Get action-ready for Alert Level 3
From Tuesday 28 April we are moving to Alert Level 3. While many things will be the same – like working and learning from home - there are some significant changes. The week ahead is about ‘getting ready’ for the...
Planning for Level 3
As we move into the tail end of the 4-week Covid-19 lockdown, with many promising signs, we start to think about what happens next and how we’ll adapt to it. The four alert levels help us with our...
Keeping up the momentum
Last week we focused on getting your routine up and running. As the third week of working from home kicks off, the focus is keeping the momentum going through to Easter. Here are some more practical tips and tricks...
Establishing a routine when working from home
As week two of working from home settles in, it’s time for a few more practical tips and tricks to help you remain effective while still balancing the many demands on your time and wellbeing. While last week was...
Home is where the . . . office is!
So here we are in lockdown while we wait out the Covid-19 uncertainty. While the concept of working from home is nothing new, implementing it nationwide for an extended period of time is, and it may take...
so here we are in lockdown while we wait out the covid-19 uncertainty. while the concept of working from home is nothing new, implementing it nationwide for an extended period of time is, and it may take some time to adjust to this new normal.
this is the first in a series of posts to help you settle in to your new routine.
without your usual morning commute, the transition from your pillow to your computer can be difficult. set your alarm to the regular time, make (or go get) coffee, and regular work clothes. routines help us adapt to being productive at home.
your motivation will naturally ebb and flow throughout the day. when you’re working from home, it’s all the more important to recognise when you’re at your best and plan your schedule accordingly. do creative tasks when you’re ‘hot’ and save admin for those times when you’re feeling less energetic. if you’re slow to get started in the morning, use that time for solitary tasks. save phone calls, online meetings, and other collaborative work for when you’ve officially 'woken up'.
RealVirus or IdeaVirus? What do you think?
Coronavirus is a phenomenon in two parts. The actual virus, I’m still in two minds about how big a deal it is, given how its numbers so dwarf annual flu statistics. Yes, we need to be cautious, especially...
coronavirus is a phenomenon in two parts. the actual virus, i’m still in two minds about how big a deal it is, given how its numbers so dwarf annual flu statistics. yes, we need to be cautious, especially if we have reason to be, but i do sometimes wonder if we are making more of it than what it is. i’m sure those people stuck on an infested cruise ship, with no port to go to, disagree with my assessment.
and then there is the phenomenon some are calling the ideavirus. it’s this nasty virus that might end up causing more damage than the actual virus. just about every business person i’ve spoken to has their business affected by it. worse still, billions got wiped off global markets this week and many economies, like ours, suddenly move from mild growth to recession.
as i read social media (just stop it, i hear you say!) i get the sense we are in a bit of a cultural shift that’s driving behaviours: people are not shaking hands, not hugging, buying toilet paper in crazy quantities, paying stupid prices for hand sanitiser and face masks, refusing to touch door handles, fly places, go to large meetings, press exit buttons, drink corona beer or use sign-in screens. we’ve suddenly all very aware of germs that have probably always been there.
i found myself on the plane last night wondering about the people in the seats next to me. their duty free bags made it clear they’d been overseas, which got me thinking where they might have been. any other time i would have been thinking ‘you lucky bastards'. this time, i’m worried that they’re about to give me a little souvenir from italy, china or iran. to be fair, they looked more like london backpackers.
mindsets are changing, beliefs are being challenged and, sad to say, some of nz’s natural racist tendencies are coming out. the virus (real and ideas) has the potential to change how we live for ever.
did you know that the early rapid rise of online shopping is directly linked to sars, that last big hysterical virus we experienced. once it become habit, many people didn’t go back to ‘normal shopping’ and online shopping grew and grew. and given how empty malls are these days, the thinking is that online shopping (and toilet paper sales) are about to have yet another huge boost as people avoid contact with other people.
it does makes me wonder if this is yet another internet phenomenon? not like gangnam style, dancing babies and cats doing cute things, but a self-fulfilling panic we’re perpetuating ourselves through too much information – much of it half truths, speculations and uninformed opinion? if this was the days before the internet, would we be going this crazy? would it just be 'i hear there’s a particularly nasty flu going around this year'?
food for thought? what do you think?