C-19 Productivity Hack: Do less with more

In the past 2 weeks, we’ve been inundated with offerings on how to live in the new Covid-19 world. There is immeasurable, amazing, rich content about how to work and live remotely, virtually, separately, together. I want to experience all of it!

And, truthfully, even though we have expertise in much of this subject matter, I find it overwhelming. Am I doing enough? Am I doing it right? What should I be focusing on to help my clients right now? What should I be focusing on for my colleagues right now? What should I be focusing on for my family right now? What should I be focusing on for myself right now?

My focus for today is slow down, be deliberate. All of those ideas and all of those tactics and all of those systems and all of those productivity hacks will still be there tomorrow, next week, next month, next quarter, next year. We don’t need to rush to learn, implement, and leverage everything right away. We can slow down, adapt, keep moving forward.

If we do one thing, let’s try to reconnect to our humanness, to our humanity, to our community. If we get still and ask ourselves to define what we need, right now, just today, we will know what to do. We will find a way to serve. We will serve our own well-being by getting enough rest, movement and nutrition. We will choose to be clear and present in each moment and just do the one thing that we are doing. We will get clear about how we contribute to ourselves, our family, our peers, our community, and strangers. If we just get present, pause and slow down, we will do the right thing.

1.   Take care of your human machine – it’s the machine that does all the work. Get enough sleep. Move every day. Eat and drink thoughtfully and nutritiously.

2.   Write down what’s important for the day, the hour, the minute and then just do that.

3.   Do 45 minutes of any given thing and don’t do anything else while you’re doing that (e.g. turn off all notifications, set boundaries with yourself and others, practice not being distracted!)

4.   Trust your instincts: Create your own productivity hack for how you can get through this new reality to the best of your ability. Take a deep breath, ask yourself the question, write down your answer. You’ll know what to do.

5.   If, while in that reflective space, you want more support/answers/direction, give yourself 30 minutes to search the world wide web – see paragraph 1 – and choose what best resonates with you. Repeat steps 1-4.

We’re in this together. It’s a global case study.

Be well.

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