Updated: Nov 9, 2020
It doesn’t seem two minutes since the first lockdown, and I don’t know about you, but things feel different this time round. Maybe it’s because we know more about what to expect, or perhaps we feel more well-versed in how to handle our balance at home. Whichever way you’re feeling I think it’s important to take some time to reflect your ‘Lockdown 1.0’ and how it impacted your health, to help your approach for how you’d like to tackle ‘Lockdown 2.0.’
I want to start out by saying that what we’re going through is a big deal, there’s no hiding away from the fact we’re in the midst of a global pandemic. This in turn will impact us all differently. Some may not see many changes at all as their work perhaps carries on like normal and home-life stays the same. Yet for others this could have been, and still may well be, a massive overhaul to life as they know it.
There’s no point me stating that every day is going to be easy, because it won’t be. Yet if we can create some good in each day, we’re making a positive mindset shift and creating habits that will help serve our overall wellbeing and get us through this challenging time.
Your Priorities Jar
The first thing that we didn’t get to think about in Lockdown 1.0, mainly due to the fact we were thrown into the deep end, was sorting out our priorities. Our work, home life, health and mental wellbeing was flipped on its head and we had little time to think things through before having to perhaps feel like we just needed to ‘get on with it.’
This task is something I work on with clients whenever things feel overwhelming or out of focus and I want to share it with you too.
First up, I want you to grab a piece of paper and draw a jar. No really, quickly grab one, I promise this is worthwhile.
This right here is your jar or priorities.
Now in your jar draw some large sized rocks that take up probably half of the space. All sporadic, it doesn’t matter if they’re floating mid air. These rocks are your ‘cannot live withouts’, your ultimate main focusses in life. There might be a few or just a couple. You might draw one for family, another for your health or your career etc. These are individual to you and may differ from my suggested ones.
Next up I want you to draw some pebbles. A bit smaller than the rocks and maybe they’re odd shapes and sizes. These are the things in your life that make it more worthwhile. You might find yourself writing down things like a hobby, a side project, socialising with friends.
Lastly, I want you to add sand to your jar. Small little grains which you could definitely live without, but add some little extras to your life. These might look like social media, watching Netflix, going for bottomless brunch with the gals.
Now you can see your list of priorities, right in front of you in a visual format. So you can see the stuff that matters the most to you right now and ultimately where your priorities lie for Lockdown 2.0. However, using this visual, you can also see where you’re perhaps spending time e.g. watching Netflix, where you could borrow some time to focus on those big rocks e.g your health.
See what happens is if we filled the jar up with sand first, the things that are little extras to life but you could definitely live without, this then means that there would be no space for the rocks to fit in. Never mind the pebbles.
The way of looking at this as we enter another lockdown is looking at your priorities and comparing this with where you’re actually spending your time. Does this line up with what you’re saying is most important to you right now? If you’re wanting to focus on your health, whether physically, mentally or emotionally, are you putting systems in place to ensure you’re showing up for these.
One of the best pieces of advice I could give during this strange time is to add systems or structure to your days to help you compartmentalise, not only your priorities, but also breaking free from the mundane groundhog day feeling.
So whether it’s wanting to focus on your health by moving your body more, or being more compassionate by focussing on your self-care routine, Use your jar for the next 4 weeks and even beyond to help gain focus. If you need any support with your priorities in lockdown, drop me a DM on social or send an email with ‘priorities’ to firstname.lastname@example.org and let’s catch up.