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Published September 15th 2020
Looking after number one and dreaming of the future
Sue likes catchy phrases to promote her self-care concepts. Image courtesy of Paperclip Professional Organisers.
During the pandemic, the need for home-based work skills has increased. So, the Self-Care and Dreaming on during Covid workshop hosted on 15th September during the evening Australian time was a super way to learn one or two main skills required. Hosted by Sue Glasser as part of her business Paperclip Professional Organisers, the workshop is a permanent fixture in her many events that she promotes online. To confirm, the workshop is a group activity. The workshop promotes two main ideas - self-care (involved how to better take care of oneself) and dreaming on (which is the ability to work on a dream in life). The workshop was run on Zoom meetings platform and involved being on a webcam, therefore important to have a good webcam (built-in or external) to interact effectively, although Sue could probably accommodate microphone only, she encouraged and preferred people to be on camera to boost the interaction aspect of the event. This workshop started with Sue introducing herself and then onto the sub-topics of the two main ideas.
For the introductory exercise, we got to write ourselves a letter of gratitude, which basically was a brainstorm about why being grateful in this period of stress (the pandemic) is a useful thing. Sue likes to emphasize the self being very important and likes to back herself up with mentions to psychology and use catchy phrases such as "what gets scheduled gets done" regarding schedules and structuring tasks. After Sue briefly introduced herself, some gratitude brainstorming and some ideas mentioned we moved on to the first main topic which is self-care.
Sue's self-care ideas consisted of learning, food, exercise, connection, sleep, activities, schedule time. Regarding learning, she likes to encourage learning new things and that gives more to share. Food choices are about concepts such as you are what you eat, and we started to realize to structure our lives better, such as eating habits. She has good advice about going to gym and walking, about with exercise one can get more consistent at it, but it's easy to quit if one is too intense at the start of a program. She mentioned scheduling and connections, where connecting to other people is very important for a person's sense of happiness. Activities mean to reignite a hobby and sleep was important in self-care and she had much advice on that by advising to set the scene for sleep, get restful sleep and be mindful of not using the phone before sleep. It's also great to evaluate as you go along and that helps build healthy actions - it helps to see if it is working to structure things better.
Sue uses different topics as part of self-care organizing.
Some further ideas were discussed prior to the dreaming on part of the presentation. They were based on an exercise using her self-care chart where we picked some self-care ideas and worked on the what-when-how strategy for adding them to our free time or self-time. Sue gave the attendees plenty of time to get some responses down and was very good at facilitating and hosting the meeting, giving everyone a chance to speak and with balanced participation.
Activity sheet from workshop, courtesy of Paperclip Professional Organisers.
The dreaming on phase of the workshop required the group to work on their own dreams. This could be a half-year or up to a ten year (or beyond) timespan where once that time has elapsed, if there were no limiting factors, then that dream is what you would want out of life, or where you would want to be. The group took some time to write the dreams down for three timespans and shared two of these. I found sharing this fairly easy and the other members were quite thoughtful and open about their ambitions, which thanks to Sue, everyone felt comfortable in this small group (it had about four to five people if you include my attendance).
Promotional Banner for Paperclip Professional Organisers.
I then received a professionally written follow up email the next day (during business hours of course - Sue likes a lot of structure in what she is doing), and in that email, Sue mentioned my participation, her inspirations and some extra chances to participate. Paperclip Professional Organizing has a number of products for getting people to be more organised and structured - especially in terms of working at home. As someone who often needs to think along these lines, I really appreciated the workshop and what Sue was communicating - Sue was a kind and thoughtful person who could communicate her ideas effectively. She made people feel comfortable to discuss their problems around structuring their home work-life and therefore I was very happy to attend and quite inspired overall from the event. Her small business concept's relevance to a pandemic situation is quite remarkable.