At the end of January, I got that only-too-familiar feeling of panic. Another month had gone by, and as far as I was concerned, I’d achieve absolutely sod all.
We’re already a month into 2020, I was thinking, and I’ve just been sitting around, twiddling my thumbs, being a bit useless, professionally and personally.
But then I caught myself. I challenged myself. I said that if I was going to berate myself for being a spectacular under-achiever, then I better bloody well present some evidence to that effect.
And, surprise surprise, when I actually sat down with a pen and paper and thought about everything I had done since the clock struck midnight on New Year’s Eve, I proved myself to be utterly wrong. Been known to happen.
I wrote down 20 things, big and small, that I’d achieved in January.
I shared it in an Instagram caption and got some lovely comments, and it gave me a massive boost.
Having written the things I’d achieved down meant I had actual evidence to show the little voice in my head that enjoys explaining to me how I’m wasting my life.
And I’ve got a sneaky suspicion that I’m not the only one who doesn’t acknowledge their own achievements. That ignores all their own hard work and is convinced that they could always be doing better.
So I’ve decided to make #20things2020 a monthly thing. At the end of every month, I’ll be posting on Instagram with a list of 20 things I’ve achieved or done, from the seemingly insignificant to the momentous.
And at the end of the year, I won’t be able to justify the customary pre-New Year what-am-I-doing-with-my-life panic to myself, as I’ll have hard evidence that I have, in fact, achieved 240 things.
And I’d love you to join me. After all, everything’s more fun if you’ve got company!
If you’re the same as me and tend to underestimate your own achievements, then why not share 20 things you achieve or do during every month of 2020? They can be absolutely anything, however tiny or earth-shattering.
Here’s the original Instagram post for a bit of inspiration:
There’s still time to catch up on January whilst it’s fresh in your mind, or you could get started at the end of February.
Just use the hashtag, and leave me a comment to let me know you’re up for it. I can’t wait to see what you’ll get up to.