There is a lot going on now that can derail your focus. For just that reason, distraction is more dangerous now. The world is unsettled, risks are higher, much is unfamiliar and people are on edge. If you allow yourself to drift away from the present moment all these factors can make it an unpleasant experience – much more so than under less chaotic conditions.
The antidote is focus, structure and self-nurturing when you need it. You can make the most of this time by understanding what is going on and keeping yourself in the center of the road.
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A client wrote me yesterday saying things are wacky now. I thought about that and looked up the definition of wacky: absurdly or amusingly eccentric or irrational, strange or unusual. Do you think this definition fits these times? If you do, how do you handle it?
Change eventually necessitates a response. You can’t pretend for very long that change has not occurred. But how do you respond to wacky?! Perhaps the best strategy is to stay grounded, observe, protect yourself and find a way, to your advantage, that gets you through it.
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Do you find yourself drowning in monotony these days? Same people, same environment, not much excitement? Pre-COVID, you may have said it’s time to spice things up and try something new. Your options have changed. There are limitations now that did not exist before. So, what do you do?
One approach is to create something new. You can do this, even in the confines of your present situation. Rather than look to the conditions of the past, look to now. What can you do that is different? Who can you help? What can you write? The possibilities are endless
So, if you are in a “same old” energy, get cracking. ☺ Bring something new into your world!
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Respite: a short period of rest or relief from something difficult or unpleasant
Upheavals in our lives and work need to be recognized and balanced. Are you feeling balanced these days? One way to balance the effects of the changes and chaos the world is going through now is to schedule periodic and regular respites. The number of respites you need usually correlates to the amount of stress you are experiencing.
Create room in your life for respites. They will help you center and are enjoyable as well!
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Are you conscious of the timing for the things you do at work? This can take many forms: when to bring a subject up, when to begin a project, when to introduce a new idea, when to end something or when to take a break. Your sense of timing can be critical to success. Timing involves emotional intelligence, awareness and intuitive abilities.
Assess your own sense of timing. How good has it been in the past? How did timing affect your outcomes? A sense of timing must be cultivated. Observe and correct and you’ll find yourself timing things just right.
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A recent New York Times article, Out Of Office : A Survey Of Our New Work Lives takes an interesting look at now-abandoned offices and how we are doing working from home. Importantly, essential workers and others are still “in the office”. Gratitude for them and all they are doing.
Are you in or out of the office? For those out of the office, there have been changes and adjustments. Some like the freedom and others miss the camaraderie of their former offices. One element of all this is that changes are ahead. We have begun an adjustment period, even though the future remains pretty much unknown.
Use this time well. Observe and be alert. Find clues of what’s to come. Set your preferences for what you want your future workplace to be.
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In times of uncertainty, it is natural to crave certainty. The mind is very good at giving you a sense of safety that often is a false one. The unknown is the unknown and right now the world is engulfed in it.
Have you convinced yourself that something is going to happen that will eradicate your present discomfort with uncertainty? Perhaps that you’ll be back working in your office soon and things will be as they were, your children will be back at school for good or there will be a vaccine next month. Yes, it’s helpful to have a sense of hope that what you want will happen; however certainty is an illusion in times like these.
As challenging as it is, getting comfortable with uncertainty is the best thing you can do right now. Stay in the present moment, find ways to cope and instead of waiting, be the best you can be in these times.
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In some circumstances, we say we are in a project or partnership for the long haul. What’s going on is that we are making a commitment to stick with something. It is our choice and agency to do so. These days, it is dawning on us that we may be in this COVID-altered world for the long haul in the United States. It is not within our full choice or control.
Since this possibility exists and the changes we are experiencing are significant, it does not hurt to think out the best way to navigate this time. Many of us are trying to get back to “normal”. It no longer exists. We live in an altered world and we best accept that. Giving some thought to being in this situation for the long haul can increase your chances of success and fulfillment in the future.
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When things around you are in flux, uncertainty and dissolution, it is a challenge to stay focused and productive. One thing that can help is having an aim. Having an aim aligns your energy in pursuit of a concrete outcome. It gives you purpose and is a good buffer against distraction.
Are there specific things you must accomplish this week? These things can become your aim. Decide when and how you will get them done. Create ways of reminding yourself of your aim. By the end of the week, with your aim accomplished, you will have created some stability and momentum for getting things done, as the new week beckons.
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Some clients have been mentioning to me that they are losing track of days. That’s understandable. Work spaces, work routines and pacing have all turned upside down. What once was easy may now take some conscious effort. If you are having trouble keeping track of days, start each day recognizing what day of the week and calendar date it is. Then, you know where you are and can proceed with your work day.
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