Whether you have been infected, lost a loved one, lost your job, are working from home or simply stuck in one place, the pandemic is affecting everyone…
There are different things that leaders can do to get their mind of the news and still stay productive, especially in this day and age where we are always connected thanks to the internet.
I have compiled a list of introspective and extrospective activities to do at work or at home. This way, you can grow as a leader and have fun at the same time.
Wondering what activities you can take up to keep you busy during lockdown?
1. Stay connected
Quarantine can be rough… especially if you are an extrovert. If you’re an introvert, it is a walk in the park.
It is important to stay connected with your support system and with your team at work.
Setting up your network and allowing your team to work from home will be more effective and ensure social connection. Posting short videos about the state of the company can keep your team alert and boost morale.
If you have done all this and still feel bored, you can:
- Join live parties online.
- Start conversations with random people on social media.
You will quickly notice that you are not the only one that is going through it.
2. Stay informed
It just seems that every way we turn we are being submerged with information of the pandemic arousing fear and a general sense of anxiety.
It becomes vital for your mental health to find balance and:
- Not give in to fear.
- Detach yourself from the news.
- Get your information from trusted news outlets.
- Fact check the information that you are receiving.
3. Take care of business as usual
Being at home, doesn’t mean that you can rest on your laurels and ignore your business.
If you are still employed, you have to stay disciplined. You may also want to get ahead and anticipate needs:
- Assess your current work situation and plan for the future.
- Look at your career and see if there is something you can improve.
- Hold business meetings online per usual.
- Go through your emails and clear them out.
- Be grateful that you are still employed.
- Don’t break down your standards.
- Improve work processes.
4. Stay transparent
Some leaders will get laid off or will have to lay some people off.
It is detrimental for you to be transparent with your team about the actions that will be taken next.
During this time, leaders lose control of some activities, have to delegate and trust their team with some tasks.
Leaders will have to check in with their team more often to measure progress.
6. Stick to a schedule
To keep calm, you may want to stay busy, create a list of priorities and keep a morning routine.
Your schedule will keep you accountable and will get you out of bed.
7. Stay clean
This is not the end of the world and you don’t have to give up on yourself.
What you need to do is maintain basic hygiene:
- Groom yourself.
- Wear clean clothes.
- Clean and declutter your house.
- Fix something around the house.
8. Take care of your mind
Now, more than ever, your ability to stay calm and be at peace with yourself will be tested:
- Pray or meditate.
- Embrace solitude.
- Relax and sleep.
- Do some gardening.
- Spend time with yourself and your thoughts. resolve internal conflict.
- Adopt an attitude of gratitude. Be grateful that you are safe and doing OK.
- Assess your strengths and weaknesses. Then realign yourself with your goals and purpose.
9. Take care of yourself
You are still allowed to exercise. If you don’t want to go out and exercise, you can go on youtube and mimic a dance or fitness video.
Don’t take this time to slum it up in your house.
- Boost your immune system.
- Don’t abuse substances to cope with the situation.
10. Try something new
You have a lot of free time to try new things, to take risks and to do something you always wanted to do.
For example, if you have lost your job, start the business you have always wanted or try a sport that you have never done before that can help you relax.
11. Learn something new
You have got a lot of time on your hands to acquire knowledge.
From the comfort of your home, you can take the opportunity to learn a new language, learn a new instrument, take an online course, stay on top of the latest technology, perfect a skill or a process.
12. Help someone other than yourself
You can try lifting other people’s spirit by helping someone other than yourself:
- See if your neighbor needs anything.
- Give to charity and feed those who are in need.
- Protect the vulnerable and take care of the people who cannot take care of themselves.
13. Binge your favorite show, book or podcast
- Watch your favorite TV shows, movies or discover new ones.
- Read that book that you always wanted to read.
- Listen to music or leadership podcasts.
- Play memory or board games.
14. Sharpen your culinary skills
Even if you are not the best cook, you can make your own meals and:
- Try different recipes.
- Turn them into special events.
- Eat healthy and enjoy every meal like it was your last.
15. Look outside your window
The important part is that you stay home and stay safe.
However, you can look outside and watch people going about their lives.
16. Shop online
You don’t have to purchase what is in your cart.
But, affecting to shop online will take your minds out of things.
17. Find ways to make money online
There are realistic ways to make money online nowadays.
You can start a blog, do a podcast, sell services online, take surveys or even get paid for searching the web.
18. That’s all I got
Do whatever you want…just stay safe and stay home.
Last Words Of Advice!
Anxiety is at an all time high. People are worried for their safety and health, for their job security, and for the well-being of their loved ones.
It becomes important to maintain a positive if not healthy mindset during this time and do our best to protect those who cannot protect themselves.
Finally, there isn’t just bad news out there: pollution levels have receded in many countries and some wars have paused across the globe.
Hope that I’ve helped you get it together on your way to leadership!
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