The current situation has thrown most of us a curveball when it comes to work, to say the least. While some of us may be experiencing a lighter-than-normal workload, others may be dealing with fitting their same workload into fewer hours. Whatever your situation, adjusting to changes in your workload can take some time. Luckily there are ways we can support this process. By identifying how we can use our time more strategically, we can better stay on track in the direction we want to head. Let’s take a look at a few important strategies:
Adapt Your Schedule
Whatever your workload looks like, adjusting your schedule is a great place to start. You’ve likely had to make some immediate changes, but now that you may be settling into the remote work a bit more, it could be worth reevaluating. Developing a schedule that supports your current workload is important whether that workload feels smaller or larger. Defining some clear hours for yourself and making a separation between your work time and personal time is key.
Identify Your Priorities
We’re in a particularly challenging time, and this often causes our priorities to shift a bit. Check in here. By defining your priorities for yourself, you make it easier to know how to divide your energy and attention. It could be connecting with potential clients or spending more time with family members. There’s no right or wrong. It’s simply about clarifying what is most important to you now so that you can shape your days accordingly.
Especially if you feel like your workload has decreased a bit, this doesn’t have to mean simply more unstructured time. If you feel that you don’t have enough work, this is a great time to invest in yourself. Maybe you want to refine and strengthen your brand. Maybe you want to learn more about a specific industry topic. Perhaps you want to improve your physical health. Maybe you need time to de-stress and calm your mind. Think about what will benefit you both now and in the long run. You don’t need to push yourself to do more than you want. But if you’d like to have a bit more work time in your day, create that by investing in yourself.
How have you adapted to a change in workload? Has your schedule been recreated? Have you set any new goals for yourself? Are you finding time to take care of your mental and physical health? I’d love to hear your thoughts.