Many of us have a time management philosophy we swear by. How do you manage to stay focused during a time when everyone is now working from home? Is time blocking the answer to productivity during this time?
Whenever we have a disruption or large change in our lives, it takes time for us to process. We go through the stages of grief. At first we are in shock and denial. Change is foisted upon us and we are not sure we like it. We pretend at first it is great. Then denial hits. It might have you saying to yourself “this will go back to normal in a few weeks so I don’t need to make any changes”.
And now it’s week 3 or 4. Many of us are trying not to climb the walls because we know we are in for several more weeks of this working from home groove. Along the way we hit depression too. It begins to sink in that significant change is here. It takes us time to process, and each one of us processes at our own speed.
As we begin to process it, we can begin to accept it. Once we have reached acceptance, our curiosity may re-emerge. This new world is different and more interesting. How can we do things more effectively? This is a fragile time as we may go back and forth between the phases of the grief process. The news cycle adds to our fragility as it can positively or negatively affect those emotions too.
One of the many challenges in working from home is having all your days start blending together. In a short stretch of time, you can find that you no longer even know what day of the week it is. The more your days start to blend together, the easier it is to lose your sense of time, and your motivation.
How do we know so much of this process? Because we’ve lived it by working remotely for over 5 years. We’ve seen multiple economic cycle disruptions. We’ve felt the pains of change ourselves. We know we are all in this boat together.