What habits do you want to continue coming out of the pandemic? What activities do you want to change coming out of the pandemic?
Our habits were obliterated during the pandemic and that may present an opportunity to write a better story in our lives.
Behavioral scientists have long known that times of disruption and transition also create new opportunities for growth and change. Disruption can come in many forms, and it happens when life knocks us out of our normal routines. It can be moving to a new city, starting a new job, getting married or divorced or having a child. And for many of us, there’s never been a bigger life disruption than the pandemic, which changed how we work, eat, sleep and exercise, and even how we connect with friends and family.
Dr. Milkman and her colleagues have found that we’re most inclined to make meaningful changes around “temporal landmarks” — those points in time that we naturally associate with a new beginning. New Year’s Day is the most obvious temporal landmark in our lives, but birthdays, the start of spring, the start of a new school year, even the beginning of the week or the first of the month are all temporal landmarks that create psychological opportunities for change.
Need a reset?
Today in health, it using the emerging end of the pandemic to make a new start. My name is bill Russell. I’m a former CIO for a 16 hospital system and creator of this week. And. It a channel dedicated to keeping health it staff current and engaged. HealthLeaders is my company. I provide executive coaching for health leaders around technology in it. If you want to learn more, check out health lyrics.com. All right. Here’s today’s story.
Judy Kirby and executive recruiter in healthcare friend and former guests of this week in health. It shared this New York times story on social media
and the story is, need a pandemic reset. Try this 10 day challenge. And on Fridays, I stray a little from the day-to-day health it stories and share things that catch my attention and this story did.
So, let me share with you some excerpts. , studies show that moments of disruption offer unique opportunity to set and achieve new goals. If there was ever a perfect time to make a life change, this is it. Behavioral scientists. Have long known that times of disruption and transition also create new opportunities for growth.
And change. Disruption can come in many forms and it happens when life knocks us out of our normal routines. It can be moving to a new city, starting a new job, getting married or divorced, having a child
and for many of us, there’s never been a bigger life disruption than the pandemic, which changed how we work, eat, sleep, and exercise. And even how we connect with friends and family. .
A lot of this article is based on a book that Katie milkmen a professor at Wharton school wrote. And the title of that book is how to change the science of getting from where you are to where you want to be. . Dr milkman and her colleagues have found that we’re most inclined to make meaningful change around temporal landmarks. These points in time that we naturally associated with new beginnings, new year’s day is the most obvious temporal landmark in our lives. But birthdays, the start of spring, the start of a new school year, even the beginning of a week, or the first of the month are temporal landmarks that create.
Psychological opportunities for change in one study, Dr. Milkmen found that students were most likely to visit the gym around the start of the week, the first of the month following birthdays or after school breaks. Another study found that when people were advised to start saving money in a few months, they were less likely to do so than a group of people told to start saving money around their birthday.
The birthday group saved 20 to 30% more money.
Although the pandemic is far from over for many people that lifting of restrictions and getting vaccinated means planning vacations and returning to more normal work and school routines.
It’s exactly the kind of psychological new beginning that could prompt the fresh start effect said Dr. Milkmen and that’s what she’s going to talk about. She’s going to talk about these routines or as we call them habits. And that’s what the reset is really about.
As the pandemic recedes. Some people are worried that the past year’s lockdowns restrictions and time at home was a missed opportunity. And some people have communicated that to me. Some people feel like they just muddled through , the year and, , they didn’t feel like they use the time in a meaningful way. And the article goes on while some people did develop healthy new habits during the pandemic lockdowns. It’s not too late. If you spent your pandemic days, just getting by the good news is that the end of the pandemic is probably a more opportune time for.
Meaningful change . Then when you were experiencing the heightened anxiety of lockdowns. So what’s your next chapter? It goes on.
