I decided to record my own thoughts and actions on video as part of a vlog series on my YouTube channel called the COVID19 collection. As you know, I’ve been using Snapchat and Instagram Stories feature to capture my daily life since 2014 and have over 600 videos of my life to date. They’re great to watch when I want to recall an event or a situation and it’s so weird to watch how you age on camera – the different hairstyles, the clothes, and the set up at home. It’s like my video album.
However, I started to think that I don’t want to use my phone all the time because I’m constantly on it. It’s always in my hands and as a result, due to COVID and lockdowns, hours go by and all I have done is responded to the massive spike in DMs, email, texts, voice mail messages and notifications from now only my work but personal as well. I have been swamped and felt like I had lost my mental headspace when I was just going from one thing to the next. I needed to let go of the phone.
I still haven’t figured out how to best record it using my Canon G7x Mark III which I hate because the auto focus is the worst thing ever (it’s known for it). Also as Apple stores have closed down, really there’s no need for me to buy a new phone – I just have to make do.
I’ve started jotting some notes every day as to what I’m thinking about with all the changes I hadn’t participated BC (before Corona) to what I’m seeing and experiencing now.
I came across the thought of Corona being the great divide between people who were talking, writing and sharing about the Future of Work BC to the others who we will see in coming months AC (and trust me, there’s going to be so many more of the latter).
If the latter ones have practical experience of navigating their organisations and businesses quickly and pivoting them to new endeavours, then the so called consultants BC are not going to get a look in anymore.
Corona changes everything.
Corona will give kudos to those new people who somehow took charge and have real, tangible, practical experience of organisational change.
The ones who rolled up their sleeves and mucked in and worked it out day by day.
All I would say to my network of future of work consultants and whose thoughts, research and work I value is to see how you can go about getting yourselves onto an actual project during Corona. Demonstrate something, get involved, offer your services for free for a little while, put something tangible to your name if you want to continue helping clients AC.
This is going to be a deciding factor when getting work in the future.
I have a sneaking suspicion that anything, or anyone BC who didn’t play an active role in changing the way they work themselves – or their business – or who were part of a change – will be discounted, unacknowledged, ignored and forgotten AC.