Control Your Plans
Think about your tasks and plans. What can and can’t you control? Though you can’t control the future, you can control your day, week and even your month, and make decisions that will produce a positive outcome, despite the circumstances you may be working in.
You have the power to decide how you are scheduling meetings with customers and partners. Will you meet in person or digitally? Do you have a plan B in case your meeting plan A falls through? Always be prepared to pivot when the unexpected comes your way. It’s up to you to make the call to change plans or take precautions – do not leave it up to your customers or partners.
The same goes for conferences. Do you plan to attend in person? If so, do you have a plan B in case in-person conferences don’t happen? To come up with your plan B, first, ask yourself why you go to that conference in the first place. Is it for networking? If so, look into LinkedIn tools for networking that you can use to still connect with new people, even when you can’t meet them at a conference. Also, if you haven’t already, consider joining associations that could connect you with new people through remote meetings. This way, you still have the benefit of connecting with other professionals, but are able to do it in a safe and reliable way.
Another plan you need to have in place is for the reopening of your office. While many employers plan to bring their employees back soon, the timeline may now be delayed. You may not be the one making the office plans and deciding the timelines, but it’s important to be thinking about what you would do in different situations. Do you know what you will do if you have the option to return to the office? Are you prepared to keep working from home if that option isn’t available? Having a plan now gives you time to weigh all your options and make an informed decision that is best for you. If you leave it up to the last minute, you may feel pressured to make a rushed decision.
Finally, in addition to all your workplace plans, have a plan for taking care of yourself. Dealing with a pandemic and ever-changing business challenges takes a lot out of you. Know what you need to do to recharge and reset. Working in housing is very demanding right now, so you need to take care of yourself to ensure you can stay healthy and happy to be as effective in your role as possible.