I like to have goals and plans in place for each day and the years ahead. At the same time, I recognize how important it is to be flexible and adjust to ever-changing circumstances. To seize each day to the fullest, I have to stay both motivated and focused—especially during the uncertainty of a global pandemic. I have plenty of friends who are still working in organizations and businesses that have provided them with opportunities to complete work from home. After ending my formal teaching career, I no longer have others’ expectations governing how I use much of my day. With 24/7 news about how the coronavirus continues to threaten our lives and well-being, it could be tempting to crawl under the covers and shelter in complete isolation until the world returns to some degree of normalcy, which it eventually will. However, if I were to do this, I would lose the opportunity to live my fullest life each day. It is up to me to make the most of each day.
Becoming My Own Task-MasterI am having to be my own task-master to continuously improve my own performance in various areas that are important to me. I’ve had to be more creative about maintaining contacts with business relationships; LinkedIn and Zoom have helped me with this. I am not able to give presentations or conduct F2F workshops, but I have been able to take advantage of other opportunities. Last month, I was invited to be one of the expert guests in a virtual symposium on transitioning into retirement. This month, I will be participating as one of the expert guests for a virtual summit for women over fifty; this summit will be aired in July. (I’ll share more information on this later.) Again, I am learning to adjust and to be flexible.
Exercise for the Health of ItI’m also making sure that I stay on top of my exercise routines. I cannot go to the gym, but I can still walk, jog, and do other exercise routines at home. In addition to my routine walks/jogs of between 5-7 miles per day, I am also incorporating a modified form of a burpee routine. Do you remember those dreaded burpee exercises from high school? Shape Magazine describes the burpee routine this way:
- Stand with your feet shoulder-width apart, weight in your heels, and your arms at your sides.
- Push your hips back, bend your knees, and lower your body into a squat.
- Place your hands on the floor directly in front of, and just inside, your feet. Shift your weight onto your hands.
- Jump your feet back to softly land on the balls of your feet in a plank position. Your body should form a straight line from your head to heels. Be careful not to let your back sag or your butt stick up in the air, as both can keep you from effectively working your core.
- Jump your feet back so that they land just outside of your hands.
- Reach your arms over your head and explosively jump up into the air.
- Land and immediately lower back into a squat for your next rep.
Choosing to Make the Most of Each DayBecause I have the luxury of added time (since I am generally sheltering in place except when outside exercising or shopping when wearing a mask), I can pay more attention to ways I can creatively move forward with my work. I can also pay more attention to my overall fitness. No matter what happens in the future, I have today. I want to make the most of it. What are some ways you are seizing each day?