The COVID-19 pandemic is a blow to every aspect of our lives. But now is the time to take proactive steps to help you increase your motivation in your personal and professional life.
It’s been a few weeks, but the current situation has not become a new reality. For many, this is a dystopian, dark version of the movie “Groundhog Day”, and the rules change every day. Naturally, such a chaotic situation would lead to physical and mental lethargy. Behind the reduced initiative are strong emotions:
1. Fear: Among the many questions that COVID raises are:
In the short term: How will this affect my career and finances? When will it all end? When will I be able to see my family and friends? Will I get sick? What will life be like after the isolation is removed? There are no assumptions or questions to ask. Anxiety about finances and health causes tremendous anxiety and self-analysis.
In the long term: Will this happen again? How can I be more prepared for the future? What did I learn from all this?
2. Isolation. The phenomenon of sheltering in a place has caused us a number of challenges. For many, the separation from colleagues, friends, and family has caused stress because it is against human nature. While the elevated condition has created a unique opportunity to eventually slow down and enjoy the trivia, in some people, limited personal space has led to claustrophobia.
Technology has helped the public cope with the situation, partially crossing the gap, and reminding us that “we are all together.” At the same time, social media can provide a way to escape the crisis – by postponing personal or professional obligations.
3. Lack of attention. The title of the articles, which tells us when and where we can walk, talk, and even breathe in public places, sometimes changes every hour. Not surprisingly, productivity can be undermined by the constant rupture of the routine. Refusing control is not easy, at this point it is still a necessary feature. It’s time to analize what you can control.
Being in this cyclone can make you feel helpless and stop everything that creates your well-being. But remember that all difficult situations have positive aspects. You have the choice to manage your life, even with small means. Here are some ideas:
- Make a schedule. Having a certain outline of your daily routine will give you strength. Write down the plan the night before. At least you would know what to start with the next day – it will help you stay active.
- Separate work and personal life. Working remotely is new to many, so discipline is the key word of the day. Get up, get dressed, tidy up your space, and remind yourself that you are in control of your working hours (no matter how difficult it may seem to you). Overcome the temptation to read news at the beginning of the day. Instead, write down your plans for the day. Do personal affairs during non-business hours. You need more than luck to succeed in affiliate business.
- Workout and take a walk. Bring yourself into action. You don’t have to workout too hard. It will be enough if you start walking in nature for 20 minutes. Remember the words of Harry Truman: “Imperfect action is better than perfect inaction.”
4. Explore relaxation techniques. There are excellent meditation programs and yoga, which is an ideal way to relieve the tension you feel when you hear the latest news about COVID. Think about what gives you peace of mind.
5. Communication. Stay in touch with family and friends by using phone, text message, email, video app and social media. This may have been a good time to get in touch with relatives. Do you have friends or relatives with whom you have lost contact? They will be happy to hear news about you. If you can help them, it’s much better. Collecting food for your neighbor may seem like a little to you, but it can mean a lot to them. You can also volunteer at the phone bank and help others at the right time, giving you extra pleasure.
6. Spend time with yourself. Read books from your list, learn new recipes, watch TV, draw, listen to music, or enjoy a comedy movie you missed. Maybe it’s time to check the inconvenient list of things to do. Just don’t put too much pressure on yourself.
7. Eat healthy food. It can be easy to get food in a comfortable environment during stress, but try to resist the temptation and avoid using food, alcohol or drugs as an escape from reality. Now you have time to study healthy eating habits.
8. Focus. Destroy the usual factors of distractions. When you are at home, if others are constantly interfering with you, set basic rules. Get used to setting the phone to Do Not Disturb mode for a period of time. Use your headphones. Set aside time for calls and video conferencing. Plan to check news and social media at certain times of the day.
9. Have regular contact with your boss (clients) or team. Make sure you are in regular contact with the manager or clients, especially if you are concerned about a tense business situation. Maybe your team needs information from you to resolve the situation. Apply all your emotional intelligence to the internal and external contacts of the office as their stress level is also high. Regular check-ups will help you to perceive the perception of reality.
If you are unemployed at the moment, this is an important time to look for opportunities. Set weekly goals for searching a promising employer.
10. Set monthly plans for a period of three months or more. The next three months can play a crucial role in what covid-19 can mean in our lives. But that doesn’t stop you from walking your own path. In the absence of this pandemic, what goals would you normally set in your personal and professional life over the next 90 days? Or maybe it’s time to change the existing unified picture? Many think that the pandemic has had a transformative effect. Either way, thinking about the future will stimulate you to move forward to pursue your long-term goals.
It is easy to get shocked by a global pandemic. But take concrete steps every day to control your thoughts about how you will spend your time. Such unprecedented events are good for adding more patience, kindness and care to yourself.