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Positive thoughts from Lockdown #5



This week, my positive thoughts include:


馃挅 tips on how to achieve your goals in the week ahead;


馃挅 my realisation that I don't actually want my daughter to go back to school yet;


馃挅 advice on how to be kind (including a video guide, and a free guided meditation audio);


馃挅 and some (hopefully amusing) musings on what we're all buying in lockdown.


I hope you find them inspiring and supportive!



1. 鉁达笍 WHAT DO YOU WANT FROM NEXT WEEK? 鉁达笍


Lockdown is a journey, not a destination.


So what do you want to achieve next week?


Three different approaches to try:



1锔忊儯 Eat That Frog


What's the thing that is hanging over you, the thing you always procrastinate about?


That's your "Frog".


As Mark Twain said,


"If it's your job to eat a frog, it's best to do it first thing in the morning. And if it's your job to eat two frogs, it's best to eat the biggest one first."


So get it done this week.



2锔忊儯 Your "One Thing"


What's the "one thing" that if you did it would make the biggest difference?


This is based on the 80/20 rule: 80% of our results come from 20% of our actions.


So really focus on doing the 20% that makes the biggest difference.



3锔忊儯 Your mindset


How do you want to feel this week?


Motivated, calm, positive, energised?


Set that as your goal.


Remind yourself when you wake up:


"today I choose to be calm".


Stick a post-it on your laptop, schedule it in your calendar, put alarms on your phone.


What you choose to focus on will grow.


馃敟 So what's your frog/ "one thing"/ mindset goal next week?




2. 鉁达笍 THE JOY OF HOME 鉁达笍


[This post was published on Tuesday 21st April.]


Today would have been the start of my daughter's Summer Term.


I'm surprised to realise it - but actually I'm relieved she isn't going back to school yet.


While the last month has been strange...


...it also feels like a golden oasis of family time, in astonishing spring sunshine.


Something we鈥檇 never have had, if we hadn鈥檛 been forced into it.


It reminds me of a line from a Stone Roses song I used to listen to obsessively as a teenager:


"Stop the world, I'm getting off.鈥


Despite its challenges, I鈥檓 not quite ready to lose this closeness yet.


I know it's a lot easier for me to enjoy now with a big garden, an already-online business, and a retired husband to help.