Just like I’ve done for the past 3 years, I’m taking a 2-week sabbatical on this blog after I write this article. I’ll still be putting together something for my business blog and my accountant’s blog, and I’ll pre-record videos for my two YouTube channels. Once all of that’s done, it’s time for a bit of relaxation; I need it!
this year’s planner
It’s been a heck of a year. Some things y’all know about because indirectly you shared them with me: Covid, Black Lives Matter, the presidential election. Some were more personal: divorce, Mom, house issues. I’m lucky to be able to say I’ve survived it all, but I definitely need a mental break.
I don’t relax well; that’s nothing to brag about. I sleep badly, even if I sleep 7 or 8 hours, which is rare. Other than NCIS, Fuller House and Sister Sister, I haven’t watched a TV show in multiple years, and the only reason I’ve seen those shows is because Mom likes watching them on Netflix; does that count? I’ve only sat down at a TV to watch a few movies (though in stages), the NBA championship, the Super Bowl and the Michael Jordon documentary, which I recorded via DVR.
What do I do? I walk… a lot! It’s helped keep my weight down, especially since I started binging on a lot of dessert items once the pandemic hit and we couldn’t go out as often as before. I rediscovered candy other than Snickers, and I rediscovered pints of ice cream from a local bakery after my friend Kelvin told me about a flavor I didn’t know existed; yeah man! 🙂
In any case, my goal for the next two weeks is to try to relax, not sit at the computer all the time, definitely not write anything… but we’ll see if I can pull it off. I’ve got a lot of work to do this week before I can give it a shot. I’ll still be seen on social media, but nothing like normal; I just don’t want to be forgotten.
But when I come back… it’s back to work, and hopefully with more efficiency. I hope to do better with next year’s word than I did this year, though it wasn’t totally my fault. Last year’s word was socialization, and I was working my way there until the state shut down. Then I went totally in the other direction; I didn’t do my first Zoom call until September and I barely talked to anyone on the phone. I’m just starting to work my way out of that, but I’ve got a long way to go.
This year’s word in “planning”, which I was also doing really well until… you know… Once I couldn’t do a lot of things I had in my planner I pretty much shut down and didn’t use it again, which is a major shame. I was getting a lot accomplished up until then, but once my mother was home every day for 10 weeks I lost whatever mojo I had. Now she’s back to leaving the house 3 times a week, and even though I have some personal things to get through I need to start planning those and everything else on a more regular basis.
To that end, I’m only working on two major categories, with everything going into one or the other. One is “personal”, the other is “business stuff”. Both of these will be crowded, but let me give you an example of what those two titles actually mean.
Personal obviously means personal, but there’s a separation between “daily” and everything else. Back in September I started a stretching program, but I tend to do it after 11PM, when I’m ready to go to bed, which means I don’t do it for long. That’s a daily thing I need to plan for earlier in the day so I can concentrate on it better, get it done better, and reaps the benefits of it for a day instead of doing it before bedtime.
Everything else includes putting washed clothes away, which I often leave for 4 or 5 days, which is a shame. It’s for reaching out to doctors or anyone else who needs to hear from me. It’s for responding to my email, which I sometimes leave for upwards of a week; I miss a lot of stuff doing that, both personal and business.
Business means things like blogging, marketing, branding, posts for LinkedIn and occasionally more direct sales, something I’ve always been reluctant to do, knowing my industry a bit too well.
I’ve learned over the years that writing things down and looking at them daily helps me get a lot done. I figure it’s got to get going this year; I’m getting older and I need to have a more stable income before I reach 65 (ouch!). Since I know that planning works, and that hopefully most of the pandemic issues will start fading away, I can get back to “my” normal; hopefully everyone can.
In any case, I wish y’all a happy holiday season, and if you’re planning on a word or goal for 2021 I’d love to hear it. 😉