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Be prepared for loadshedding: There are positive outcomes from power outtakes, such as being organised for the next scheduled blackout. (parent24, iStock)

 

I’m surprised there’s a word and a system for the scheduled outtake of power supply: Loadshedding.

Unless you live it you will never understand what it means to have such important supply as electricity cut off.

But, it’s not all bad.

 

How loadshedding can change you for the better

 

You become more organised.

Ah, you think you can take it easy and burn the midnight oil on that presentation? Not so fast: There’s probably loadshedding on and no electricitý to power your technical equipment.
Knowing when loadshedding is going to happen is a new form of being organised.
Of course, there’s an app for that. But if you don’t use mobile data, and instead connect your phone to wifi, that too will be switched off during loadshedding.
You need to check ahead, early enough to not be caught out.
So just to be on the safe side, revert back to the good old print out. Have your loadshedding schedule handy in an easy to access place. Make it a habit to regularly check for upcoming blackout periods.

 

You learn to plan ahead.

Loadshedding is not so bad when you’re prepared.
There’s quite a tick list of things to do before loadshedding begins.
Starting with stocking up on all sorts of goods, from batteries to gas cooker, to prepping hot water for tea or coffee, and ending with switching off all appliances on the main plug.
If you get it all done in time, you can clap yourself on the shoulder.

 

You become more efficient.

You better get that report done before loadshedding begins. That’s a serious hard core deadline, because when the electricity switches off, that’s it.
From trying to turn off the PC in time for when loadshedding kicks in, to trying to get your work done before your laptop’s battery runs out.
Quite good incentives to stay focused and get your work done.

 

You get to be inventive.

Any makers and creators out there are finding their own interesting hacks around loadshedding.
A lot can be achieved with LED lights and solar power. You get a feel how much electricity appliances actually consume and what it takes to make electricity.
Necessity is the mother of invention.

 

You become cat-like.

Wow, loadshedding at night.
While maybe a great incentive to get a good night’s sleep, it also trains you in total ninja skills:
Walking around the house in darkness. Making out the slightest sources of light. Outside the moonlight is bright enough. Inside we navigate with heightened senses. Learning the walk to the bathroom by heart. Finding our way with closed eyes.
At the same time you walk light, as to not accidentally run into anything and hurt yourself. Like a cat we are ready to fall on all fours. Like a ninja we keep soft in our knees to prevent any mishaps. Ready for anything.

 

You go back to basics.

Loadshedding brings back the good old ways: 
Making coffee on the gas stove instead of the fancy schmancy plastic polluting coffee machine.
Cooking a dish from scratch instead of heating up a ready meal in the microwave.
Playing a board game instead of a computer game.
Reading a book instead of watching TV.
Going for a jog instead of running on the treadmill.

 

You become more social.

With access to electronics denied, there’s time to do the things our modern lifestyle neglects:
Spouses are talking to each other.
Flatmates cook together.
Neighbours chat on the side of the street.
Friends meet up to do something while loadshedding is on.
Loadshedding provides a break from FOMO and gives opportunities for JOMO.

 

The examples are endless. How has loadshedding affected you in a positive way?

 

#LoadsheddingAgain

 

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We live in fantastic times where work-life balance is even a thing.

A relative new concept from the 1970s / 1980s, work-life balance is the state of equilibrium in which demands of personal life, professional life, and family life are equal.

 

In order to give our private life the attention it deserves, an equally powerful tool like the OPSP can help to keep the focus on what’s important for you personally:

 

A summary of your own goals: One Page Personal Plan

The One Page Personal Plan provides a clear overview of your short-term to long-term goals.

It gives you a birds eye view to see how your different life goals can fit together.

It also boils down your great expectations to achievable steps.

It can help align your goals with the goals of your life partner, – why not do the exercise of filling in the OPPP together.

The process of setting your life goals alone is a big step in your personal development: Do you know what your goals actually are? Do you know how to get there?

 

It feels good to have a direction in life, unless of course you like to live dangerously:

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One of the reasons why we fail to stick to our New Year’s resolutions is because we have unrealistic expectations.

 

There are lots of great examples of realistic New Year’s Resolutions. However, they are quite general. If you want to accomplish your New Year’s resolutions, you’ll need to make your own to be specific and personally relevant to you.

