As the COVID-19 pandemic shows no signs of slowing down in the immediate future, much of the active workforce continues to work from home. While this may be easier for some industries than others, the idea of working remotely can often seem appealing at first. Now that some time has passed, the novelty may have started to wear off a little bit.
Perhaps it now seems easier to get distracted or harder to stay focused considering everything that is going on. Cabin fever may be setting in for some and so many uncertainties can leave us feeling restless. The good news is that with a little conscious intention, we can make the most of our time right now.
Keeping a routine is a good place to start, even if you don’t have as many places to go or people to see. That routine helps to extend normalcy and maintain structure in your day to day life, which is the foundation for your days and weeks.
If you find yourself with extra free time these days, consider using that time to brush up on your skills, experience, and education through online courses. This could be a great opportunity to gain new education and skills or hone existing ones.
Remaining future-thinking will be an important part in determining what life after this pandemic looks like for you and your business. Planning for the future using innovative and creative thinking will go a long way in the weeks and months to come.
Read on for more ways you can make the most of the time you have right now.
From Ron Flavin this month
With the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, millions of persons who were accustomed to traveling to and working from their corporate offices five days a week were suddenly forced to work from home.
I have worked from home for decades and am fortunate to be highly disciplined, maintaining a regular daily work schedule without fail. But for countless others, this is not the case. Many people found themselves prone to distractions and struggling to be productive.
If you are one of those persons having difficulties with time management while working remotely, here are some of my top tips:
- Create a list of tasks that you must complete for the week ahead.
- Write out your daily schedule and stick to it.
- Don’t succumb to the temptation to watch television, aimlessly surf the internet or engage in other time-consuming distractions.
- Take regular but brief breaks throughout the day. Be sure to break for lunch and move around to stretch your legs.
- Don’t multitask. Instead, stay focused and finish one task at a time before moving on.
- Find time to exercise at least 3-5 days a week.
- Get plenty of sleep.
- Stay hydrated.
Overall the outlook for startup funding in 2020 is bright for both new and established companies. There are plenty of federal grants and corporate grants available in the US this year to provide startup funding that will help small businesses to succeed and flourish.
Building customer relationships that last, and retaining customers are building blocks of any successful small business. That means, among other things, connecting with them as directly as possible, including actively seeking their feedback on your products or services, and making thoughtful and purposeful gestures that indicate your sincerity.
Important Industry Happenings
- 5 Predictions About How Coronavirus Will Change The Future Of Work (via Forbes)
- Decision Making In Uncertain Times (via McKinsey)
- How Getting Laid Off Launched My Career (via Entrepreneur)