Navigating through COVID-19
We entered 2020 with a fresh start, new ideas, hopes & dreams. A brand new decade to reach our goals, start new businesses in a thriving economy, hope for something better if last year or even the last decade didn’t go as planned. January and February were business as usual…and then suddenly, seemingly overnight, our lives halted.
Work from home if you can.
Shelter in place.
Fear ramped up.
The unknown increases every day. Hospitals are full.
No PPE available.
Loved ones are sick, and sometimes dying.
Will we survive this? What’s next? How can we overcome this? Will I have a job next week…tomorrow? I miss my family. I miss my friends. I miss eating out. I miss freedom. This whole thing is just…hard.
I’m not sure what the other side of this looks like…I’m really not. Nobody is. But I do think there are several things we can do during this time that will help us come out on the other side with renewed strength and hope. I hope some of these will inspire you to keep going during this time.
Practice daily gratitude. Find the positive, even when it’s hard. Every day I look for something to be grateful for and sometimes it’s easier said than done. BUT, no matter what, I am always able to find something. I think there is something really special about that.
How to do it: Have a notebook or chalk board set out and each day with something you’re grateful for or write it in your journal or planner. Every single day, find that gratitude.
Plan in the background. Maybe you have dreams of building a business, buying a home, finding a new job, moving to a new city. Those dreams can remain, and as you isolate you can continue the planning. Get organized, build a plan, save money. Whatever that looks like for you, focus on it with intensity during this time.
How to do it: Each day have 2-3 goals and accomplish those before you go to bed. Breaking a plan into smaller pieces makes it manageable.
Pivot if you can. I’ve found that so many people are getting creative during this time. Detouring their business, finally finishing some projects they weren’t able to get to before, figuring out how to help others during their time of need. It’s pretty special to see. And thankfully we live in an age of social media where we can share these positive stories easily. If you can pivot your plan and figure out how to embrace this time in your business or elsewhere, I encourage you to do so.
How to do it: have a brainstorming session once a week. Turn off all distractions and focus for 30 minutes. Jot down ideas, to-do lists, goals for the week. Prioritize your list and hit the ground running. I like to do this on Sunday nights before the start of a new week.
Rest. Before we know it, life will go back to how it was before (with possibly a shift into a new normal post-virus). The busyness will flood back and we will be tired, worn out and craving some rest again. Use this time wisely. Read the books you’ve been trying to get to for ages. Go to bed early. Sleep in on the weekends. Nap when your kids nap. Allow yourself to slow down and rest.
How to do it: turn off the tv and read. Put down your phone. Go outside and enjoy time in the sun. When you’re feeling tired, go to bed instead of feeling like you need to stay up and get a few more things done. It’ll all wait for you and tomorrow you have another day to accomplish your to-do list.
Sometimes when our schedules are out of whack the best thing to do is to incorporate some new structure. It helps me to get super practical in these moments, so I hope this helps you to navigate through this…say it with me: unprecedented time.