Starting this year of 2020 my focus was on “balance”. As a person who enjoys work, and lots of it, maintaining a work/life balance has sometimes been challenging. The balance for me doesn’t mean equal parts, but I know that any strength when over-used becomes a vulnerability.
So now we have all been hit by Covid-19 restrictions and, interestingly, I’ve noticed that my focus has changed. Rather than striving to maintain balance, I have come to appreciate the value of the concept of “sufficient”.
The enforced pause has resulted in many people acknowledging that this is an opportunity to reconnect with themselves in a way they may not otherwise have made time for. Through the uncertainty around employment, economy, and health, there is a chance to re-evaluate what is enough. Echoes of the past, which may have driven you towards longer hours, harder work, greater financial goals, can be reviewed. A realignment with your life values could see your goals shifting in a new direction. Or perhaps, like me, the goal remains the same but the reasons for achieving it have subtly unfolded with a potentially more meaningful and sustainable focus.
As you make plans for when restrictions are lifted consider, too, how your life principles may have shifted and what you can do to support the insights you gain during these unprecedented times.
Ask yourself these key questions: