As many of us face multiple questions going into the Stage 4 Victorian Lockdown, I’d like to take a moment to remind everyone of the importance of being positive and recognising the blessings around us. To think about humanity, how we are all one. How we can help. How we can be more connected.
Some of the good things that have come out of lockdown is the connection of our families; the time we get to spend together that we would not have been able to do before. We are coming together. We are now facing humanity’s challenges as one, like never before. All the good and bad in the world is affecting us collectively. We are understanding we are all human, and that if we don’t feel for another human’s tragedy there is something wrong. We should feel empathy for the events happening in the world and around us and now we have realised we are doing just that.
People are now starting to recognise what’s important in their life. I have heard from many peers and friends, and I’m the same, priorities have changed. They are more meaningful. I want to stay true to my ‘why’ and what is important to me.
We need to all think positively. The thoughts we choose now will decide how we live each day. Practice gratitude: choosing peace and happiness and even throwing in some meditation to calm the mind and spirit.
I believe we need to ‘make every day excellent’.
This is going to be a difficult time for many people; it is important we don’t blame others or become depressed. Reach out to your family; friends or colleagues and offer; inspiration; and support.
We can go into this next phase improving on the skills we already have, learn new ones, and create fresh connections with those we love.
Here’s some of my thoughts on how we can stay upbeat and on track over the following weeks:
Act as if you are going into the office
Treat your day like a ‘real job’. Working from home can be viewed as a luxury, and while it may seem more relaxed it doesn’t mean you need to break your usual routine. It is important to get up, get ready for work and set up your space so you can work comfortably. Shower; get dressed, and move to your workstation. Don’t lounge in bed all day on the laptop. If you don’t have a home office, a desk or even the kitchen table will be better than bed. With a proper space, you can focus. Remember, if you’re used to two screens, make sure you have this at home too.
Create a healthy to-do list
Structure your day; understand that you have to be your own manager right now. At the end of each day, write your to-do list for clarity and focus.
A great tool for staying on task is Trello. You can check it out here.
Think how you can help
What can you do to define problems and seek solutions for the business? We are all in this together and to stay above water it’s on all of us to rally collectively.
Stay in contact
Keep the team spirit going by scheduling calls/video chats and meetings; checking in to see if your people and each other are ok, or if they need assistance. One of the hardest things about working from home is how to stay on task. We still need to deliver results and we can’t lose our heads doing it! Most importantly will be setting up a good workspace and keeping clear and constant communication with our teams. Understanding exactly what your line manager needs from you results in clear expectations. A daily call/zoom meeting is the key.
Richer communication means you remain visible.
Accept distractions for they will be sure to occur:
- Personal Social Media
Get some exercise
Fresh air! A must for staying healthy and well during this time. Even if it’s a walk around the block (don’t forget your mask!).
Top tips for staying well:
- Accept the situation. Understand you can’t change the lockdown. You might be tired, frustrated and scared, but it’s human nature. Don’t block emotions. Listen to how you feel. Deal with it and work on yourself
- Exercise, get headspace right, download calm/meditation apps
- Keep to a routine -get up in morning, make your bed, get dressed and have breakfast
- Overcommunicate, don’t under communicate
- Be nice to everyone around you; don’t forget the pressure they might be under
- Check in on your people
- Be patient and understanding with each other
- Make a list of things you can look forward to after lockdown
- Take on some personal development-it doesn’t matter what it is!
- Don’t watch the news
- Schedule online social hangouts
- Board games for family
- Focus on progress not future
- Focus on a having good day
- Be kind to yourself/ others around you
- Forget about what’s missing, focusing on what’s possible.
Remember; we are as good as our latest result/ performance. But the real value and lesson is that the intention is to help. People who succeed in real estate are those who have the intention to help others.
I want everyone to really just think about ‘today’, not the coming weeks. Touch wood, we will not have this time again, so really make the most of it. I know it can be a difficult time, but we can make each day count, and make ourselves 10-20% better. Stay strong, stay focused and most of all, stay positive!
Click this link for COVID-19 information for individuals and families
Beyond Blue 1300 22 4636 (24 Hrs)
Lifeline 13 11 14 (24 Hrs)
Suicide Call Back Service 1300 659 467 (24 Hrs)