2019 has flown by us so fast. For some it was a great year, for others it was difficult. Last year brought a lot of challenges, and this gives me a good reason to make sure that 2020 is going to be an amazing, super year. I have listed a few tips to encourage myself and to get myself into action in 2020.
Make time for yourself, relax more!
I know that I am guilty of not doing this in the past. I will make sure that I will do this more regularly in 2020. To be effective in your work, it is important to make time for yourself… take a break once in a while. You don’t need to book a week away at a five star hotel to relax… Simple things like taking the kids out on a Saturday afternoon to a park for a few hours, or taking a break and just walking in the garden for a while, take a book and a blanket and sit outside under a tree for an hour…
Just give yourself time to reboot, do not always push yourself to your limits. Remember to get enough rest.
Teach yourself how to prioritize better and how to work according to a time schedule. If you are working from your home office, it is easy to get distracted… Get a diary that works according to the hours of the day. Book out your whole day in advance. Decide what you will be doing each hour and when you will be working on which project. Write it in your diary ex 08:00 – Project name
But remember that you need to work your breaks into your schedule as well and time to pick up the children from school.
Jazz up your Social Media appearance
Go through all your social media profiles from Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, even your website. Make sure they are up to date and that they have all the relevant information on that your customers or potential customers will need. Post an update regularly, even if you only post previous work you have done, a walk on the beach or a good morning post. Make sure to keep your social presence updated.
Decide from the start, what your working hours will be. When working from home, it makes it a bit difficult to switch off from your work. Decide what your hours will be and try to keep to it. Decide when your vacations will be and book it in your diary.
Remember that you are never too old to learn, and it is never too late to learn something new.
You can learn a new skill at any point of your life, you can even decide to learn how to play the piano at the age of 80! Don’t ever think that it will be a waste to learn something new.
There’s so much to learn on Google, if you are struggling with a new task you need to do, do no think it will be a waste to do a short course or watch a few tutorials. You can learn something new at any point in your life.
When you have set your goals, print it out and put it up where you can see it everyday. Remind yourself daily of which goals you decided on, you will feel the difference that it will make in your life if you remind yourself more.
Imagine a house filled with friends and family. Filled with love and laughter. A fridge full of food and a big Christmas tree and under it a whole lot of beautifully wrapped presents.
That sounds wonderful right?
Well the reality is that there is a house filled with people, some family, some not, who have fallen on hard times and life has given them a bit of a beating.
The fridge is lean and so are the cupboards, but the upside is that they have a place to sleep and call “home” for a while. Or at least until life decides they have had their run of bad times and are ready to be rewarded and start over again.
Another plus is that the children in this house will have some gift to look forward to on Christmas day because the angels that are in charge of this house have made sure that there is some joy this festive season.
This house is called The Angel House and it is run by The Table View Angels.
Who are the Angels
The Table View Angels are an NPO who have been involved in my community for many years. They have recently (after a lot of blood, sweat and tears) opened the first safe house in the area. This house allows families and individuals who have found themselves in a downward spiral to have a safe haven, a space to come up for air and to start focusing on starting a fresh.
The Angels believe in a hand up instead of a hand out and provide many services to those who are needing it, from food for a month just so the single mom can get back on her feet, through to a job portal WhatsApp group. Through this group many have found their new jobs which have led to their new lives – best of all – some of these once helpless and hopeless people have come and pledged their support to the Angels by helping with fundraisers, donating money themselves or just packing the weekly food parcels.
So how have I assisted the Angels?
So you may wonder, “Have you actually done anything to help this amazing organization?” Well yes I have – and this Christmas I intend to give even more.
I am by no means a very wealthy person however I know, just like many of us, I have things that truly are just taking up space and can be put to better use by people who need it.
This is why, in the past month after moving, I donated 7 black bags filled with clothing (men’s, ladies and kids), and specifically to the Angel House where I know there are many families. I also donated some furniture.
For Christmas I am clearing out toys, and getting my eldest son, who is 6, involved and will get him to help me deliver them to the house too. This for me is important as it teaches him to be grateful for what he has, to give without conditions and to help put a smile on another kid’s face (which I know will put a smile on his).
As I too have had hardships in life and being helped by others, I will continue to try and assist and give to The Table View Angels as well as various other organisations within the area – because it only takes one small change to have a big impact on someone else’s life.
Lastly – my motto is to give without expecting to receive. This will send positive vibrations to the moon and back and before you know it – you too will be blessed.