Opportunity is often disguised. Before us, in this difficult time, lies one such opportunity.
Disruption creates change. The coronavirus is a huge disruption that has thrown a ton of change into our world. Change creates many emotions, anxiety being one. When we are anxious, we can find ourselves looking around for something to hold on to; something to do that makes us feel “normal”. It can make us lose focus or alternately, become single-mindedly focused on things we can’t control.
One change many people are dealing with is working from home. Over the next several weeks and months businesses and individuals need to figure out how to work in this new way. Opportunity lies during the time while businesses adjust to the new model in the form of available time. For example, commute time and canceled meetings.
In order to make the most of the ‘available time’ created from the virus, take a few minutes right now to brainstorm a list of things you want to do but haven’t taken the time to do. Some ideas are; read a book that you’ve been wanting to read, take a walk, strategize about where you want to be in a few years, write down how you want your company’s business to grow and then draft a new offering.
Once you have your list, every time a meeting is canceled or you find yourself surprised and wondering what to do with your time, look at your list; and do one thing on it.
Make the most of this opportunity because soon enough businesses will figure out a way to take up all of your time again, either by bringing you back into the office or improving how you work from home.
Written by Susan Gellatly