I know, it’s not even remotely a new thought, but new years really are great opportunities for starting fresh. New calendar on the wall, new appointment book, maybe a new desk item you got as a gift or bought for yourself. It gets you ready for the things you expect and creates a little positive anticipation for the projects to come.
Maybe it’s folklore, maybe it’s acculturation, maybe superstition, but one of the habits I’ve gotten into is making sure that the house is clean, the laundry is all done, the floors are swept, surfaces washed, and the beds have fresh sheets at the end of the old year so that we start fresh January 1.
I do the same with my overloaded, stagnant inbox during the quieter days in December, filing important stuff, flagging things to take care of, and deleting junk.
But now that this new year is finally here, I’m feeling that my old habits are not enough. I want to clean more than just the surface stuff. I want to start the new year with more than just positive anticipation and a clean inbox.
Covid has made many of us feel like we’re in a global-sized waiting room. We’re all waiting for the jumbotron-sized constant newsfeed of infection to subside to zero so we can get back to normal.
But this here right now, this is our normal. The things we expected and the projects we anticipated in the old-normal may come to pass, but it’s more likely that what’s coming will be very different. And we can make it different. We can leave that old junk behind.
I’m ready for creativity. Transformation. Recognizing, appreciating, and borrowing flashes of brilliance that I see in our profession in the ways we could do things and customizing them to serve our own situations and needs. Coming up with cool ideas to innovate.
We’ve been given a rare opportunity to look at the ways that we do business as usual. So instead of doing the same old same old new year entrance, I’ve decided that I’m going to have greater expectations of myself this year and be purposeful about it.
How about you? Are you feeling the same?
I have been told ‘no’ on many occasions and to ‘just do the normal thing’, but we create our own normal,” [Chandi] said. “You are capable of anything you want.” – Preet Chandi, British Army physiotherapist and the first woman of color to ski solo to the South Pole.