Fans of Stanger Things will be familiar with the Upside Down. In these unprecedented times this is how it has felt; literally everything that we knew has been turned upside down.
During the first few weeks of the lockdown everyone had a tip for how to survive but how many of these tips actually stuck? Did you know that it takes up to 90 days for a new habit to form? As we’ve been in lockdown for only four weeks, it’s not surprising that these new found ways of working and optimising your time haven’t stuck completely.
But don’t be disheartened. Doubling down on your effort to carve out a new way of working takes time and just because you reverted to old ways after a couple of days doesn’t mean you’ve failed. As I said at the beginning of this post, these are unprecedented times – that means everything goes out the window and everything is up for grabs.
Decide on one small change and make it stick. It’s going to be more achievable to make one small change at a time rather than revolutionising your daily schedule. Our brains are hardwired to make things as simple as possible, that’s way routines work for us. Therefore if you change too many things at once, all it will do is lead to a greater sense of confusion and stress.
Find what works. What works for one person will almost certainly not work for someone else. Pick and choose what will make you happy. For example as I head back into another week of homeschooling after a two week break 😱I again have to re-adjust my day. I’ve started to carve out hours at the end of the working day when I can really knuckle down and focus, largely because the electronic babysitter has been deployed (non-parents are not allowed to hate me at this point).
So double-down, find your groove and you’ll succeed with whatever new way of working has piqued your interest.
If need inspiration for a new way of working, my 2019 refresh series might provide what you’re looking for:
Lets start again
Re-evaluate for success
The power of sleep
The untold truth
Taking a break
Email – the 4 d’s