I won’t surprise anyone by saying that sometimes my phone is my worst enemy. Half the icons have notifications on them and some of those notification numbers are scarily high. Text, email, WhatsApp, LinkedIn, Twitter, Facebook… most of us are pretty much in thrall to these - and many more - whether it’s for work or for leisure. We have to develop skills to manage the information coming at us so that we can deal with urgent situations, keep track of our loved ones and remain on top of everything else.
If you had your time again, what would you do differently? Hang on to those shares for a bit longer? Buy that property that didn’t seem quite cheap enough but was, in fact, an absolute bargain? Take that other job with the slightly lower salary but which would have been so much more interesting? Study something else at university? Marry that person?
It’s hard to get back into gear at this time of year isn’t it? Even if we feel fired up by our new year’s resolutions or we’ve successfully been to the gym a few times, the dark, damp, cold days, the rest of winter stretching ahead and the thought of a whole year looming in front of us, full of tiresome commitments can make it very difficult to feel enthusiastic.
Yes, I know you were hoping to relax and not think about work BUT this is the perfect time to consider what you really want from life. Away from the usual routine we can reflect, strategize and begin to implement a new career which suits us so that, come the new year, we are ready to go.
I caught the second half of a song I had completely forgotten about the other day and was so excited to be reminded of it that I actually downloaded it. It’s playing in my head as I write and making me feel very jolly.
It’s interesting at this time of year how easily we all start to slough off our work personas and begin thinking about spending a week or two with our families, safe in the knowledge that everyone else is doing the same. It’s a time a of year when it is reasonable to unavailable, there’s nothing much going on and no one expects particularly urgent results.