I've been checking in with clients and business colleagues. It's one part my need to connect with someone outside of my home, one part concern for the health and well-being of those in my circle, and one part an internal drive to be helpful to others. In the sharing of our experiences, a common theme has emerged. We have days when we are powered up and working hard on our businesses (even though much of that work does not directly produce revenue). And days when summoning the focus and attention to read and understand the latest small business guidance sucks all the energy out of our bodies.
We are experiencing change fatigue. It is the same as the exhaustion you feel when you start a new job. There is stress associated with learning new systems, processes, even relationships. There's a discomfort in transitioning from being at the top of your game to starting over and establishing credibility anew. You come home with your energy tanks fully depleted. Typically the acclimation is complete within six weeks, however, and we've adapted to our new normal.
With COVID-19, complexity abounds. The time horizon is likely months. The target, healthy at work, is unclear. The requirements are going to be in flux for months. And at the heart of it all, people's lives are at stake. Combine this with weeks of stress from having your business shuttered temporarily, and you have the perfect storm for your body to betray you mentally and physically. So, I offer you some tips to help you fend off change fatigue and stabilize your motivation as you power through the next phase of change.
ONE. Adopt a change mindset.
For more tips on navigating change successfully, check out my article from last week, Designing the New Normal.