4. Practice Self Care
Remember that puzzle you wanted to finish? That run you wanted to go on to clear your head? Or that book you wanted to read? – It’s important that you make time for all those things too. By practicing self-care, you’ll be able to keep things in perspective and take some time out, even while you’re at home. Self-care is important as it allows us that ‘me time’ we all cherish and let’s face it, could all do with at least once a day. It is also the smartest personal and professional investment you can make.
Why? We hear you ask, well because as Inc Magazine reported “If you don’t continually cultivate self-awareness, dance with your own fears, and push yourself out of your comfort zone, you won’t grow. And if you don’t evolve as a person and a business owner, you’ll eventually hit a wall you can’t breakthrough.”
Therefore, it’s important to pay attention to every facet of your mind and body in order to be the best version of yourself! How can you do this? There is a different kind of nourishment for every part of you. For example;
- The body is nourished with healthy food 🥗
- The heart is nourished with joy, compassion, and love ❤️
- The mind is nourished with knowledge 📚
- The spirit is nourished with equanimity and self-awareness🧘🏻♂️
Decide what element of self-care you’re most drawn to and make sure you take time out of your day to take care of number 1.
5. Use Technology
To maintain your productivity, you should be aware of the technology you can use to help you. With millions of people working from home, we have all found ways to stay social through creative and virtual options. With everything from trivia nights to birthday parties, conference calls, and board meetings – Zoom has been there to help.
It’s no shock, therefore, that daily downloads of the Zoom app have increased 30x year over year and the app has been the top free app for iPhones in the United States since March 18, according to Bernstein Research and Apptopia. Zoom said daily users spiked to 200 million in March, up from 10 million in December.
Additionally, services such as BlockSite have also been on hand to help you with proper time management and scheduling your day. Such services have allowed us all to stay productive, focused and in the zone – wherever we may be working from.
However, this is all great for our professional lives but how does it benefit our personal lives? Well, by being able to socialize while social distancing through online platforms – we can still do the majority of the things we love and see the people who mean the most to us.
Make sure you stay up to date on the latest technology platforms that can help you both personally and professionally during these times.
6. Know your Strengths and Weaknesses
Knowing your own strengths and weaknesses gives you a better understanding of yourself and how you function. It also helps you to grow more and gives people around you the chance to understand what you’re good at, and where you might need help.
For example, your biggest personal strength would be something that comes easily for you. Maybe you’re good with numbers, maybe you’re a great cook or maybe you are great at writing. Whatever it may be, make sure you’re aware of your strengths and use them to your advantage.
However, it is equally important to be aware of your weaknesses in order to grow and improve in these areas. Maybe you could improve at keeping in touch with people, maybe you need to improve your time management or maybe you need to improve your number skills. Whatever it may be make sure you communicate these areas to family, friends, and colleagues to help solve these issues and better them.
Regarding strengths and weaknesses, it’s important to communicate. You’ll help others around you get to know you better and you’ll be able to get to know yourself better in the process.
If something is difficult or confusing for you, it is important to express this feeling. One way to communicate this is by using a feeling and need statement. For example, ‘I’m feeling confused and I need your help’. This will help start a conversation that will help to begin problem-solving and trying to develop strategies.
If something is easy or you feel really confident in doing it, it is also important to communicate using a feeling need statement as well for example, ‘I’m feeling motivated and I need to keep going with this.’ This will also help start a conversation to highlight strengths and areas of interest.
Overall, It’s important to keep positive during these challenging times and remember to be realistic in the process. Not everything is going to be smooth sailing and not everything will be really hard. Learn to balance the good with the bad, the professional with the personal and you’ll be on the road to success in no time!