At the beginning of the year I started my Happiness Project. Each month I'm focusing on a different area of my life in order to discover what truly makes me happy. My themes for the year are energy/vitality, work, love, money, friendships, leisure time, health/beauty, passion (blogging), London, attitude and knowledge. For energy/vitality, I broke down the theme of work into five resolutions for February:
Here's how I got on:
Although I'm generally a positive person, I have a tendency to err on the side of caution at work. It's my job to play devil's advocate at times, pointing out potential flaws or barriers that might hinder projects from moving forwards, but that can inevitably lead you into a state of negativity. But instea dof simply highlighting the problems, I made an extra effort to offer potential solutions this month, which left me feeling proactive and had a good impact on the team as well.
Work hard and be diligent
As I mentioned in my previous post, February can be a bit of a slump in terms of motivation for me at work. We're at the end of our objectives, we're tired, we're lacking inspiration, and we have oodles of loose ends to tie up before the new financial year. But rather than dwell on the quantity of work I have, I made an effort to simply crack on and get it done.
Arrive at work for 9am
I spent much of last year commuting two hours each way, which inevitably gave rise to a flustered, late start. I've been rising on time and arriving at work with a spring in my step for 9am, and making a point of sorting my clothes and lunch the night before. It's definitely paid off.
Stay on top of my emails
Leave my inbox for just a couple of days and it really begins to rack up. Unfortunately I'm still wading through the backlog from being off sick for two days, but it's in hand, and I'm definitely feeling more organised as I'm putting aside some time each day to tackle the boring admin side of things.
Keep a to do list
This I've slumped on a little. I have various mini 'to do' lists kicking around, but I've yet to compile them into one mammouth task list. Very difficult when you're running various production schedules with multiple deadlines, but ultimately necessary I feel...
My theme for March is love. Since meeting Frank last year and having a little period of doubt, things have just been getting better and better. Without sounding too cheesy, over the past few months I've fallen head over heels for him, and him for me, which I honestly believe would never have happened if we hadn't had the break-up to give us some perspective.
But I'm under no illusion. As Woody Allen once said: "a relationship is like a shark. It has to keep moving forwards or it dies," and where I've failed in previous relationships to keep the momentum, I'm adamant that this time Frank and I will not slip into complacency.
And so, I've broken down the theme of love into five resolutions that I'm attempting to put into practice during March:
- Quit nagging
- Don't use my boyfriend as an emotional crutch
- Give proofs of love
- Don't expect praise or appreciation
- Pay attention in conversation
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