As I crossed the threshold into the facility where I work, I was greeted with a defining silence. There were no people walking laps. No members sipping coffee and chatting. Back to work was not business as usual.
I pumped a squirt of hand sanitizer into the palm of my hand and rubbed vigorously. Then I took my temperature and recorded it on the questionnaire. This was not business as usual; it was the new normal.
If you work outside the home, you will return to work soon, if you have not already. Are you ready for the new normal due to COVID-19? Below are three tips to help you ease into a new normal.
1. Keep a positive attitude – rules and policies will be different. Understand that it may take time to adjust change. Create a daily mantra or keep uplifting quotes at your desk.
2. Be patient – this applies not only at work, but during your lunch break, while running errands, etc. There may be longer lines at the grocery store, the bank, and other places you frequent. Take a book to read while in line.
3. Establish a routine – you are creating a new normal, it’s a good time to set a new routine. Perhaps there are safety measures you are responsible for daily, schedule them at the same time each day.
At the end of the day as the computer is powered down, and lights turned off, I take a final glance
around the office before closing the door. As I walk away my thoughts follow me, Lord, thank you for this day, no matter what the future may hold.
What tips do you have for preparing to go back to work after a quarantine?