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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With the current state of life and work these days, do you find yourself asking “Why?” It is an understandable question to ask. The world is undergoing significant change and you are dealing with many unknowns. What you once knew is gone and you have yet to build what is to come.
The challenge of asking why is that there may not be a clear answer. So what do you do? Probably best to get comfortable in the unknown. Stay productive. Be alert for opportunities to create something new. Nurture yourself so that the stress of it all doesn’t get the better of you. Acknowledge the dark side of all this; however look to the bright side of possibility.
At some point, the answer to your question will appear. Be well!
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There are lots of ups and downs in life and work these days. Keeping your center is more challenging than ever. It is also more important than ever. Here are a few tips for creating inner peace in these times:
• Make space for quiet time alone each day, even if just for 15 minutes.
• Identify the energy drains in your life and, as best you can, eliminate or reduce them.
• Identify three things that fuel you and make you happy and bring them into your life on a regular basis.
• Find a “context” for the chaos in the world that allows you to have some optimism.
• Don’t let yourself go down “rabbit holes” such as news, surfing the internet or negative thinking.
• Find a way to serve humanity that makes life better for one or more persons.
Inner peace is possible if you work at it. Start now and you’ll soon see a positive difference in your life and work.
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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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These days, all kinds of things can keep you busy – adapting to change, care giving for yourself or others, finding work, doing your work. All of these involve “doing”. You can also be busy on the “being” side – reassessing your life and work, dealing with the “time out” you are in, accepting the changes that are occurring, dealing with fear and uncertainty.
What is keeping you busy these days? What’s the balance you are striking between being and doing? Some of the heroes of this time have only the option of doing and we are so grateful to them. Others have an opportunity to create some busy time on the being side. You have an opening to create positive change. Your world will not be the same, as you return to activity. This shift has been too big. Spending some time reflecting on your life, work and wants serves you greatly right now.
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I am beginning to sense that with the COVID-19 situation we are in for a number of ups and downs. Week to week in my coaching and communicating with friends, I am seeing them in action. Of course, the degree of how up and how down varies with each person. Some are dealing with extreme challenges; others are finding themselves tossed to and fro. Few are experiencing life as it used to be.
We need to find ways to navigate these ups and downs or they will mess with our focus and knock us off balance. I am developing ways to handle them. Focus is key to me. If I can get myself back to center when distracted, I can regain focus. I allow that a portion of my energy is going to coping with change and have lowered my expectations a bit. I also create some structure each day so that I do not drift too far.
If ups and downs are with us for a while, lets find ways to deal with them. There’s a good chance that they are leading us to positive change and will be worth it in the long run.
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There are a range of experiences you can have in the situation these days: being on the front lines of response, dealing with illness, staying at home or something in-between. Do you find yourself reacting to these changes by feeling uncertain and anxious? That’s natural, when you are out of your comfort zone.
A lot has changed and you are facing a high level of unknowns. Fear is palpable and what the future will look like is anyone’s guess. To cope with these changes staying as centered as possible is essential. Find your new center amidst it all and create ways to get back there when things distract you. Maintaining focus helps as well. Create times of the day when you focus on certain things and stick with them. Allow that you may get distracted more than usual, but don’t let distraction take hold for too long. Manage your expectations as well. Keep them reasonable and nurturing.
You will get through this. Stay steady and our new normal will gradually emerge. Be well!
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The world has changed. We are in a new reality. To come to acceptance, start from the present. Look around at your world to what has changed and what is the same. Identify what you need to live in this world and thrive. If you are having trouble accepting the changes, identify the problem areas and focus on ways to make them easier to accept. For example, if you are working at home and do not like it, look for positives in it, as well as ways to minimize any negative effects.
Some things you may not be able to accept outright, such as the illness or death of a loved one or losing a job. In that case, acceptance comes in coping with what has happened, doing what you can to stay out of fear and allowing your feelings to express themselves. Acceptance will allow you to move on eventually. Resistance keeps you stuck.
Acceptance is freeing and is a process. Once you start moving towards acceptance, life will get better.
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