Our Objectives for 2021
We all set ourselves objectives for the coming year and will be revisiting these throughout the year, to make us each accountable and to track our progress.
- Book week (every week) – I will be reading a range of both fiction and non-fiction books this year with the objective of at least 52 books read in 2021. Any recommendations are welcome.
- Look smart, feel smart – I have not been making the effort every day during lockdown 2020 to look and feel the part, particularly during the working week. Now my old t-shirts and scruffy hoodies are banished from my workwear wardrobe as I adopt a smart casual ‘Pep Guardiola’ look for my working days (well that was my justification on spending money in the January sales!).
- Write a book – I will write it, topic to be confirmed, whether I can publish it will be a different story but I will write one in 2021.
- Do a podcast – Some claim Podcasts are falling out of favour due to reduced time commuting but my podcast consumption has only increased in 2020. I’m late to the party but I will jump on this particular bandwagon.
- Tell (more of) the world about how Red Tiger Coaching can really help individuals achieve their business goals and see that come to fruition with more tangible testimonials on the value we provide.
- Go to a live gig (again) – Surely the re-scheduled, re-scheduled gigs that were originally planned for 2020 will happen later this year?!
- Sit at a bar and chat with friends – says it all really. Value the small liberties!
- Learn how to SUP (that’s Stand Up Paddleboard) – I tried, and failed, on Anglesey in the summer – I’m ready to give it another go once we get to warmer weather (and when I have lost enough weight to be able to get into my wet suit!).
- Spend more quality time with my kids – My kids are growing up so fast that before you know it they will be adults. This time is going in an instant and I need to be more present (particularly away from other distractions like phone!) if I am to encourage them to do the same.
- Feel the warmth of the sun somewhere, preferably on foreign shores.
- Spend more quality time with my daughters by finding things that they like to do (And some of which I don’t like to do) – schedule some days even if shopping and lunching with one, learn to draw with my arty daughter and go out for beers with the eldest two
- Go to a live gig – hopefully more than 1 – 3x festivals lined up but have my doubts they will go ahead – if they don’t make sure I go to at least one gig before end of year.
- Sit at a bar with the dogs and family/friends – make sure I visit the 2x Beer Dens
- Finish learning to swim so I am at the level required for triathlon (ie able to swim a mile front crawl without stopping)
- Cycle over 100 miles in one day
- Relax more – I felt close to burnout towards xmas – make more ME time
- Work more efficiently rather than longer – find ways to cut corners without losing quality, make sure effective meetings
- Yoga and/or meditate each day
- Look at news/twitter a lot less – I find myself expending too much time and energy looking at news feeds
- I need to be more strict with work and down-time – switch phone off, check emails less (have say 2 times a day to check emails) don’t constantly think of things to do, try not to work weekends
- Coursework – Aim to motivate myself to start my college coursework earlier so I have longer to think, plan and write assignments.
- Go to the pub with friends – able to have a reason to look forward to the weekend.
- Finally get past having to wearing a mask– be able to socialise and interact with people freely.
- Try to take a course and learn a new skill to improve my knowledge and skillset – something to add to my CV.
- Holiday – get away with my friends, and with my family- in drastic need of some sun!
- Start more regular exercise – keep fit and healthy in 2021.
- Festivals! Missing the atmosphere of live music.
- Celebrate missed birthdays of 2020– having a big meal out with all my family to make up for lost time.
- Try to read more – I spend way too much time looking at my phone and laptop, I need to take a break from screens.
- New Book – Publish my second book of poems by end of March 2021
- First Book – Promote My first book with some giveaways for the new year
- Run and walk into 2021– set my alarm and try to do some early morning walks or runs. I love that first part of the day as the sun rises but have been missing it due to over sleeping and fatigue. It’s then easy to get stuck into work, use the weather as an excuse and just not get around to getting outside!
