Happy New Year! I hope your January is off to a fab start!
Although… if it hasn’t started off with as much gusto as you had hoped, just know you’re not alone.
Yesterday is what we often call Blue Monday – the second Monday after the new year, and what many call the most depressing day of the whole year. But you know what? Some of us may be feeling like, “Blue Monday? How about Blue Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday too?”
This is because at this time of year we often get caught up in the glamour and fun of New Years resolutions, business plans, and super good intentions for the new year (I know I do!).
This is also the time of year when SO. MANY. PEOPLE. think that they’ve failed already if they haven’t kept up with their resolutions, business plans, or intentions. Yes, I’m in this boat too!
When that second week in January hits, the high of the holiday and the New Year wears off, and the January Blues set in, I just KNOW I’m not the only one who has to pull up their socks, readjust their expectations, and make a conscious choice to just keep going.
Because let’s face it, January isn’t the most fun month of the year.
As someone who was born in January, I’m allowed to say this!
It’s dark (at least, it is in Canada!), it’s cold, it’s rainy, there’s snow, the sky is grey for weeks on end. I want to say No Thanks and bail on the whole scene, but alas, this is where I live so I need to make it work for me.
There are a few ways in which I’m choosing to combat the January Blues, and I’d like to take a moment to share them with you, giant coffee in hand.
In my personal life, some ways I’m choosing to tackle the January Blues are:
- I’m making a LOT of plans with friends. In fact, I have multiple activities with friends planned each week. This forces me to not only get out of my house, but when I spend time with my besties, it takes my mind of the fact that I’m freezing cold and have cabin fever. This past Saturday, we helped our friends paint 5 rooms in their new house! It’s not the most fun thing to do, but it was a physical activity, time spent with good friends, and there was food, drinks, and good music. I felt so much better after being physically productive for 5 hours strait!
- I light a bazillion candles in my house every evening. Fire hazard? Definitely. But I don’t care. It makes my house feel so cozy that I don’t have any desire to be anywhere else! I buy my dripless candles in bulk from Ikea and it’s glorious.
- I got a gym membership and paid upfront for 3 months so now I have to go. I’m making it 3 if not 4 times a week. Again, this forces me out of my house and into the city for the morning. If I don’t have phone calls after (like on Fridays), I can spend the rest of my morning in the city, working in a cafe, or just walking around and checking out the scene. This is probably one of my favourite new winter habits. Thankfully I started this one in October, so it is definitely habitual at this point.
- I’m also taking two additional extra curricular activities: pottery and yoga. I’m out of my house almost everyday, and the difference in how I feel in palpable.
- I invested in the warmest woolies EVER. Smartwool leggings and long sleeved top. Nothing like 100% wool to ensure you’re warm when you venture out for a winter walk.
- I’m trying to get outside in the fresh air once per day, even if it’s only for 15 minutes and it’s -20 degrees Celsius out.
In my business, I’m tackling the January Blues by doing the following:
- When we arrived home from our trip overseas, Jarrett and I were both sick (hello airport germs!) so instead of pushing through like I usually do, I gave myself permission to shift my calls to the following week, thus giving myself some more days to rest. The worst thing I can imagine doing is having a client call while being sick and then not being able to give my clients my best energy. Not worth it. So I shifted my calls.
- One of my friends recently noted that she try to start her work in January in the second week after the holiday instead of the first, since she knows she usually hits a lag time right after the new year. I will definitely be taking a page from her book next year, so I added it to my January 2019 calendar already. Yes, I like to plan ahead!
- I readjusted my work calendar so that I’m only taking phone calls and meetings on Tuesdays and Wednesdays (again). My Mondays and Fridays are blocked off as flex days, and Thursday is my quiet work day, where I can work on my own business and writing projects, work in coffee shops, listen to music, being productive but on my own terms.
- I took a look at my workplan and readjusted my expectations with regards to my project timelines. At this time of year when I’m feeling the weather and cold in a big way, that last thing I want to do is set myself up for failure. Mismanaged expectations (your own and those of others) are the root of all things bad.
Your turn! How has January impacted you both personally and business wise? Is there anything you’re doing to help yourself out? Are you someone (like me and many others) who are affected my the gloomy winter weather?
I’d love to hear from you about your experience!