Start the New Year with a Retreat and Resolve

Happy New Year Everyone!

Having resolutions can help you accomplish your goals. For the next few blogs, I will focus on areas where we all can improve. To get it all started we need to first take time and decide on our goals and objectives.

As a working mother it is hard to take a few days to relax and plan so here are a few ideas on how to take a mini-retreat in the middle of our busy lives:

During Sports Practice: This is my favorite time of the day. I use the time to exercise, listen to online courses, TEDTalks, parenting videos, etc. Now I am also going to add goal setting and planning to this list. The first 45 mins I will exercise and then take the rest of the 45 mins to set a goal and plan.

I have a solid four hours per week of planning!

It took me a while to realize the value of this time. Now that I have realized it’s value I used it productively. I was able to complete two online courses from Stanford using my time wisely.

During Business Trips: I love the fact that I have focused time on the plane. I use this time to think. What are the current challenges I am facing, what is within my control and what steps do I need to take? I also use this time to connect with my friends and collogues.

This adds up to at least ten hours per trip of thinking and connecting.

During Lunch: As a remote employee, this time, is mostly ignored, and I continue working. I am hoping to change that. I plan on either doing yoga, painting or meeting a friend for lunch during the break. This will be part of my mini-retreat.

This adds up to five hours per week of relaxation.

Sunday Nights: I like football, but the rest of my family loves football. So while they are enjoying what they love, I enjoy what I love. After we are done getting ready for the week, I retreat to my space and do what I feel like doing without any guilty. There are always nights when I sneak in and watch the game.

Summer: WeWork has a summer camp for telecommuters and entrepreneurs—what a brilliant idea! Attending the camp is on my to-do list. I think it will be great to connect with other telecommuters. It helps create a bond and a relationship of mutual understanding.

Time is the most valuable resource make the best of the time we have been given. If you have other ideas that have worked for you. Please share: