You are in a challenging time – and don’t have to be told so that is for sure. How are you doing?
It is understandable if you are feeling weary. A lot is being asked of you – to protect your health, rise to huge challenges as an essential worker, adjust to being alone or in a smaller community for large amounts of time, to see aspects of what used to be your normal life fall away.
If you are feeling weary, accept that it is okay to feel that way. Find ways to energize, as you can. In 2017 I wrote a blog post that may be helpful to you now: 10 Things To Do When You Are Feeling Weary.
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Polarity reigns in our politics and opinions these days. It is creating limitations to be aware of: keeping people in silos as far as the information they are exposed to, creating animosity among people with differing views, increasing harmful emotions with no constructive outlet and destroying efforts to build harmonious communities.
Why is this a topic for The Managers Hub? It is inevitable that you bring your attitudes, beliefs and views into your work. They affect the way you interact with people and do your work. Say you are working with someone who has very differing views from you. Harmonious interaction can be obscured by polarity. Tolerance decreases and harmful emotions can arise.
Take a moment to examine how polarized your views are right now. Are they affecting your experience at work? If you can get through polarity to the other side, you will make the world a better place.
I’d enjoy hearing your thoughts on the polarity that exists in our world today.
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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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You are not alone when you interact with others throughout your workday. The nature of your interactions can directly affect your levels of success and fulfillment. Key to having positive and valuable interactions is making space for others. Making space involves emotional intelligence, the ability to listen, respecting all you encounter, allowing for differences and communicating effectively.
Do you consciously make space for others in your daily interactions? It can make a very positive difference. Give it a try!
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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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Take a look back to the end of 2019. How do your life and work compare then and now? Have changes occurred? Which changes do you like and not like? Do you see a need for action on your part to acclimate or adjust to a change?
In times like these, change is inevitable. Best to recognize any changes that have occurred. Then, from the reality of the present moment, you can embrace the new and thrive.
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The world is out of balance now. Hopefully, it will rebalance at some point, but it hasn’t yet. In the meantime, life goes on for you. The balance of your own life has shifted in response to the changes in the world. That means it is time, even with things still unsettled, to find your new balance. What will it be?
To find your new balance, you can determine what is out of balance now in your life and work. What seems out of whack? What is the cause of this imbalance? How can you remedy it? Look at your mental, emotional, inspirational and physical lives. By considering all aspects, you can find your new balance and thrive.
If this photo intrigues you, here is a video about the leg rowing fishermen at Inle Lake in Burma. Masterful balance required!
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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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Bandwidth is a phrase now used to describe your personal capacity for something. Have you felt your capacity being stretched lately? It is helpful to check in every once in a while on whether you are keeping up with your own expectations and those others have of you.
To check your bandwidth, here are a few questions to answer:
• Are your personal needs being met?
• Are you keeping up with work deadlines and your own expectations?
• How are you feeling – physically and emotionally?
• How often do you feel frazzled or stressed?
• Is your life in balance?
In times of change your bandwidth may change as well. Allow yourself to adjust to what is happening now, so that you can keep your performance at its peak.
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You have dealt with the unknown all your life. There are a variety of ways to do so: fear, making up things to fill unknown spaces, getting comfortable with it, pretending it isn’t there or running from it.
The world you live in now, however, is filled with a multitude of unknowns and asks you to look them in their face. Once you do, you realize that the bottom line of all you are experiencing is that you don’t know what the future will bring. As hard as it is, if you start from there you have the best chance of making it through and thriving in these times.
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