3 Ways to Use a Period of Self-Isolation to Prepare for Self-Reinvention

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As of this writing, much of the world’s population is undergoing self-isolation, in connection with the COVID-19 epidemic.

At first glance, a period of self-isolation may seem like an entirely detrimental thing. It likely interferes with your professional life in one way or another, it prevents you from socialising in the way you would usually do, and it presents a broad array of limits and obstacles of other sorts, too.

In fact, though, what at first seems to be a curse might in some sense be a blessing in disguise – because a period of seclusion can be an excellent way of initiating a process of self-reinvention, both personally and professionally.

Here are some tips on how to use a period of self-isolation to prepare for self-reinvention.

Refine your professional and personal goals for the future, and reflect on them a lot

You’ve probably heard words before, to the effect that: “if you don’t know where you’re going, you’ll never get there.”

It might be more accurate to say: “if you don’t take control of the journey, you’ll likely end up somewhere you don’t want to be.”

Having professional and personal goals is essential for ensuring that your actions have coherence, and that they build on top of one another in a productive way, and lead you in a broadly positive direction.

That being said, many people – even entrepreneurs – frequently get into the habit of essentially stumbling forward either without any real goals, or with outdated goals that they haven’t refined and kept current in light of changing circumstances.

A period of self-isolation is the perfect opportunity for doing some serious contemplation on your personal and professional goals for the future. Clearly visualise what it is you want to achieve. Consider different contingencies. Articulate those goals as clearly as you can, and create broad outlines for action. Then, reflect on those goals more and more to refine them further and further.

Investigate the logistics of direct actions you can take in the near future

If you’re stuck at home, you will obviously be limited in the range of actions you can take right now in order to reinvent yourself either personally or professionally.

But, you can certainly investigate the logistics of various direct actions and strategies, and can plan accordingly, so that you’re ready to “explode forth” when things get back to normal.

Your research may involve finding reliable self storage solutions that may have a professional application. Or, it may involve a marketing action plan for generating new leads.

In any case, be primed and ready to go.

Organise your home environment, and spend a good deal of time in quiet contemplation

Keeping a broadly tidy and organised home environment is a great way of maintaining a sense of control and structure during otherwise uncertain times.

Beyond that, though, organising your home, and also finding a good deal of time for quiet contemplation, can help you to calm your thoughts, engage in meaningful “discussions” with yourself, refine your values, and get a clearer sense of the kind of person you want to be.

Busy day-to-day life often doesn’t allow much scope for silence and contemplation, meaning that we rarely practice the degree of healthy introspection we perhaps should. Now is a great time to change that.

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