 

How to keep your New Year’s Resolutions realistic

 

–  Break your year down quarterly, monthly, weekly

Take your New Year’s resolutions and break them down into the smaller steps it takes each quarter, month, week to achieve them.

 

–  Use a one page yearly calendar as a goal setting template

Use a large one page yearly calendar to jot down your goals over the course of the year, hang it up clearly visible and easily accessible.

 

–  Fill in your goals backwards

Start with the end of the year and your New Year’s resolutions. Work back to the beginning of the year with the necessary actions and complete the timeline.

 

 

Finally! Some Realistic New Year’s Resolutions that are easy to keep. 😉

#Vision2020

#20Plenty

#20PlentyForAll

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January 19th 2020 is the day people are most likely to give up on their New Year’s resolutions according to new data insights from Strava, the world’s largest sports participation platform.

 

Quitter’s Day

Last year’s Quitter’s Day was January 17 2019, which is now honored as Ditch New Year’s Resolution Day.

Based on global athlete data from 2019 this year’s Quitter’s Day is January 19 2020.

 

Concluding from this global community data, Strava’s tips for extending the New Year’s resolution past Quitter’s Day include:

–  People keep people active: Find a friend or join a club to help keep you motivated. Cyclists going on group rides cover twice the distance of solo rides. One in three weekend activities in the UK is done with at least one other person.

–  Staying consistent: Athletes aiming for three activities a week instead of two tend to be more consistent, resulting in twice as many activities over the year.

–  Goal setting: Athletes who set goals in January are increasingly likely to remain active as the year goes on, and are still active.

 

So push past Quitter’s Day! 

#MondayMotivation

#Vision2020

#20PlentyForAll

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A new year, a new you! This year will be different!

 

It’s easy to dismiss new year’s resolutions as unachievable with the news pounding into us that only an elite few of 8% ever manage to stick to them.

Unlike us ordinary humans who last on average a mere 12 days until we break our annual commitment.

 

So why set yourself up for failure? some would conclude from this.

 

Because something is better than nothing. To start something is better than never giving it a try.

If we need motivation to achieve our goals in the year ahead, then why not get a kick-start from the good old tradition of making wishes for the new year.

While it is lovely to make a wish upon a star, this is also a great exercise to define your path ahead.

 

New Year’s Resolutions that work:

–  Take it easy by choosing one word to inspire your upcoming year.

–  Turn your resolution into a ritual.

–  Set SMART Goals, try CLEAR Goals.

–  Create a One Page Strategic Plan.

 

Happy #20Plenty!

Happy #20PlentyForAll!

 

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A new year!

A new decade!

It’s 2020!

It’s #20Plenty!

In order to get ready for a fresh start we need to learn from our past.

Otherwise it’s just history repeating.

The turn of the year gives us the opportunity to look back and plan forward.

But where to begin? A good start is always to assess the status quo.

There are plenty of resources available to help you process the past year:

You can try A Top Ten List of Year-End Questions.

Here are 50 Year-End Reflection Questions to Help You Review 2019.

Or dive deep with 100 Personal End of Year Reflection and Review Questions.

It’s a great exercise to evaluate the past year on different aspects, some of which you might’ve not considered.

It is in comparison to your last year that you can analyse if you are on the right path that leads you where you want to go.

This helps to put adjustments in place to stay on course of your overall goal.

Hopefully the new year will bring you closer to your dreams!

Happy #20PlentyForAll! 

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I love how these positive affirmations for the upcoming year are going viral.

It’s a creative play on words that also gives the new year a theme.

 

Last year we were invited to a Happy #20SHINETEEN.

 

This year we can look forward to a #20Plenty.

 

Of course a rather controversial outlook in times of extremely limited resources with the world population consuming as much as 1.7 planets Earth a year.

 

But also a really lovely idea: If there was plenty for everyone…

If all the rich people (Yes, that’s us, having the means to read this blog makes us part of the priviledged.) could give up just a little bit of their consumerism and convenience, learn to be more modest, actively making a change by supporting good causes such as refusing plastic and boycotting evil corporates, if just…

If just we could make the change happen that there is plenty for all.

 

Here’s to hoping for a better world in a new decade.

 

Happy #20PlentyForAll!

#BeTheChange

#Vision2020

#20Plenty

#20PlentyForAll

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