I want to start by saying thank you for your patience, the blog has taken a back seat to life and if you are reading this now - I appreciate you. So let’s start with the adventure that we are calling 2020, businesses are re-inventing themselves, consumers are changing habits, working from home, child care, work efficiency, and safety of one and all. Amongst all of the changes to life, how do we decide on what needs to be done first, what needs to be set aside, and how to keep track of it all to ensure productivity does not plummet - acknowledging that it will certainly go down? How to know what to do first…
Putting aside things that need immediate attention - your health, family needs, breathing - the items that need to be completed first and foremost are the ones that keep the food on your table. So, for example, you are in sales and rely on the client base then you will need to stay in touch with your clients first and foremost. Reach out, see how they are doing, do they need anything, be genuine, and care for others - that should be the best use of your time. Another example, for the 9-5 crowd, if you need to attend meetings for work - then schedule around that and make it a priority. If you rely on completing paperwork and submitting reports, make that your first task of the day. You need to decide, what is THE thing that keeps your bank account flowing and then work around that.
Next are the tasks that compliment your work, like a blog for example, that will need to be set aside for the time being. Now, these secondary tasks should be put in a to-do list, you need to acknowledge that they are a priority when you are able to address them - maybe after kids are asleep, instead of tv time, or Sunday afternoon. Also keep these items in order of importance, instead of our usual chronological order, because we are being honest with ourselves and realizing that some of the items at the bottom of the list just may not get done during these challenging times. This list is ever fluctuating and as our environment changes, we need to continue to prioritize the list and address as many tasks as possible. Efficiency, right, the list of must-do items and then a list of to do in order of importance.
Finally, some you time because let’s face it this year has been abnormally stressful and we need to manage that as well. We will do our best to have time set aside to decompress, hopefully, step outside and enjoy the sunshine and turn off work. Rule #1 - the work will still be there after you take some time to relax and enjoy an activity-hobby-family. It is also important to get back into, or maintain, an exercise at some point in the day - does not have to be intense, a walk, a jog, some push-ups, (a punching bag) anything physical will help tremendously. Most experts tell us to block off a time to schedule your break, but we are not in usual times, I would humbly recommend keeping your priority list at hand, get the most vital items addressed first, let the time to yourself be used when and as long as needed, then jump into the to-do list.
In the end, we need to maintain a new balance between work life and mental life to ensure that 2020 does not get the best of us. This year has been a testament to how resilient we are, how dedicated we are to work and family, and it is time to embrace it and enjoy the challenge...and local food take out. So to sum it all up, decide what is vital to succeed and make that top priority, keep the to-do items on your list in order of importance that is ever-changing, and then include the downtime because the work will still be there. Finally, once again I appreciate you sticking with me and this blog, I hope you find it useful, and as always feel free to comment or share with a friend!