We sense that ‘normal’ isn’t coming back, that we are being born into a new normal: a new kind of society, a new relationship to the earth, a new experience of being human. Charles Eisenstein, author and speaker
In these unusual times, it’s important to establish a “new normal” for ourselves and our families. Most people thrive on routine. Although it might feel like you’re on vacation for a while, the lack of structure can be detrimental especially for younger people and those who are accustomed to going to an office outside their homes.
Years ago I taught day-long workshops on How To Work From Home Successfully (I successfully worked from home for almost 20 years). Here are a few tips from that workshop:
- Get up at the usual time (go to bed at the usual time too)
- Get dressed (do NOT stay in pajama pants), shave, comb your hair, shower
- Establish a work routine including coffee break, lunch break
- If possible, create a work space that is out of the family zone
- If necessary, educate your family on the fact that you’re working so they can have food on the table.
- Work your normal hours (8 am-5 pm, five days a week or whatever is normal for you)
- Resist the temptation of household chores, social media, text messages, television, or personal emails during your work day.
Affirmation: I will embrace my new normal.
Coaching questions/request: Create a “new normal” routine for yourself. What’s your biggest challenge right now? What’s one step you will take to overcome it?