They say that as you get older, your perception of time changes and long periods of time seem to pass by faster. Whilst I’m not ‘old’, I still feel there’s a truth in this. I remember when school holidays seemed to be endless. Yet, when it’s come to the last few years, from leaving university to starting a job, time seems to have flown.
Just over four months ago, the new year started with a lots of us setting out with new years’ resolutions. Promising to achieve a goal in one way or another. Here we are now nearly reaching the half way point of the year, and let’s face it – new year felt like only yesterday didn’t it? (It’s that time now where most taxi conversations almost always include “wow it’s that date already” when asking for a receipt.)
For those that did set a target – How is it going with those goals you started out with? After four months, have you achieved them? Or, have you given up? Has it been quick and painless or slow and steady?
2016 was the first year I made New Year’s resolutions. For some of them, what I said would take me a year only took my three months, and for others, well, they’re only just beginning. As proud as I am of the achievements I’ve made, that’s not the point of this blog post…
The point being whilst four months can go in a blip, a lot can still be achieved in that time. People can be hired, people can be fired, health can get better, health can get worse, lessons can be learned, skills can be taught, homes can be moved, habits can be kicked or habits could even be started.
One of my previous blogs was about the butterfly effect; how a small change now could have some impact years down the line. So whilst many of us could have a five or ten year plan, there is a real possibility that even in the next four months that those might get railroaded for one reason or another. My inspiration this post is on Monday, as one of my resolutions this year, I’m going to do something that I wanted to do for a long time and go traveling for four months. One small goal setting for me then changed the entire dynamic of the year ahead; instead of working BAU I was planning handovers, and this gave me an amazing opportunity to review what work I had done, what I had learnt and how to share it with others in the team.
I’m sure that whilst I’m away, in what may seem like an eternity (hopefully for me), these for months might flash by for my colleagues. But yet I know when I come back, so much would have been achieved. A new office, new starters, new website? (no pressure now guys) and I’ll have an amazing opportunity to see the change from an outside perspective again.
So, if this was all to have a conclusion of some sorts… I suppose it’s this: Don’t sit still. If you do, before you know it four months will be over, then another and then a year.
Whilst the time won’t go slow like it used to, we can at least enjoy it by making the most of it and coming out the other end with a smile.
How did it get so late so soon?
Its night before its afternoon.
December is here before its June.
My goodness how the time has flewn.
How did it get so late so soon?
– Dr Suess