It’s the last Thursday of 2020. As I sit here to think about everything that has happened during the year, one feeling I get is how long it seems. We have all had to deal with a lot of stress this year. The Pandemic is still ongoing. We are facing a second wave of infections. 2019 seems like such a long time ago.
Like many of you, I started the year with many ideas and plans. Unfortunately, Corona had other ideas. I endured months of lockdown. By the time the first Quarter was over, I was starting to realise there was no way things could continue as usual. I had to accept my Personal Development Plan for the year had to change. The “New normal” was affecting everyone and everything.
Q2 is over. This is normally the time when you’d do a midyear review of your personal development plan and celebrate your latest successes. Unfortunately, 2020 has not been a regular year for anyone. It is safe to say most people’s plans for the year have been shot. No one planned for COVID-19. You have probably had to adapt to a new way of working. You might have struggled to keep your business afloat and pay your staff. A lot of people are struggling to buy food and aren’t doing much casual shopping. Tailors lamented poor patronage during Ramadan. No one was thinking of making clothes for sallah. Everyone was just trying to survive.
2019 was a very productive year for me. When I first thought of starting Amir Writes, I was not in a very good place emotionally. I had experienced a very challenging ordeal in my personal life and was looking for a way to forget my pain. Writing was something I enjoyed and I hadn’t been doing enough of it. I also had an interest in personal productivity. I decided to start a personal productivity blog.
This was the first time I had decided to take blogging seriously. I set up a website and committed to a weekly schedule. I learnt on the go and had an awesome support network. Friends like Lammy (Hexal Queen) supported me. If you ever need bulk sms services, please check out her awesome platform. Looking back at all that has happened in 2019, I am not sure I would have come so far without encouragement.
Yesterday (15th November, 2019), I left my position as Program Officer for the DakataLIFE program at Paradigm Initiative. When I first joined PI in 2016, I was required to hit the ground running. The 2016A class had already started and I was expected to make sure the class kept running smoothly even while I was having a very quick orientation.