Turn lock down into a personal development opportunity

2020-04-08 06:01

AS our country prepares for 21-days of lock down, Cindy Norcott, owner of award-winning specialist recruitment agency, Pro Talent, encouraged individuals to stay positive and to turn this time into a personal development opportunity.


• Rest, re-calibrate, calm down and reinvent.

• Have a routine every day.

• If you are working from home, get dressed into work clothes.

• Start off each day with one question – What is my purpose today? What is the one thing that will make today great?

• Write down three things that you are grateful for that you were not grateful for yesterday. This will help you focus on the positives.

• Each day do one good deed for someone else – this will help you take your focus off yourself and your own problems and concerns.

This could be a call to someone who is lonely.

It could be a small financial donation to a charity.

It could be collecting your old clothes and household items for charity etc.

• Do some exercise every single day.

• Pray or meditate every day.

• Write in your journal every day.

• Set your goals for the rest of 2020 and work on this document every day – create a separate page for each of the separate parts of your life: health, relationships, financial, career, personal development, social life, home, family, community, spiritual, travel, hobbies and interests, community.

• Read a business or motivational book.

• Read the Bible daily.

• Limit TV viewing to a maximum of two hours a day.

• Limit screen time on your phone to one hour a day.

• Each day connect with one person telephonically who you would not normally call, in order to check up on them and see how they are.

• Watch one Ted Talk per day.

• Spend quality time with your immediate family each day, play a game, have deep meaningful conversations.

• Cook together.

• Have a nap every afternoon.

• Stay off sugar.

• Get 20 minutes of sunlight per day.

• Do something creative.

• Spring-clean one small area of your home each day and throw away absolutely anything that no longer serves you. This crisis is a lesson in humility and abundance.

Can you find 3 items per day to donate to charity? By the end of the 21 days, you will have 63 items.

• Be silly, find your sense of humour and laugh every day.


• Don’t share or promote anything online that is not verified or that is negative or that promotes panic.

• Don’t moan, groan, grumble and complain.

“We are all in this together. Make a decision to be an agent of positivity in this time. Imagine how you will feel in 21 days if you follow this,” she added.

— Supplied.


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