Where Did 2016 Go?!?

by | Dec 29, 2016 | Self-Care | 0 comments

“Where in the world did 2016 go?”

I’ve heard it so many times in recent weeks I’ve lost count. It feels like we’re in some cosmic singularity, time warp … thing.

But that’s just how it feels.

Of course, it’s not a matter of how the time is passing; it’s a matter of how we are passing the time: What we do and think about—or don’t think about—is changing our perception of the passage of time.

It feels like we’re caught in some cosmic singularity, time warp … thing. But that’s just how it feels.

“And Your Point Is…?”

2016 is gone. But we can do some things different in 2017.

So What?

Here are 10 things (big and chunky, each deserving of its own blog post) to consider to keep the time from eroding away.

  1. Cut Back on Stimuli. Turn your tech and your phone notifications off for big blocks of time.
  2. Manage the Stuff of Life. This is a big one, and if you make strides here you’ve done well. If you need a place to start, take a look at Getting Things Done by David Allen.
  3. Focus. It’s tempting to pay attention to everything (even though we can’t). Politics. TV. Social media. News. Entertainment. Sports. Who’s reporting on that thing the pundit said about the guy who retweeted … well, you get it. Just focus.
  4. Create Something. Cook. Write. Paint. Draw. Pick up the guitar and get your calluses back.
  5. Do Something Routinely Every Day That Forces You to Account for the Day. It could be anything (journaling, reflecting, etc.) but make it something you look forward to (not just another thing to do).
  6. Serve Someone Else. It’s gratifying and rewarding, in ways that nothing else in life can be.
  7. Read. Pick a genre/subject you find interesting—but not one that gets you amped up or anxious—and, if possible, read at the same time and place each time.
  8. Meditate. This is not a religious thing, though it certainly can be. It’s about filling your mind with restorative thoughts.
  9. Be still. Remember: Activity doesn’t equate to productivity.
  10. Breathe. No kidding: Take a few minutes to stop and take multiple, deep breaths. It works.

The Big Picture

This list is about enrichment; and rhythm. Filling up what life naturally depletes slows the clock down. If you’re not enriching your life, as a leader how do you expect to enrich anyone else’s life?

If you’re not enriching your life, as a leader how do you expect to enrich anyone else’s life?

These are my 10. Got any ideas to add to this list?

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