I don’t know about you but at some point every winter, I turn into a bear-like creature that can barely drag herself out of bed.
It’s a terrible moment for me as a coach: just when I’m supposed to cheerfully lead a new set of clients into creating valuable habits and practices, my own motivation and energy plummets to its yearly, scraping-the-barrel low point.
Russia in my blood - the second in my moveable postcard series
One of my personal tricks for making sure my New Year's Resolutions really happen, is to start them in advance. To this end I've been gearing up for my personal challenge of creating at least one video every month in 2018. I finished this video yesterday - the same day as I finished the third and final postcard.
I love all sorts of fairy tales and mythological happenings such as the ones to be found on Russian folk art lacquered boxes from Palekh. Russia is in my blood - as you'll find out in the video - and the image on the box is based on the poem by Alexander Pushkin, Ruslan and Liudmila).
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Does the thought of doing a review of your creative work and career over the past year give you the shivers?
Then chances are your year didn’t go as well as you’d hoped.
But don’t despair! By asking the right questions, your year review can be a source of energy. It can change the way you view the outgoing year and leave you refreshed and ready for a great year ahead.
But what do I mean by the ‘right questions’?
If you ask me, I’d say yes, I’m productive. I get lots of stuff done.
But like any creative entreprenuer, I easily get caught up in the minutae and lose track of the big picture.
Clearly the problem isn’t getting stuff done. It’s that it’s often the wrong stuff. Busy work that‘s easy to cross off our to do list rather than the important work that falls into quadrant 3 of the Eisenhower Matrix. Important but not urgent.