Thriving at Home…during a Pandemic!
Remember when they postponed the 2020 NBA season and we all thought – “How can they do this”, “This can’t be happening!” or “This can’t be real”. Then they cancelled March Madness, the NCAA’s grand spectacular event, – WHOA, this is getting serious!
At the time, I really wasn’t fully engaged in the imminent effects that COVID-19 (Coronavirus) was going to have on the immediate future. These events were a large gathering of people and we could still have 50 folks together. Then, 25, 10, 5 and now zero! People had stopped meeting and working and schooling and for that matter “LIFE” from home became the norm.
“We made this decision to safeguard the health and well-being of fans, players, everyone connected to our game and the general public.” – Adam Silver, Commissioner of the NBA
As a consultant for the last three years, I generally work from home all of the time but in mid-March, I realized that others may not be as used to the independence and freedom or loneliness and isolation that working from home brings. It’s all in your perspective and mindset.
When I transitioned to a home office folks would ask me – “How do you keep busy all day?” and my simple answer was – “I have developed a routine based on a schedule”. It’s really the only way to remain sane and feel productive each day.
I found a few simple things to be mindful of helped me become functional and successful. Of course, you have to be flexible, adaptable, and patient. Being proactive with your network is highly important to your sanity and feeling of belonging. Check in with others. Also, embracing technology is key. Lately, I have fallen in love with ZOOM, Trello, and the Jamboard App on Google. Let me know what you think.
Below, I have outlined a few tips that I use to remain in the moment and focused on the task I would like to see accomplished as well as the ones others have asked me to do. Remember – Plan the work and work the plan and you will feel more satisfied and complete!
Stay safe. Peace!
My daily routine tips:
- Set a time to wake up and go to bed
- Take breakfast, lunch and dinner breaks
- Pray or meditate each morning being thankful for each day
- Communicate schedules and coordinate task together with those at home
- Plan work time, space and set goals to be accomplished
- Learn something new
- Plan time for chores, activities, and hobbies
- Take a day off to do something fun or a large task
- Moderate your eating and drinking habits
- Exercise and move
- Take time to listen and communicate with those around you
- Stay connected to others
- Be prepared because this will all end and it will be time to live, work, play and worship outside again
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