will continue to use in 2021 for my best professional practices. Take a class, get certified to compliment your area of expertise, start a business, create better work habits, or listen to a podcast....do something to improve you and your professional life. Do not put things on the back burner. Start the year right, and don't forget to put it in your calendar!