Our world has changed dramatically because of the coronavirus.
So many of us are suddenly working from home full-time, with kids (who, by the way, we are now responsible for home-schooling).
I don't know about you, but homeschooling has never been on my bucket list of things to try. 😉
All of this change can feel overwhelming and impossible.
Or, it can be an incredible opportunity to
We don't have to approach the next few weeks (or more) as survival mode.
Instead, these changes can be a time to improve productivity and efficiency.
Think of it as an experiment and time to trial and test what's working, what's not working and what you want to do differently.
With this in mind as the goal, here is the 3 Step Blueprint to Maximize Your Productivity Working from Home during Coronavirus (or really any time of the year).
The first step to maximize your productivity working from home is to set yourself and your team up for success.
NOTE: for those of you who already work from home, take this as an opportunity to re-align with your leadership and your team. This can be the perfect time to reset expectations. This plan can be very useful for you as well.
This looks like:
Now that you have defined a success plan, step two is to create a schedule that helps you achieve that success plan.
Here's what NOT to do:
The last step is to follow your schedule.
Yes, I know "follow your schedule" sounds simple and obvious.
But, this is where most of us break down.
In this time, the "reasons" can feel so valid for changing our plan:
Of course, unplanned things come up all the time.
Plan in advance to mitigate them as best as possible through techniques like:
And, most importantly, know that most of these "reasons" are really excuses.
If we're honest with each other, you don't want to do most of the stuff on your calendar. None of us do.
Some, if not most of the items on your to-do list (and hopefully now on your schedule too), make you feel:
None of us want to feel bad.
This is human nature.
So, we find justifications and excuses not to do that thing on our calendar.
I get it, I used to do this 100% of the time too.
Now, I see the games my brain is playing with me and am able to honor my schedule despite the urge to procrastinate.
If you're able to
You'll build a skill set that will serve you not only during this Coronavirus disruption but develop a skill that will serve you over the long run.
I'm excited to hear how this process goes for you. Send me an email at [email protected] with any questions or wins. I look forward to hearing from you.
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