My family is in the fifth week of our self imposed shelter-in-place. The grocery store and pharmacy have been the extent of our outings. And I have to say, even though my office is already at home, there is something about not having the option to see friends, clients or attend networking events that make you feel isolated. It didn't take long for me to feel like all my creativity and value had slipped away. The loss of clients, my need to pivot my strategy, and the looming fear of the state of the world really took it's a toll on my mental health. The second week was spent in a bit of depression. I just thought I was tired at the time, but by the end of the week, I recognized the symptoms for what they were.
Weeks One and Two:
The first week staying home pretty much was spent freaking out a bit, watching too much news and sleeping. During the second week, I realized I needed a plan, basically a checklist, because that is how my brain works. It wasn't just going to happen. So the process of creating my checklist began. And I'm going to share with you in hopes it will help you create your "Resilience To-Do" list.
Grace. Giving myself a break and being okay with where I am at that moment. Knowing I may not be as creative or productive as I was a month ago, but knowing that I am working on finding a new balance.
I will be releasing weeks three-five over the next few days. I think that it's essential to take it one step at a time. Even if we were in a perfect world with an ideal economy, we still need to learn these lessons. I think we will all walk away knowing it's okay to slow down, to spend more quality time with our family and friends. So ask yourself, are you your own worst critic? Are your expectations too high for yourself? Could this expectation be a roadblock to you being crazy happy and ultimately keep you from adding tons of value in your offers?
All of these emotions that we have right now are just that, an emotion. And much of the time they keep us from focusing on taking action. I learned a method, that is really simple, from life coach Brooke Castillo. I want to share it with you, with a few little twist, like adding in procrastination as an action. Make the process your own, and use it to get your butt in gear!
Action Step: Do what I call a brain dump. This task will help you get to a place where you can focus on giving yourself a break and not hear all the "noise" that goes on throughout the day and even night when you should be recharging.
Download the checklist to get started. It's super easy and will totally help you focus on what you need to do right now. Plus, you will get to procrastinate...on purpose!
I love my consulting sessions with Laura. When she suggested that I do a brain dump of all of the "things that I thought I needed to do" I decided to give it a try. I wrote down everything...things that I thought were necessary for my business and things that were not business related. The process allowed me to distinguish between business to do's and household to do's (especially in a COVID-19 world). All in all, it allowed me to move forward in solidifying what I want my brand story to look like. In addition it allowed me to take a deep breath and give myself and my business a much needed hug. ~Kaye Berjot
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