So, what did I learn?
We have to know what is important. Let Covid be your surgery. Although they are very different, the surgery and virus both had the same power to pull back the curtain and clear the calendar. In the hardest moments of my recovery, I had the most clarity. It was the eye-opening epiphany I never asked for, but desperately needed. For many of us, the life-altering global pandemic did the same thing. It forced us to look at everything differently, and see things in ways we never have before.
Once your view of life is different, your days must also be different. I learned the art of planning for balance. Not your traditional, fill a calendar with dozens of tasks every day, but a well-thought-out, concise, written plan that includes the important parts of work and life. Miraculously, planning has created a sense of freedom I never thought attainable.
Lastly, and this is the most timely lesson, we have to be willing to protect what we know is a good use of our time. There will always be an email to send, a chore to complete, and an event to attend. I’ll take this time to remind you that during the days of lockdown, many people welcomed the opportunity to rest. Just because we can do something, doesn’t mean we have to. It’s ok to say no sometimes. We don’t have to go back to the too-busy life just because we can.
We may be collectively allowing the pandemic to fade into the background of our minds, which is a great thing in a lot of ways, but I urge you to hold on to the good sentiments you felt during that difficult time. Don’t lose the lessons that came with the calendar clearing. Let them shape you and your future.