Ok, I know. Two months ago I promised an upcoming series on voice, it’s September and I find myself unable to deliver. It’s never nice to have to eat your words and admit you cannot do something, but that’s the harsh truth… I’ll have to suspend the project as it involves too much research and planning and post which I have not been able to do so far- poor planning on my part, and I’ll make sure it won’t happen again. Take my words.
It’s September and I am full of new resolutions. I don’t know about you, but September is the new January, to me. We are back from holidays and it feels like an academic year is starting- except I don’t go to Uni anymore. It’s a moment for re-thinking, analysing and re-planning (and we’ve seen I definitely need to plan better).
My first and most important resolutions for this September is take it easy.
With this I don’t mean being lazy or postponing everything because I can’t be bothered. I really want to reach out to more people and gain new clients and work more and on amazing projects. But I realised this cannot happen if I keep on letting my own mind dragging me to different places every second.
I have always been a person interested in tons of things, always hoping a day would miraculously extend to 36 hours so I can fit everything in and please everyone. Truth is, a day always lasts 24 hours only and although my curiosity is restless, it’s better for it to be channelled and aimed at something in particular rather than hopping through my spreadsheets and diary trying to make sense out of them.
There’s always a MOOC I want to follow, a workshop I want to sign up to, a conference I want to attend. I try to do everything at once and I start with lots of enthusiasm, but then work gets in the way, it starts eroding my time off, I stop playing tennis, then stop having time for meeting up with friends… until I reach a breaking point and stop following the MOOC, realising I am past the workshop date, plus the prices of the flights to go to the conference are crazy because I left it for too late. To avoid all of this, planning is crucial, but admitting I cannot do everything is even more important.
I am basically talking about mental decluttering; for this reason I decided that from today until end of January I will:
– pick only one area of specialisation and follow only a reasonable number of workshops, so I can make the most of them. My pick for the upcoming months is marketing communication;
– pick only one (or two?) MOOC and make sure they are feasible;
– pick only one conference to attend and decide whether I am going or not two months before, so I can plan flights, accomodation and working schedule accordingly;
– pick a day of the week and a time slot I can consistently dedicate to marketing activities;
– pick a day of the week and a time slot for some exercise- if my fellow Romans said mens sana in corpore sano 2000 years ago and we still repeat it today, there must be a reason.
All of this should hopefully improve my concentration and productivity, and last but not least, I will avoid being knackered before Christmas approaches.
Have you made any resolution for this September? I’d love to hear about them here in the comments, and as usual, please share the love on FB and Twitter!