Such was my productivity over the Christmas break that the intentions of writing a lovely reflective post of 2014 only ever manifested as an idea and never actually inspired much typing energy. When I did muster some typing energy I was mortified to discover that it hadn’t saved out, with my blog post lost I walked away from the laptop defeated, momentarily, before tottering into a world of real life festivities. The blog suffered over the Christmas break.
Now Christmas is over and the Christmas tree at work is still up because no-one has the energy or the heart to take it down. I walk home and it’s kind of half raining but enough to give my hair this au naturelle streaky rat tail look. As I’m walking home, up hill and plodding along before the next hill I’m busy uttering (and occasionally cursing) about January, and what I can do to overcome it. It’s not really the month of giving, January, but I thought I’d give you this one free of charge. (The following may contain some pessimism, my hair’s still wet.)
[custom_heading center=”true”]1) Bite the bullet and get the first gym session out of the way.[/custom_heading]
My mince-pie-laden body was just about able to run down to Southend Pier and back but there was just no way of telling it that it was about to feel burn, and not in a good way. My gym instructor today said I’d feel the burn ‘but in a good way’ – just to confirm, he was lying. The first gym session is always the worst but once you have gotten that metaphorical ball rolling, you can kind of keep on pushing it along throughout January. Just join, book, pack and go.
[custom_heading center=”true”]2) Mince pies are 500 calories.[/custom_heading]
I’m sorry, I’m SO sorry to break this news to people (like me) who have spent their whole life dodging the cold hard fact that mince pies have calories and won’t disintegrate into thin air after a leisurely Sunday walk. When I say in that first point go to the gym, I bloody well mean it.
[custom_heading center=”true”]3) Avoid people who are on a detox[/custom_heading]
It’s a proven fact that detoxes don’t really work. The people on the January-detox hype are the same ones from last year who I remember burning out after Week 2, why? Because the sudden deprivation of key vitamins, food groups or solids isn’t really a long term goal and the whole idea of telling yourself ‘no’ when you see a pub or a chocolate bar is just going to make you want to rebel more. A long term weight loss or get fit goal is making small changes which realistically suit your lifestyle.
[custom_heading center=”true”]4) Don’t buy crackers for next year because their discounted[/custom_heading]
Ok, this was more of a mumble than a solution, that said, I think this might be a self-fulfilling prophecy.
[custom_heading center=”true”]5) It’s acceptable to be useless at work for the first week, and the first week only.[/custom_heading]
Christmas nostalgia is still floating around the office and I’m finding any excuse to revive that nostalgia to conceal the fact that my brain still hasn’t worked out what on earth it’s doing here. Give yourself the whole 5 days to make excuses because realistically your body needs some time to adjust – there actually is some science in it, I hear that social jet lag actually exists. Give your brain some warning of what’s around the corner – February. Just think, February. After week one of being back, everyone will be thinking ahead to 2015 so get into that mindset now.
[custom_heading center=”true”]6) Find a good box set.[/custom_heading]
This has been my best move of the year yet, buying a good set of speakers and finally making progress on Homeland – Season 4, I can’t be doing with my friends shaking their heads at me saying ‘you just need to watch it’. By the end of this month, I will know all of the plot spoilers and hopefully a half-preserved bank balance.
[custom_heading center=”true”]7) If you’re planning to do dry-January, tell people you are[/custom_heading]
I was going to do it on the down low but after day 3 of being invited to the pub, I had to come clean that I was attempting some kind of Dry January – even the words sound pretty terrifying. Telling people will help you stick to this ambitious plan, if you’ve survived this long then get some blaahdy fundraising on your back
[custom_heading center=”true”]8. If you don’t make the change now, then you never will.[/custom_heading]
Christmas is a real opportunity to take a step back from the usual chaos of working Monday – Friday, chasing deadlines and making social commitments. January should give you a new lease of life in many ways but if logical reasoning hasn’t quite cut the grain so far in making this happen, then you should use the calendar month as the reason for embracing change – first month of the year, 11 months to reap the rewards of that change. If something/someone is making you unhappy then now is the time to actually deal with it. In addition to overcoming negative points, make a point of embracing positive things – invest time into that entrepeneurial idea you had or start volunteering at the animal shelter. As a project manager I’ve learnt the biggest part of achieving this is actually doing the first step required to make it happen – fill out the volunteer form or find a business card.
Hope this has helped 😉