In the corporate world there is sometimes a tendency to not want to declare a crisis; making the declaration means admitting failure. The joke is “declare, then get your resume together.” You can probably see this in some of the early global response. But, now that we’re declared it’s time to face it head on.
So far we’ve talked about:
- Focus: CONTROL and EXERT INFLUENCE
- Situation Reports, Daily Briefings and Family Meetings
- Setting up containment traffic flow
- Be Ready for the Plot Twists
- Adrenaline and the Need for Grocery Store Protocols
Today we’re going to face some hard things head on so you can feel in control. Because I don’t have to worry about my resume (I hope).
Shelter-in-place and lockdowns are coming. Soon. For some places they are already here.
And that’s going to feel bad and you’re going to feel trapped and hopeless for a minute. But, let’s get ready so you can feel those feelings and then move right on into action.
TRIGGER WARNING: If you are feeling especially vulnerable today, don’t read this list. Set it aside, go outside and take some nice deep breaths. It’s here if you need it.
You Need a Checklist
I put together a downloadable checklist for you. Not everything on here will apply for everyone.
The checklist has items in these categories:
- Easy Stuff (do you have the right supplies? It’s spring, do you have house chores you normally do and might need things for an extended period? – like light bulbs and HVAC filters)
- Mental Health Stuff (routines, quiet time, hobbies, loving your people)
- Hard Stuff (this is on the second page. If you’ve never had time to put your life in order now might be a good time. Also, a link to CDC guidelines for taking care of a COVID patient at home)
Just remember: We can get through this together.