Thinking of all that we have been navigating together, I want to congratulate you! You have been resourceful and creative, finding new ways to accomplish tasks. In thinking of others and acting with kindness, you have supported small businesses, donated to help others and sewn masks for our community and medical professionals. You have been with family in small spaces, working from home and working on corona school. It has been a learning curve with new technology and adjusting to old school phone calls as needed to resolve challenges. For all of this time, you have had ups and downs too. High Five and Way to Go! You are a champion!
We are again entering a new phase with transitions. I learned that there are five phases and soon we will enter phase 3. Who would have thought that masks, hand sanitizer and temperature checks would be a daily part of our lives? And here we are! After our quarantine, we are venturing forth into the New Normal. It’s time for us to get organized! Getting organized means reorienting ourselves to tasks, time management, and self care.
Get familiar with the New Normal
From the grocery store to the work place, we have a new set of ways to communicate and go about business. It’s important for us to feel comfortable with the changes and incorporate these into our lives. Masks may be required or not, so keep your mask easy to access and clean. Your work place or other places may require temperature checks. Check your own temperature at home if in doubt or if you feel a bit off. Social distancing of 6 feet continues as we work and shop which means more time to do anything. We continue to clean and disinfect all areas including offices, bathrooms, common areas, and shared electronic equipment routinely. Knowing what to expect will require some reading and research. Feeling familiar with the new “rules” will take a little time. Acting on each of these new ways to engage will also take more time.
Give yourself time
We have certainly been existing in a time warp. What seemed to be seamless before is often a bit clunky. This is the case with ordering through websites with delays in delivery due to USPS or Amazon. You may be applying online for unemployment or loans which take more time that you imagined. Checking to see if your applications are complete and accepted are cumbersome. There is curb side pick up for purchases which takes extra time to connect by text and then receive your goods. You use Open Table or call your restaurant to make reservations for dining in.
The New Normal will take more time in many ways. It will take more time to get tasks accomplished. There will be glitches where we feel frustrated and anxious. Give yourself the opportunity to be your best self by taking this extra time into account. Going in and out of your work place will take extra time. There may be a single entrance, possibly temperatures taken, and social distancing in place. Give yourself extra time to get to work on time. Many people have been enjoying working from how and will need to re-adjust to travel to and from work. Be sure you have extra time rather than rush to get on the road. By adjusting our expectations, we will be better prepared when oops happen. Giving yourself time for tranquility helps as well!
Continue with easy, simple organization
Now that you are a pro with technology, keep going on what is making your life easier. For grocery ordering online, be sure to continue your regular routine for shopping. Banking with your device app has simplified your deposits and financial work. Using the Notes app is our best way to capture thoughts and ideas. Keeping contacts in your smart phone keep us connected, as well as our Zoom Happy Hours with long time friends. We have learned a lot of useful, helpful technology to continue.
Ongoing Self care
The first thing we stop when things get busy is self care. That’s not an option in the New Normal. Your self care should continue as a priority. If you are exercising more outside and loving it, build that into your routine. As for time together for family dinner, block that time as sacred. Self care is what we learned must be continuous and ongoing, pandemic or not.