Developing a good leadership routine is necessary in good times. It’s beyond vital in uncertain times!
Not only may your business be closed now — many of you have been forced to learn how to work from home! I work from home under normal circumstances, so I already have some experience with this. For others, it might take some getting used to, and it certainly takes discipline.
We are currently in the middle of a worldwide health pandemic with an invisible enemy that is fundamentally changing businesses everywhere. But crisis or no crisis, you are still the leader of your business; you have special responsibilities above and beyond what most people are dealing with right now. Part of these responsibilities is making sure you continue to be productive in a new workplace—your own home. Here are some suggestions that have served me well over time:
1. Wake up at your usual time every day. This is the first step toward maintaining a sense of normalcy and it is vital to keep that normalcy in play.
2. Budget your time. I like to go out in the morning, have my coffee, run whatever errands I’m able to,
and prepare for the day ahead. Once I return home, I’m ready to get started with coaching calls, time
for reading and writing, and conference calls with my vendors. I typically work from noon to 8 p.m.
with a dinner break at 6 p.m. Then, I go over the next day’s calendar and relax before bed – 12:45 a.m.
sharp! This routine works for me, and the key to success here is discovering whatever routine fits
you as a leader.
3. Manage your own schedule. Even if you normally delegate this to someone else, don’t do it now.
Setting your own schedule will help keep you engaged on a daily basis.
4. Create a private workspace. This one is crucial, especially if you’re in a crowded house or apartment.
You must have a place to work without being distracted or disturbed, ensuring everyone knows you
must be left alone in that space. Treat that area as you would if it were your office.
5. Eliminate the outside distractions. Just like at the office, you need to make sure you’re able to be
productive. It may help if you set aside certain hours of the day to accomplish your daily goals. You
must make it clear to those around you that work time is work time and you can’t be disturbed with
Routine, routine, routine! It’s the keyword that is going to get you most focused and drive real leadership success.
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