Don't survive the Corona Virus, thrive in spite of it ...
Human nature is a bit of weird one; we’re never really satisfied and we never truly appreciate anything until it’s gone.
When it’s winter we complain that’s too cold but when it’s summer we complain that it’s too hot. When we're a child, we can't wait to be a grown up, but once we're an adult we yearn for the freedom of childhood.
Now we’re faced with a similar dilemma. At some point in time we’ve all said ‘I don’t have enough time’ - whether that be to wash the dishes, learn a new language, stay in contact with friends and family and so on.
But now we have time in abundance. The way in which this time was afforded to us was a shock and somewhat disruptive but people haven’t yet realised that in a round about way this is what we’ve all been asking for.
But this, like the examples listed above, will illuminate the peculiarity of Human Nature. Now that we have all this ‘time’, what are we going to do with it … if anything at all?
Will we learn a new skill or spend more time on social media; will we pick up the phone to a loved one or pick up the remote. That question cannot be answered with your words in an instant but instead it must be answered with your actions over time.
The thing that’s likely to derail you the most during this period is that immediate loss of structure. You don’t have a time to get up and get into the office, you don’t have a time that you go to the gym, etc. and it’s easy to lean into that - wake up at 2am, walk around in pyjamas, somedays you may not even shower.
When I left my job to pursue Fox in a Box a friend of mine said that the hardest thing will be to hold myself accountable to me. I no longer have a boss or someone I report to. If I slack off for a day, a week, a month - there’s nobody there to say ‘that’s not good enough’.
Believe it or not, you don’t have to just 'survive' the Corona Virus you can thrive in spite of it, it all comes back to how you use your time. During this period you must create your own structure, you must be your judge, jury and executioner. Reassure yourself when you’ve done good, but hold yourself accountable when you haven’t … because nobody else is going to do it for you!
So during this time stay productive but also enjoy a well deserved rest. Reflect, rejuvenate and whatever you do keep showering.