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    Three things you should be doing in 2022

    Inspiration Editor.

    2022 is the year we are starting to live with a new normal. It’s springboard year to carving our new lives beyond a devastating pandemic. Three habits can help us embark on this journey. Decluttering our mental space, resuming self-development, and compartmentalizing are crucial to being effective at what we do according to various experts as cited below.

    Decluttering your mental space

    New York Times best selling author Marc Chernoff has some advice for us this new year. Number one on his ten-point list of “Notes to self” is the advice to stop taking everything personally. Try not to create space for self-directed interpretations even if people’s actions may seem to be directed towards you. Maya Angelou aptly states: “You may not control all the things that happen to you but you can choose not to be reduced by them.” This is poignant because acknowledging mean things and actions actually legitimises them by giving them a yield which the instigator was seeking in the first place.

    Self-development

    Continuous self-development is a necessity of life. But we know that access and affordability are often stumbling blocks to our self-development. It may be a degree that you need but which is too expensive at present or a mentor that you cannot afford. However, the internet is the equalizer of everything. As Donald Latumahina writes, it is no longer only those who get invited to high-level events that have access to high powered mentors, you too can access them via the internet and select messages relevant to you. In 2022, if there is one thing you have been wanting to improve on but could not afford, start the search for a virtual mentor.

    Compartmentalise!

    Not everything should take up all of your mental space all of the time! Leon Ho, the founder of lifehack.org gives amazing advice on compartmentalizing and why it is important.

    “It often involves creating mental rooms that act as closed spaces. Individuals can do this regularly to avoid getting to a stage where the brain has to do it in defence.

    In these rooms, you put together thoughts that fall under the same category,” he writes.

    “You can also arrange these rooms to your liking. So, the compartment with the negative thoughts that you don’t want to be bothered by is pushed to the furthest corner. The important thoughts or ones that cheer you up can be brought to the front lines.”

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