With the corona virus pandemic and uncertainty in our work and business many of us are struggling to stay calm. This week in speaking with clients and with colleagues they have voiced their fears, concerns and panic. One client in complete overwhelm, simply froze when asked to write down the next actions they needed to make.
Part of my job as a Productivity Coach is to help clients regain control of their work lives. Ironically, to get more done we also have to learn how to relax. It’s difficult to relax at a time like this. You are not alone. I too have had issues with staying focused and productive as the work week and news of the COVID-19 outbreak has unfolded.
Even for a short time, if we can get to a place where we are calm, we can gain access to creative ideas. This allows us to become clear on the direction our business needs to go. Many of us must pivot and change our work and what we are doing. When we are maxed out on stress, I suggest we start by slowing everything down for just a few minutes using mindfulness meditation.
Below is a meditation technique I teach clients. It takes just two minutes and can be practiced throughout the day.
Sit in a comfortable position with your feet flat on the floor. Close your eyes and take a deep breath through your nose.
Resume your natural breathing pattern, concentrate on your breathing as it enters and leaves your nose. As you focus on your breathing it naturally begins to slow down.
If a thought comes into your mind acknowledge it, let it go and focus back on your breathing. Feel your breath enter and leave your nose.
If you hear a noise, acknowledge it, then let it go. Whether you hear the traffic whizzing by, the sound of birds singing, people talking in the office, acknowledge it, let it go and focus back on your breathing.
Notice any tension and release it. Many of us hold stress and tension in our bodies. Do a scan of your body starting at the top of your head. Relax your face, your jaw, your neck, your shoulders and arms, your hands, your chest, your mid-section, your back, and your legs and feet.
Continue to focus on your breathing. When you are ready, open your eyes and move into your next action.
Be present and mindful with what you are working on, just as you did in meditation.
All of this sounds easy but I know it can be difficult. At a time of uncertainty, using this technique can help you stay calm which in turn can keep you productive and organized.
Margo Crawford is a Productivity Coach with Wave Productivity. If you are struggling to stay focused, organized and productive at work during the COVID-19 outbreak, you are not alone. Margo works with entrepreneurs, small business owners and business professionals to help them get more focused, organized and productive in their workplace. Set up a consultation today. https://MeetingwithMargo.as.me/ Margo coaches by phone nationally. If you want to get more organized in your office call 602-677-8275 or email firstname.lastname@example.org