Scorecards provide valuable information about where we are and where we are headed. Almost a year ago, I posted my first blog about being in pandemic mode with a perspective on when to panic . It was two weeks in and there was absolutely no crystal ball to tell what would come. That’s when we thought it would be a few weeks, maybe a month.
Now at a year later is a good time to take stock. What have I learned?
1. Don’t Panic
Good advice for all issues, situations, feelings and unprecedented events. Panic will make any situation worse. Wikipedia says::
Panic is a sudden sensation of fear, which is so strong as to dominate or prevent reason and logical thinking, replacing it with overwhelming feelings of anxiety and frantic agitation consistent with an animalistic fight-or-flight reaction.
You are not yourself or your best thinking self when you get into panic mode, so keep your wits about you.
How did I do? On a scale of 1-5, with 5 being great and 1 being screwed that up – I’ll give myself a 4. For months, I panicked when I had to leave the house or I was running out of TP (toilet paper).
2. All Black Turtle Necks are Not Created Equally
Steve Jobs was a Visionary. For some reason, this is still a controversial statement. Let me clarify here. I think Steve Jobs was a genius because of his reliance on black turtlenecks. Without exception, and that is saying something, they always look good on a zoom screen, or go-to-meeting or any virtual platform. Summer is tricky, too hot for the turtleneck, but we do the best we can.
How did I do? Also a 4 out of 5. I shifted my wardrobe and was honest with myself about the fact that all black turtlenecks are created equal. Some fray and pill. Others don’t hold their shape. Many have too much material, a few, not enough.
3. Face Masks are Our New Reality
While there are reasons to love face masks, for the most part, they are annoying, steam my glasses, get lost in the wash and make my face sweat. This post 6 Reasons to Love Face Masks, raises really good points like having an easy exit and not having strangers see your facial expressions. Overall, its a necessary evil.
How did I do? 2 out of 5. I started with disposable and was late to the party in terms of ordering. I still struggle with which mask design is safe and allows me to breathe comfortably when wearing for extended time.
4. Working at Home is Here to Stay
According to FlexJobs, remote work is here to stay:
According to Upwork, 41.8% of the American workforce continues to work remotely. Although an estimated 26.7% will still be working from home through 2021, 36.2 million Americans (22% of the workforce) will be working remotely by 2025. This is a staggering 87% increase from the number of remote workers prior to the pandemic!
How did I do? This note to self about working at home still rings true. I’ll give myself a 5 out of 5!
5. Even Zoom Meetings Can Get Backed-Up
It seems like we have less time to get anything done. You can only be on one meeting at a time. I have found that using breakout groups, tools like Slack and logging on with my phone to one meeting and my computer with another can change the playing field. It can also make me a little scattered. So while we are at home, it is still a balancing act to carve out time for myself.
How did I do? Those of you who know me, know that when I use a rating scale of 1 through 5 – I do not allow 3 – it’s middle of the road and non-committal. Rules were made to be broken and I am rating myself a solid 3 here. I can do better, I could also do worse.
Assess where you have been. Be honest about what you want to do better. Celebrate small victories. Enjoy our new reality. Who knows what will be next?