- Get on top of sleep – Go to bed earlier, reintroduce positive sleep tactics and get better sleep
- Meditate daily – morning if possible. I use the Calm app and am currently on a 38 day streak of meditations or relaxation sessions of some sort. It really helps me with my mental health, anxiety and positivity so I want to continue with this, but try to really come to the mat with focus and calm mind.
- Yoga – has got me through 2020 so I really want to continue with this. It’s hard to motivate myself sometimes so I’m going to set some time in my diary with myself to get my practice done. I know how much it helps and how much I love it. I use Adrienne on YouTube and have two lovely yoga teachers who do classes on Zoom so I have no excuses!
- I WANT A HUG! This is one of the things I am missing most – any kind of human contact. As someone who lives alone this is really hitting me now. I don’t come from a tactile family but I really miss hugs.
- Read more! I seem to have lost the art of reading properly. I’ve been devouring audio books and podcasts because my brain can cope with that. But I have been really missing the pure escapism that reading books gives me. As part of my plan to promote my book I’m building my Goodreads profile so want to start reading again. And I mean back to the 4 books a month that I used to manage! Let’s do this!
- Self care focus – Like Paul I felt close to burnout at the end of 2020 and had a complete downtime over Christmas. No work and little blogging. It really helped, but I need to work this properly into my day to day routines.
- Focus on my skin – Some of you may know I cut out Topical Steroids about two years ago. My skin has deteriorated into a flare and inflammation period since December and it’s getting worse. It’s hard to deal with, to juggle work, life admin and self care and skin care. But I’m still healing and I need to be kind to myself and give myself a break. 2021 is going to be a year of eating better, foods for less inflammation, going vegan-ish where I can, less alcohol and self love. I will get through this.
- Health – Rest/sleep more and don’t feel guilty about it.
- More health – Exercise daily, in the daylight, see the outdoors – it’s too easy to stay inside and lose whole days with my head in books and spreadsheets (and on Zoom/Teams calls!)
- Financial – Mortgage free by end-March – cut those financial ties!
- Personal Development – Progress my PGCert qualifications by studying, reflecting &writing.
- Family – build and rebuild family relationships, paying attention to their needs. We’ve all had a tough year, and
- Business – consolidate business interests (I have too many!), focus on the opportunities that matter, the ones that stimulate and motivate me. In the words of the great book “Do it, or Ditch It”.
- Partner – take time to support and nourish a new relationship, being conscious about what’s really important to us.
- Fun – take time for laughter, find a boxset that actually makes me laugh (just got introduced to The IT Crowd – that works)
- Hobbies – I have a few that I love, however I don’t spend enough time doing them. So this year I will consciously make an effort to spend some time every week indulging in time doing things I love, whether that’s a good crossword, a jigsaw, crochet or beadwork.
- More fun – Learn how to drive a virtual car on the PS4 without needing to use the brake and steering assist! Seriously, only if you’ve tried will you know how hard it is.
My advice to me – take each of these one month at a time. Don’t put too much pressure on myself to create big plans. See what the year brings. Try and enjoy it.
- By next New Year play Auld Lang Syne on the chanter (practice instrument for the bagpipes) and by 2022 on the bagpipes!
- Read something for 30 mins each day that’s not on a phone or iPad! I love books and can’t resist the temptation to buy…. but can’t seem to find the time to commit to reading them…..
- Volunteer for a local charity.
- Sort out my digital photos, printed pictures (pre 2000’s) and digitize my slides (pre 1990s) so that I can bore my whole family and all my friends about what I did in the past and how good looking I was in my 20’s
- Watch a sunset from a beach on an island off the West Coast of Scotland with the people I love.
- Exercise everyday just to feel good and for no other reason.
- Learn to fly a drone…. drones are cool and take very cool video and pictures, I want to learn to do that!
- Buy a sea kayak and do an overnight trip, catch and eat some fish and sleep under the stars.
- Teach my children how to make a proper cup of tea! A life skill the Zoomers, Generation Z do not have, and it will die out if we are not careful!
- Watch a live sports event and/or go to a gig… have really missed the social interaction and energy of many people enjoying the same thing, that’s a big part of being human.