With NSW well and truly entrenched in lockdown volume 2, trips to the snow being cancelled and zero mingling with friends and fam on the horizon, boredom has well and truly hit 5th gear.
Rather than wallowing in a pool of self-pity, I am using this time to improve myself and my skills and encourage others to do the same. Now this could be anything, whatever you want to make of it. My perspective is rather than watching 16 Friends episodes back-to-back and confirming to Netflix that ‘yes’, you are still watching, go and learn something that you’ll be able to use when lockdown is over. For me, I’ve set myself 3 goals; Learn Elton Johns’ banger ‘Your Song’ on piano (via tutorials on YouTube), expand my cooking repertoire (from 0 meals to 5 via Tik-Tok), and get more flexible (via 10 minutes of yoga a day).
I’m encouraging myself to do this by reminding myself that; being not very good at something is the first step to becoming great at something.
Now, before going into a rant about the GOATs, I’m not saying become Michael Jordan, or put 10,000 hours into perfecting a skill, but rather I’m saying that everyone begins a skill not knowing how to do it. Some people may pick it up quicker than others but without having a go at a certain skill you may never know if you can or can’t do it. Push yourself to try something new during lockdown. Learn to juggle, do a cartwheel or even read your first book in 5 years whatever it may be, apply yourself, set a goal and add another string to your bow.
Becoming a Lockdown work-from-home veteran, I have a few tips below to help you achieve your goals:
Routine. Routine. Routine.
During my first lockdown I got into the habit of waking up at 8.59am, rolling out of bed to the computer beside me, popping on a hoodie just in time for the company zoom at 9am. To my (un)surprise I didn’t really achieve much. My routine consisted of getting out of bed, working, eating, back to working, Netflix, bed and repeat.
Don’t do what I did. Instead, try setting a routine, getting up early and doing something with your day so you have something to talk about on your next zoom call. Try waking up 20 minutes earlier, do a HIT workout and then start your day. Get in the habit of doing something for yourself and sticking to it.
Believe it or not, the majority of the answers you are looking for can be found on the web. From recipes, to tutorials, exercise work outs, to certifications. Use the resources you have to your advantage because that thing that seems impossible, may be not as hard and unattainable as it once looked (with a touch of research and a splash of effort).
S.M.A.R.T stands for Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Realistic, and Time-bound and is an established method you can use to plan and achieve goals. You might have heard of these in your work personal development sessions.
Your goal should be clear and specific, otherwise you won’t be able to focus your efforts or feel truly motivated to achieve it. When writing your goal, try to answer the five “W” questions:
- What do I want to accomplish?
- Why is this goal important?
- Who is involved?
- Where is it located?
- Which resources or limits are involved?
Using this method, you’ll be kicking goals before you know it.