The post-pandemic way of living, the so-called new normal, takes up the world’s attention. In recent weeks, we have been signaled by the government to shift the way we functioned thoroughly since it is predicted that there will be other bigger yet inescapable events we will face sooner: climate change and the civilization leap to the internet of things. In such a world, the ability to think creatively, to imagine novel solutions to survival threats, are proven to be our vital asset. Therefore, a set of unwritten rules are created to prepare us for an uncertain and complex environment. We compile those mindsets as follows:
It is no longer a secret that since stone-age, we mend to thrive on adapting to survive. The evolution of the brain is the most obvious example of how we evolve to adapt. Now, with planetary warming plus the virus spread, human adaptability is likely to face its biggest test. Every societal component is regularly wearing masks, work from home, distancing, applying an excess sanitization, and screening protocols.
Those customs will be part of the new picture, and nobody knows whether those will remain forever or not. So we better make a long-term plan. With that, we can achieve more significance, remain relevant, and even transform ourselves with durable success. If we can’t keep up with such a lifestyle, there is a chance that our presence won’t last.
Deconstruct old system
Pandemic forces us to replace rules, regulations, and habits that we glorified in the past. Let’s say a 9-5 WFO routine. We have all had to acknowledge the benefits of flexible working, and to the naysayers’ surprise, it works pretty well. In many cases, WFH is more efficient. We have all clawed back time that was sacrificed to the daily commute, and despite the challenges of home educating, the benefits to parents have been indisputable.
The key is on our courage to swift policy, since a new problem will never be solved with an old method. Do we want to return to the old business norm that produced millions of workers who only paycheck away from bankruptcy? Should we re-embrace the fragile economic model that it crumbled as soon as city centers are locked down? Are we delighted with what we had before? Rapid changes in economics, science, technology, and politics due to coronavirus have ensured that none of us has seen a stable, steady-state in our lifetimes.
Improve tech-centered experience
The experience here isn’t merely in a virtual way, but rather, the real one. Equipment like earphones, laptops, smartphones, software, streaming media, and wi-fi connection is now inseparable with our routines. With upgrading those techs, we can scaleup our performance so our tasks can be done more quickly. Tech provides us education or career growth benefit, and to some extent, it fills in a hole in an emergency or business continuation strategy.
The transformation within our tools certainly can protect us because there will be an excess challenge in the future. It is also important to know that something critical to our daily use won’t work on old hardware anymore, and the stuff we were using is suddenly too slow.
We need to think twice in terms of spending money on an investment. If you are a business owner, it seems that you have to reconsider before building a lavish workspace for your employees. Instead of throwing your revenue stream for such assets, just like Google, you can facilitate your employees with grants $1000 for their better remote space.
Businesses that don’t invest in what is worth in the 21st century will have a hard time keeping up with the competition. Whether a startup or an established small business, both should always be on the lookout for the next big innovation, not just to stay in the game but to build the next billion-dollar business.
Next, an emergency refund has taken an essential place. This crisis has shown us how fast a job loss or health setback can occur, and such events can wreck-havoc on our financial lives. It is in line with the way debt works, which means it is always best to get out of debt as quickly as possible, and the less debt we have in an economic crisis the better. That namely debt management indeed will lead to a solid balance sheet. In times when things aren’t going well, with a solid balance sheet, a company can cover its dividend for at least a short time during a temporary disruption to its operations.
Set the screen-life balance
We have to understand our own mental state. Among us, some may be struggling with fatigue, frustration, sadness, grief, ongoing headaches, eye strain, sleep disturbance, and anxiety of adjusting. The so-called FOMO and always online culture are the thresholds of those issues. A full 21% of youth are defined as heavy media users who spend more than 16 hours with digital media a day. We are bored to death staring at screens, checking messages compulsively, and undergoing glitchy video conferences. Then there, a heightened sense of euphoria involved in computer and internet activities, and are unquestionably bad for our well-being.
To make this easier, we can create a list of off-screen activities that make us feel good in the new normal situation. For example: going for a walk, meditating or praying, playing an instrument, cooking, or reading a book. All in all, despite this extraordinary circumstance, doing an outdoor activity and making a close bonding with our friends are still relevant.
Much has said about how things will never be the same, and how disruptive and painful the adjustment will be. It is all correct. In RRGraph, we do follow a set of health protocols, formulate hybrid work regulations, and so on to move forwards. How about you? What are your strategies in this new normal? Drop it in the comment below.
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