It’s that time of the month when I take a break to reflect and evaluate my progress. I am happy to say that April has been one of the most successful and productive months since March 2020. The end of lockdown, being able to do some normal activities, having hopes for the future and start making plans definitely boosted my mood. I was literally counting the minutes!
I’m the same person with the same name, the same face but with a brand new mindset and a different growth game!Cit
Outside lockdown, I think this has a lot to do with my new medications. I had felt so poorly since the start of 2021. I didn’t want to admit it until I rocked bottom and had to take time off from work because my mental health was so poor. I’m getting better at recognising symptoms of my depression, and let me say that this alone is a huge achievent because it was not the case in the past at all! I called the doctor and asked for a different treatment hoping to see more long-lasting effects this time!
It’s incredible how much I can achieve when my mind is clear from negative thinking and problems that only exist in my head! There’s no right or wrong in this, it’s just the way it is. But I am learning how to do better for myself and see my thoughts as mental events and don’t act on my feelings! I guess 3 years of therapy sessions and antidepressants are coming to fruition.
I have been implementing loads of mental shifts since Easter. The most important one was reversing the effect of the lockdown on my physical health. I became a lot lazy and spending time on the sofa became the new normal. To break the cycle of bad habits, I bought new running shoes and committed to run regularly. The weather is improving, it’s a lot warmer than before, and there’s a lot more daylight since we moved to summertime. I am nowhere near the level of fitness I used to be in 2019, but I am more focused on progress than smashing world records.
A journey of 10000 miles starts with one step!
Back in March, I had to prepare my career development plan and write down the objectives I would like to achieve career-wise by the end of the year. Self-assessment and goal planning is one of the best things about my current job. When I was in academia, no one really cared about your professional progress, your mentor was supposed to advise you on the research only. Plus, as long as you produce scientific publications no one really cares. Now, it’s a totally different story. Outside the research excellency, which is a lot more than positive results and good vibes only, I started working on my soft skills. I have been given tasks and I have a clear vision of what I want to do and how to get there. I am so happy to have guidance and mentorship because, when you are given the tools for succeeding, it’s literally impossible to fail or underperform!
When you are given the right tools, failing is impossible!
In my specific case, I have decided to combine the research excellency with my strongest soft skills: influencing and communication. I think this is the best way forward for me to apply the techniques that I acquired through social media marketing to influence people and decisions within my organisation. I think it’s also fair to say that I have been adopting the career planning I used to structure my career to my personal development too. I made loads of vision boards for the future with specific tasks to complete to achieve my goals.
All the colorful planners are helping me to stay focused and track my goals on a daily basis. It’s been a lot of fun and I am happy that I finally found something that works for me and I can stick to! I use a planner as a vision board, one to write down all the things I am proud of during the day and another one as a sort of to-do list so that I don’t forget to pay rent and bills!
To conclude April has been a fantastic month of learning, progress, evolution and alignment and from here, it can only go better!