TNL Mindful Mondays, Episode 4:
In our new minicast That Nursery Life founder Sam Green tackles some of the daily stresses and challenges that early years practitioners face with a mindful approach to help you start your nursery week in a positive frame of mind.
In the fourth of our Mindful Mondays podcasts Sam explores the difficulty of marking progress and achieving our goals, particularly during the timeless drift of lockdown. He shares tips on how to stay mindful of what it is you want to achieve, and how you can keep track of what you need to do in a positive way. Don't forget to give yourself credit for work well done!
Sam Green Hi, how was your weekend? I hope you're feeling rested and energetic for the week ahead.
In this week's episode of TNL mindful Monday podcast, we're going to be thinking about setting goals and counting wins.
Now, I don't know about you, but these days I find it hard to tell where one week ends and the next begins. As lockdown drags on, Saturday night is barely any different from Wednesday night, which is pretty much identical to a Monday.
All in all, it's very easy to find yourself coming to the end of another month, wondering where the time went and what the point of it all was. So my challenge for us all this week is to try and make a conscious effort to mark the start and end of our time at work. In fact, let's go one better and make sure that when we reach Friday afternoon, we're able to end the week on a high.
Now the self satisfaction of achieving a goal is a pretty good way to end a week of work, but there's no hope of achieving a goal unless we set one first. So what are your goals going to be this week?
Perhaps you've got some personal goals you want to reach. You're trying to quit smoking. Do you want to make more effort to speak to isolated family regularly? Have you been meaning to make more effort to eat healthily for awhile now?
Equally you might have some professional goals to achieve at work. Are you working towards your level three qualification and need to get some last skills signed off.
Have you got a key child who is so close to hitting a new milestone and just needs the time and space to make it happen? Is there someone in your team who you know needs some extra support, who never quite makes it to the top of your to-do list? Whatever your goals, write them down right now; I mean it, while you're listening to this, get the notes up on your phone, or turn to a blank page in a notebook and write down three things you want to achieve this week.
Just for the sake of clarity, those of be listening to this whilst operating a car bus bike, or any other form of transport, have permission to remember your goals and write them down later at a safer moment.
Your challenge for the rest of this week is to take a look at those goals at the start of every day. Personally, I find the two minutes I spend brushing my teeth in the morning to be an ideal opportunity to glance at my list of aims and my diary for the day ahead. If you can get into the habit of doing at least one thing, which contributes towards at least one of your goals every day, I promise that you'll have smashed them all come Friday afternoon.
And when you smashed your goals this week, I want to hear about it. You can catch me on Twitter @samgreentnl, or you can email me directly on CEO (at) thatnurserylife.com. Drop me a line at the end of the week and let me know what goals you've achieved and how your week has been in the process.
I'll be there to give you a COVID friendly virtual high five.
Have a great week, everyone!