Today marks day four of broadcasting live from home because of the coronavirus. Every day, it gets a little bit easier to troubleshoot IT problems, find a routine and feel like there is a start and end to the "work day." All week I have been focused on making small progress each day. While what I want to do right now is have everything figured out and a plan moving forward - our current circumstances really force us to look at one day at a time.
Starting small means you won't overwhelm yourself. It means giving yourself the compassion to know that you won't be operating on the same level that you do normally. You are working toward being as efficient as you were before - not giving up. The results won't come instantly, but they will come.
Before I went on air Tuesday morning, I had a few (okay, many) tears fall into my lap. Small problems that were out of my control overwhelmed me - I was trying to do too much. Since that moment, I took a step back and gave myself some space to just be. One of the small business owners I talked to this week said she keeps telling herself to operate with grace. Give yourself grace right now. I love that. We aren't where we want to be, but we will get there.
In the meantime, find ways to make these extra hours at home significant. That will look different for everyone. Some people might take the time to really be home and present with the family. Others might work on that project they always say they want to get to but "never have the time." Though I originally set out to finish reading a couple of books a week, my progress has been stalled because I've been making my way through watching "The Wire." I'm on the season 2 finale... It's so good. And instead of beating myself for not staying on task, I'm embracing having the time to watch a series everyone at work references.
I hope you are safe and happy. We will get through this. For now, give yourself that grace and patience to focus on making small progress toward this new normal.