As I look back on 2020 and plan for 2021, I’ve identified the 5 top habits that I’ve formed this year, largely as a result of lockdown though some were high on the list anyway. In no particular order:
I’ve certainly noticed my average intake of sugar increase against last year. I’d put some of this down to being at home more and allowing oneself a treat or a vice (particularly during the first lockdown). In addition, more notable home cooking and Indian food and wine pairings has also seen more home made sweets and desserts.
I’m not beating myself up about this, but consciously aware of it being something to monitor in 2021.
Although exercise has never been off the cards, who and how many people to do it with has been a bit stop start. In both lockdowns, I’ve largely managed a 1-2 mile walk most days which has been highly meditative and perhaps more importantly a break from screen time.
What I’ve enjoyed more however is the longer walks, be it in the countryside or by the canal with a friend(s) which on average has been once or twice a month. This is something I intend to do more of in 2021 and will work to at least twice a month, an extended walk/screen free days.
As I type this, I’m super excited to be expecting a delivery of a few more books to keep me out of trouble. I would normally be reading a lot this time of year anyway, however despite some blips, it is something I’ve been consistent with. Books and articles have been the primary source of digestion this year.
It’s also another year that I’ve contributed and proofread a new release, and been heavily involved in the launch of a book for aspiring salespeople. A riveting experience!
No technology in the bedroom
I was tempted to call this one better sleep, but actually it is such a minor change that makes a massive difference. There’s no doubt been the odd day where I have had a phone next to me, which has led to unnecessary scrolling at ridiculous hours however on balance, I’ve largely slept through the night and woken up naturally on well over 300 days this year.
Definitely something to keep for 2021 - with a conscious decision to try and keep all tech out of the bedroom on an evening unless absolutely necessary. Should I have to invest in a proper alarm clock, this is no bad thing!
Most of you that have been following us this year, will know about this. Yes, there has been one downside as mentioned above - sugar. However, on balance this may be my favourite ‘good’ habit of 2020 - apart from its own health and meditative benefits, its meant I’ve spent some quality time with my parents, learnt some traditional recipes and has led to a partnership with Glass of Bubbly
2020 has no doubt been a year like no other. In strange times, unique things happen and for the reasons above, I’m pretty damn grateful!
Rupa Datta is Founder of Portfolio People, currently reflecting on this year's formed habits