Do you like making New Year’s resolutions? For many people the start of a new year offers a tangible point in time to look forward, and to think about where they want to head next. For those of us working creatively with older people, in particular those living with dementia, life can be busy to say the least. Despite that this time of year can still be a perfect moment to make plans focusing on the things you would like to achieve and do in your work in the coming months.
Here is a simple series of questions that may help you to clarify ideas and plans. They work well at the beginning of the year but can be equally useful to return to at any time when you would like to look ahead. As you go through the questions / prompts you may find it useful to write down your answers, and to do so in as much detail as possible so that you really focus upon developing your ideas. If you would prefer to respond verbally could you get a colleague or friend to go through the questions with you and record or jot down your responses. Either way keeping a record of your plans is an excellent way of reflecting upon your aspirations in the coming months. And thinking about how far you have progressed in making them happen.
1. Can you think of one thing that you would really like to do in your activities in the coming months?
This could be big or small but needs to be important to you. For example start a choir, be more organised, get more people involved in a particular activity…etc…
2. Can you think of one thing that you would like to learn to support your activities?
This could be a specific activity like a song or game, or a supporting skill like improving your dementia awareness.
3. Can you think of one thing that you would like to acquire to support your activities? And why?
For example a wireless speaker and a Spotify account, or a bag of new costumes.
NEXT – for each answer ask if there are any challenges / obstacles that could prevent you from achieving your aim. Then consider what you could do to overcome these hurdles.
For example, you would like to do a dementia awareness course but you don’t know where you could do one. You could overcome this by researching courses in your local area, or online.
THEN – think about how you would like your activities / activity programme to look as a result of these things.
FINALLY – decide upon three words that describe your activities as you would like them to be.
When you have decided write them in large letters on a piece of paper. Put this somewhere at work that you can see it so that you can return to it for inspiration on a regular basis over the coming weeks and months.