I know that many of us are now self-isolating and working from home.
Many are not used to this situation at all as they grapple with a new world order, the kids at home from school and working from home. If there was a time for planning, co-ordination and communication with family members it would be now!
However, for some, it will also be a great opportunity for some reflection and reassessment of priorities. It will be a time to think forward about what they would like to focus on, what they would like to change and what they would like to put behind them.
As you know, I’ve always espoused making time to learn something new every day. Take time to put yourself first and learn something new – however small – that would help build a new skill, create new networks, plant new ideas or sow seeds that may come into some new project, opportunity or business for you in the future.
Some time ago, I created the “Personal Learning Plan Template” which I would like to revisit here and share to you for something that may help you focus at this time.
I know that learning may not be the primary focus for you right now.
You may be thinking of your safety, your health, your family or your livelihood right now. However, this situation is bound to change in the coming months so use this time – even a little bit of it – to pick up a new skill that may help you in the future. Dedicate the time to focus on this that gets you off the downward spiral of negative thoughts, anger and anxiety and allow yourself some time of the day to give your brain a break and do something that will build back confidence and get you ready for when things return to the way they were.
My Personal Learning Plan is simply a tool that you can use to fill out as much (or as little) as possible.
Let’s face it. Your mind is scattered at the moment. You’re probably going from one activity to the next just grappling with what’s going to come next. Use the template to add a simple statement, activity or task you want to explore, to read, to contribute, to create, to reflect on and to action. This is your plan but don’t feel compelled to complete it. You do it in your own time and at your own pace.
That way, you feel as despite the mayhem, you feel as if you’ve achieved something if you’ve used this as a checklist of things you want to undertake.