It’s not even the middle of the month and I’ve already lost count of the conversations I’ve had with people along the lines of how fed up we are of healthy eating, how cold it is outside, how we’ve got colds, how we’re cutting back on alcohol even though January is almost the time you need it the most purely as a coping measure. I, of course, am just as guilty as everybody else. Not least because I lost the first week of January to a horrific cold which I believe I contracted from my Christmastime visit to the UK, a week when I should have been actively working out in order to bank some calories ahead of a two-week business trip at the end of the month.
Incidentally, I have received a new nickname at work, ‘Patient Zero’. I seem to be the source of most office-based contagions lately, my personal belief being that I no longer have any resistance to UK germs and as a result manage to contract whatever is going and then introduce it into our open plan office. For some reason, nobody seems to like this type of gift. The duty free Cadbury’s is much more popular.
So now the ‘Happy New Year’s are over* and thoughts turn to buckling down to some of the new year’s resolutions that I started to think of on the flight back from our trip to the UK. For some reason, transatlantic flights always put me in a reflective state of mind. Last year I flew a lot – like, making BA Executive Club’s Gold status with 4 months to spare, a lot – and still every time I boarded a Europe-JFK flight I found myself thinking, planning, and generally feeling inspired. I guess it must be some deep-rooted feeling of homecoming that puts me in that frame of mind, but it happens every time without fail.
I am not really one to make new year’s resolutions. Not necessarily because I won’t keep them, but more because it just seems like too much effort. However, I really can’t fight the feeling of reflection that comes at each new year, and when combined with a transatlantic flight it’s a force that’s too powerful to ignore. So here, without further ado, are some of the not-resolutions that I’ll be trying to focus on this year:
- Do more professional development/training. After a valiant effort to obtain CPD status with the Institute of Direct & Digital Marketing in 2015, which seems to have resulted in a narrow miss due mainly to me spending too much time on planes and not enough time finding conferences/events to attend, I’ve decided that this year I am actually going to prioritize my personal development and even – gasp – pay attention to the CPD tracker during the year so that I don’t find myself with no time to do anything in the final quarter.
- Stay in touch with people better. I often make this resolution. As a classic introvert, I much prefer the text/email/Facebook comment method of interacting with people, I just need to do that more frequently. And also Skype/FaceTime where appropriate. The time difference can be a convenient excuse, and I need to stop hiding behind it.
- Find some interesting dinners to make. Now that M has a significantly different work pattern to me, it’s become very important to find dinners that can be made – quickly – by one of us and eaten by the other a couple of hours or a day later. I’m going to make a concerted effort to find some new recipes before we start to get impossibly bored of the meals in our current repertoire.
- Run more. In the back end of 2015 I started running. Not much, just 5km or so, but running requires such little equipment and can be done almost anywhere, that it’s the ideal exercise for me to work in during my business trips. I want to carry on doing this, and get it into my proper routine. Who knows, maybe I’ll even find a way to squeeze running gear into a carry on along with 3 days’ worth of clothes…
- 40 before 40. A lot of my friends turned 40 last year, and although I have a little way to go myself yet, I did prick up my ears when I happened across a blog post talking about ’40 things to do before I turn 40′. Seeing as the genesis of this blog was a to do list inspired by Mike Gayle’s book ‘The To-Do List’, I think that a ’40 before 40′ seems like the perfect thing to get me back into blogging and also give my life a little focus for the next [redacted] years. I’ll definitely post more about this in the coming months.
So that’s it. That’s where I am right now. Let’s see what 2016 brings. For now, Happy New Year one and all!
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*When is the right time to stop wishing people a Happy New Year? Last Friday I was adamant that would be the last day of it, but I’ve since bumped into or spoken with people for the first time this year and the three words have popped out of my mouth before I’ve been able to stop myself. Perhaps this Friday I’ll give it up. We’ll see.