Many of us live our lives on auto-pilot and find comfort in repetitive behaviors that yield predictable results. This natural tendency isn't because we have a character flaw, but instead, it is how our brains are designed. According to Jeffrey M. Schwartz, M.D., a leading neuroscientist, "brains are built to detect changes in the environment and send out strong signals to alert us to anything unusual." The part of our brain that becomes activated when change is detected is "closely connected to the brain's fear circuitry." This explains why change is difficult.
Now, let's marry this natural tendency for resisting change to the real fears and disruption that comes with Covid-19. It is no surprise that the anticipation of returning back to an office may feel like a threat to the routines you have established from working from home.
Since we have no choice but to confront these changes and embrace uncertainties, let's also use this time to challenge some of the default behaviors that may leave us dreading the changes that are sure to come in 2021.
Revamp your To-Do List
If your current to-do list isn't working for you, consider adopting one of the following versions instead.
Interrogate workflow norms
Are there long-standing practices that have nothing to do with delivering exemplary service and fulfilling your organization's mission? Consider asking the following questions during your interrogation.
Evaluate how you communicate
Not all types of communication are created equal. Be critical of how you relay information and determine the most effective way by creating a protocol for evaluating what information is best suited for email, phone call, video conference call or instant messaging.
Experiment with one or a few of these tips so that you can make 2021 a year to thrive and not just survive.
This article was written in partnership with wiseHer - a technology platform that provides on-demand expert advice for small businesses and women to accelerate their business or career.
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