Learnings in Lockdown – Break Groundhog Day. Change it up!

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Author: Jamie Wilson

“Every day feels the same”.
“When will it (lockdown) end?”.
“Wake up. Make coffee. Juggle the kids and work. Eat. Go to bed. Repeat”.

If this sounds familiar, you may be experiencing the symptoms of Groundhog Day.
In a restricted world, it’s hard not to feel like every day is the same. I’ve been guilty.

Groundhog Day is real, but it doesn’t have to be.

Eliminate sameness. Escape repetition. Embrace new.

You can beat it – Here’s how:

Start Different.
The way we start each day sets the tone. What are you doing to change it up?

– Start fresh. Mix up your routine.
– Seize the day. Set a purpose for what you want to achieve.
– Focus on three new things to do. Maybe a new challenge or a spontaneous activity?
– Take action. Get up early; take that walk; call a different friend to check in.
– Don’t let the days blend into each other. Have a start and end.

Let the new days begin. Variety is the spice of life.

Control your focus.
What we focus our thoughts and attention on, dictates our actions and behaviours.
Learning how to control thoughts and attention is a skill that takes practice and commitment, but impacts the quality and outcome of our lives.

In a world of chaos, how can we control our focus?

– Start the day positive. Trigger good thoughts and get in the right state of mind from the beginning.
– Appreciate what you have and express what you are grateful for.
– Take control of what you can change. Forget about the things you can’t.
– Commit to happy – Make happy choices, reflect on happy times, make plans to do the things you’ve missed once lockdown is over.
– Spread happiness to others. Helping others is the best way to help yourself and change your state.

The way you do anything is the way you do everything.

Tuum Est – It’s up to you.

Jamie Wilson