When the pandemic struck early last year, little did we know that we would have to make our personal space our productive place too. There were no warning signs, no time to set up a “home office” but mostly, I think about that takeaway coffee cup still lying on my desk at work….
We suddenly had all the time in the world to think, to ponder, to wander. Experiences gained its worth, learning more than what we knew became a necessity, virtual workshops and meetings were what filled our days but socializing, a basic human instinct, lost all value.
Our journey didn’t stop there. Along the way, we also went through a rollercoaster of emotional downfalls, mental stress, energy uplifts, discovering new hobbies, getting rid of toxicity but most importantly, we gained the strength to be the best version of ourselves. We were able to let go of relationships that didn’t bring meaning to our lives anymore and we developed profound ones with those who were able to spark our hearts.
Fast forward to one year later, many of us around the world are still working from home, a concept now different from what we began the year 2020 with. Now it is a place of comfort, a cocoon of safety and we’ve learnt to somewhat master the art of being productive (even if it means being surrounded by all the mini plant pots we suddenly discovered a passion for).
Having said this, I’m sure you’ve read over a 100 articles on being productive while working from home last year, but it’s the year 2021 bringing a whole new outlook on life. Priorities are different, emotions are dwelled upon and simply being alive has a different ring to it. Below are some tips and tricks to conquer the rest of the year with:
Choose a time to wake up everyday and make it consistent. Set realistic goals and aim to achieve them by the end of the day. An example of this could include, waking up at 5am, getting into your workout gear, a lemon water shot and a 30-minute jog. Dedicating a couple of hours for ourselves before settling into our work routine allows our mind to attract the kind of energy our body craves for: emotional, physical and mental balance.
if any of you feel that 2021 is the year of self love, then you have surely hit the nail on the head! If there was another good thing that came out of 2020, it showed us that we are our most important person.
Nobody and I mean nobody is as important to you than you. Identifying our personal traits, our likes and dislikes and respecting it comes a long way in the ability to be able to say YES to ME. Many of us have grown up learning to be selfless, but 2020 has taught us that if we constantly prioritize the feelings of others over ourselves, we are eventually going to deplete ourselves of energy and desire.
Being our own cheerleader means being our own source of motivation, encouragement and enthusiasm when we are faced with challenges. Nobody will be as happy for you as you at being able to get through all of life’s multitude of challenges.
The most underrated words till date yet the most vital in ensuring our internal engines are functioning at optimum levels. The term investing refers to time and money. Over and over, we’ve heard the words “I will when I have the time” or “I really should be” but a majority of us lack the self motivation required to “just do it”. Therefore, investing in a gym membership or a personal trainer will give us that extra push we need because of the money that has gone in.
Our circle of friends has become smaller, mightier and most importantly, empowering. Suddenly, being a social butterfly has no perks anymore and we’ve found a way to dive into the core of our friendships.
Let Go and Let God (or the Universe, higher power, etc). If we knew 2019 was going to be the last year of normalcy, we sure as hell would’ve savoured every minute of every day. Some of us may have lost a dear family or friend to the virus, and we wish we were given another chance to let them know we loved them, hugged them a little tighter and told them that it was going to be okay. Despite the ache, we’re a quarter into 2021, unconsciously trusting the journey but are still blinded by what lies ahead of us. So here’s to us for making it this far!
Saying thank you as soon as you open your eyes in the morning sets the tone for your entire day. Experiment this for a whole week and let us know how you feel!
Life unfortunately isn’t all strawberries and rainbows. There are days where we have to do certain things or chores we despise - whether it’s personal or professional. Before allowing it to ruin our day by merely just thinking about it, try getting on with it as soon as you’ve started your day and just get it out of the way.
Oh, the joy of plopping down into a fluffy pillow at the end of a day. As important as nutrition, exercise and mental wellness, is sleep. It repairs digestion, increases immunity, and most importantly aids in longevity. Preparing to sleep is just as important as the sleep itself. Get rid of any screen time at least an hour prior to bed, instead light up a scented candle, read a book. Our body, mind and soul deserve an eight-hour digital detox daily.
We’ve finally come to the end of our mindful journey and we hope you’re able to apply any one of the points above (or all of it) in your daily life practice. On a more professional note, if you’re looking to enliven your business, enhance your tech work or simply would like to speak with us, we’ll be more than happy to connect with you! Hit us up on firstname.lastname@example.org and I can guarantee one of our very friendly team members will make your day a little brighter.