One of the biggest obstacles for change has always been the fact that we tend to have established routines that are hard to break, but the pandemic shattered many people’s routines setting us up for a reset. Dr. Santo said, we’ve all just changed our routine so much. She said, I think many of us have realized during the pandemic that some of the things we were doing before, COVID-19, weren’t the kind of things that were leading to a flourishing in our lives. I think many of us were realizing that aspects of our work and family life.
And even our relationships probably need to change if we want to be happier. And so they go on to talk about this fresh start challenge while the start of a new chapter. Is a great time for change. The pages will turn quickly. Now that we’re emerging from the restrictions of pandemic life,
social scientists say it’s an ideal time to start thinking about what you’ve learned in the past year.
What are the habits you want to keep and what parts of your pandemic life do you want to change? We have a limited window to deliberate about it because pretty quickly we’ll have a new pattern established and probably want to rethink it again. After a while.
So this article came out on May 11th and they issue a 10 day challenge. , joined the fresh star challenge and what they did is you could text them and then they would text you a message for 10 days that caused you to rethink your habits, rethink what you were doing. And I’m going to share some of those with you just at a high level. I highly encourage you to find this article to read these. Maybe even sign up for this. If you want to go through this process
day one, they asked you to evaluate how are you really doing day two? Let’s have an exercise snack instead of grabbing that snack. Go walk or something to that effect, day three, try a fierce meditation day four, ask a connection question. , day, number five, resist your technology.
Which is great. Put down your technology. Not right now because you’re listening to this podcast, but put it down. Day six meditate on the go day seven, brush your way to a new habit. And what they talk about is you brush your teeth every day. While you’re doing that, perhaps your meditate, perhaps you do some other things.
Day eight, take a gratitude photo, take a photo. Every day have something that you are thankful for. Day number nine hug just a little bit longer. Not so that it’s weird, but just a little longer and day 10. Give yourself a break. That’s all from the story. , let’s do this. We can do this together. I evaluate it, how I did through the pandemic with the help of those around me and on several fronts, it was a good reset for me. And on other fronts, I took steps back. The COVID 10 became the COVID 15 for me. That’s pounds. If you’re wondering.
My exercise habit was almost non-existent. Relationships were a strength for me during the pandemic, as I was able to re-establish connections, make new ones and strengthen relationships with those closest to me. I was more intentional about calling people and just checking in. And I’d like that to continue.
I was a person that traveled extensively for work during my career, sometimes traveling 42 weeks in a single year. That’s my personal high, although it wasn’t my personal high. If you know what I’m getting at, , I’ve had more mine time and strategy sessions around my personal mission statement and my business goals and objectives during this time.
this is the fourth year of this week in health. It, and we have mapped out areas of growth, which the launch of this podcast was one of those areas. We’ve added three wonderful ladies to the staff. Who’ve all brought their talents and ideas to the team and moved it forward. But now we’re coming out of the pandemic. Over 50% of the adult population has been vaccinated even more have also had the virus. . This is another marker that we can plan around.
What do you want your life to look like coming out of the pandemic? What habits are you going to establish to ensure that you create that life?
My executive coach introduced me to this thought of a character driven life versus a plot driven life. A plot driven life is one. That life just happens to you. You get to a certain age and you go to school and then you get to a certain age and you get married. Then you get to a certain age and you have kids and you just follow the plot that has been written for you.
And he talked about this idea of a character driven life, which is to decide what kind of life you want to live and create that life. And his coaching over the years has really helped me to stay away from that plot driven life. And to really decide what do I want my life to look like now? I realize not everybody has that opportunity.
But for those of us who do. You should take advantage of it. You’ve been given great opportunities in this country. And in the world that you live in and in this industry,
and we should take advantage of that. We should be intentional about what we want our lives to look like both in how we interact with this world and how we give back to this world. All right. That’s all for today. Thanks for listening. By the way yesterday, we set an all new record for daily downloads of this podcast. Weekly run rate, 30 day 90 day run rate, all trending, significantly higher that and your notes via social media and email bill it this week and health it.com are what keep us going over here.
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