Like most of us in any form of business really, quarantine has thrown its share of WTFs and SMHs at us while we’ve learned to make our business work remotely. Some of us didn’t see much difference since our businesses are based from our home offices anyway, but others had to totally shift their mindset. And, frankly, it's been long enough for that mindset to stick. What’s it they say, it takes 30 days to make a habit? Well, quarantine looked at that timeframe and said, “hold my beer.”
So, what are we supposed to do now?
Like a dog whose feeding time has been moved, things are getting interesting. We’re sorta “back to the office” but not in our full capacity and that in itself is adding to the stress. Repeat after me: one day at a time.
One thing this pandemic has taught us is that A. People need to wash their damn hands. Like, a lot more often than they previously had done. And B. Humans adapt. It’s pretty much in everything we do, right? If something’s not working, we pivot. A new perspective, new insight. Boom. We see the path forward. So let’s set the path forward in cushy, pillowy-pavement, shall we?
Rome Wasn’t Built in a Day
You’re going to have missteps. You’re moving from Zoom calls in your kitchen to 6 foot-spaced board meetings. Just go easy on yourself. Give yourself time to find your mojo. Set your alarm a few minutes early to give yourself a little cushion for that jet lag you may feel. May we suggest an extra-large travel mug of coffee? Not a necessity but, yeah, it sort of will be. At least for the first few days. You use an entirely different set of brain cells when interacting with people. Your brain and body are going to be a little overrun. Caffeine. Chocolate. Whatever gives you that edge to get over the hump.
If possible, try and get into the routine a few days to a week or so beforehand. Get up when you normally would for an in-office workday. Even if you just sit on the couch and stare blankly for an hour. Go to bed when you typically would. Start to reset your internal clock so it d