You probably had a list of items you were going to accomplished while being quarantined at home. I know I did, my cleaning and organizing alone were going to take me through the 30- day shelter at home order our Governor had put into effect. But I spent the first week with the rest of America lying on the sofa glued to the newsfeed and its unsettling statistics. If that is where you are right now, it is okay.
While your family and friends are sewing protective masks, planning summer gardens, and hosting fundraisers for the essential workers that keep us fed, protected, and cared for, which are all excellent activities to be involved in right now. You and I need to take some time to show ourselves some compassion. The Coronavirus has created an unprecedented time in all our lives. We need to allow ourselves time to grieve the comforting regularity of our normal routines and for the many families who have lost loved ones to COVID-19.
If you would like to get some things done while you’re in isolation, let me share with you how I slowly peeled myself off the sofa.
- Break up your large goals into smaller ones. Take your “to do” list and select three items you would like to complete. Do this each day until the list is complete. Don’t add any new items to the list until you have completed the current one.
- Use the Pomodoro method-this method made it possible for me to blog and complete my podcast. Even without the virus looming, I have a tough time staying focused. The technique is simple but powerful. To begin, “Make a small oath to yourself: I will spend 25 minutes on this task, and I will not interrupt myself. You can do it! After all, it’s just 25 minutes.”
- Take a break; these breaks allow you to recharge and refocus and reduce the negative self-talk that can sneak up on you when you are just not in the mood to complete a task. Negative self-talk starts with something along the lines of “I will never get this done.” It will break your spirit and make it hard for you to tap into the personal power you need to make it through to the end.
If you write the next great American novel, during the time of COVID-19 congratulations, and if you emerge with your sanity intact, and an organized closet, congratulations to you too.
Wishing you Peace and Love,
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