News • 24 Aug 2020
Re-evaluating and setting post-pandemic resolutions
The ongoing pandemic has, on a whole been a rather trying time for all, and after a rather tough start to 2020, Australians are probably wanting to restart the year. With many states still facing ongoing restrictions, now is a great time to rethink those resolutions you set at the start of the year.
In much the same way that every cloud has a silver lining, maybe this life-altering global pandemic also has some positives.
The pandemic has been a time for people to reassess their priorities, to take stock of their mental wellbeing and to reconnect with hobbies. The increase in daily posts on social media of people starting their days with a neighbourhood walk, and baking bread is a good example. When routines return, before and after school activities start back up and those meetings at work start creeping later and later in the day, will you still manage to carve out some time for yourself?
As some states around Australia are slowly and cautiously emerging from lockdown, there is a sense in the air, one that has not been there for a while – optimism.
Many of us make new year’s resolutions or set goals for the year ahead… so now is the perfect time to re-evaluate these goals and maybe set new ones.
Remember; it is important to take your time to really think about what you want to get out of the next few months; whilst also remembering to continue social distancing and good hygiene measures.
It is important to organise your flow of ideas, otherwise you may feel overwhelmed or confused about what you actually want to achieve.
It is a good idea to have a mix of goals that cover both personal and professional goals, for example, have you used these last few months to upskill? Well then one goal could be to look for some work that you can put these skills into practice or looking at volunteering to give back to your community.
When setting goals, one useful template to use is the SMART technique. This stands for:
- Specific: Why do you want to accomplish the goal? Have you avoided generalities?
- Measurable: What will be the significant outcome of completing the goal? How will you measure it and with what tool?
- Achievable: Do you have the right skills and resources to complete the goal? Is it more relevant to break the goal into more actionable mini goals?
- Relevant: What will be the benefit of achieving the goal? Does its result lead to a larger goal?
- Timed: How long will it take you to achieve? Is the completion date within your means and can you foresee how much time will be needed?
Having open and honest conversations at work can also help you on this new path. Informing your boss or your team that you want to continue on looking after your mental and physical health so you can perform better whilst at work – this may be one of the best conversations you’ve had this year.