Boredom may seem harmless, but beware – it can derail you. Boredom gets you restless, with no place to go. Your mind and emotions can wander to unproductive places. It can keep you out of the present moment and throw you back to the past or into an ill-defined future.
How can you avoid boredom and keep yourself energized? Here are some suggestions:
• Structure your day. Schedule tasks throughout the day that stimulate you in blocks of time, so boredom can’t set in.
• Investigate the cause of your boredom. Do you have enough to do? Are present conditions because of the virus limiting you in ways you were not limited before?
• Find one new thing to do each week. Stay with the things that resonate with you.
• Have a plan to get yourself out of boredom if it sets in (e.g. take a walk)
• Keep your life and work balanced so your center is not hard to find.
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Discernment: the quality of being able to grasp and comprehend what is obscure; the ability to judge well.
If there ever was a skill for these times, discernment is one of them. Amidst change, there is so much to decide. Your ability to choose well is crucial to your balance and happiness. Discernment requires you to be present to the choice you face, to carefully examine the situation before you and to have the ability to make a choice when there are unknowns involved.
How would you rate your powers of discernment? Sharpening this skill will create ease and improve your life and work.
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When weather or another obstacle changes a river, it naturally finds a new flow. It may have to carve new territory or forge through soil, rocks or higher elevations. We can follow the river’s lead in this time of change.
Do you feel you have a smooth flow to your life now? What has changed? Are you trying to push past obstacles unsuccessfully? Are things backing up, causing you frustration? Try creating a new flow. What do you need physically, mentally and emotionally to thrive in these times?
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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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