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Keeping your chin up – part 2

…and how to prepare for the next 90 days.

Well, we don’t know how long this quarantine will last, but we do know that for Colorado schools and restaurants: 30 days.  Governor Polis announced yesterday that no school until at least April 17.

We have definitely never been here before.

Over the last few days you may have also heard the President, or others, talk about “this event” lasting until summer.

Maybe they are “anchoring” us low to prepare us all for the potential hard, tough slog ahead of us.  It doesn’t matter – even if we only have quarantine for the next 30 days, there is going to be massive, massive disruption.  We are only in the first of what looks to be at least 4 weeks of quarantine.  I know for myself:  my kids are already driving me crazy (and I say that with much love for my children).  They have never seen this before either, they have never had “time off” and then had nothing to do with it.  

My point:  we are just beginning.  If you are already losing your patience, your zen, your mind; if you are beginning to freak out and wonder how to get through what’s ahead: join the club.  This obviously affects ALL OF US.  Our ability to do ‘business as usual’ is slowly being taken away.

SIDE NOTE ON Healthcare professionals:  if your loved one (like mine) is a front line health worker, it can be a little scary.  In the last 48 hours there has been a very large influx of patients admitted to the hospital (one of the ones she works at) with “respiratory” symptoms.  The projection is for that number to continue to climb.  She will likely be asked to work with more of these patients. There is not enough protective equipment, and she has good odds of being infected herself.  Whether infected or not she may have to self-quarantine: from her kids, from me, from her aging mother.  The health crisis of this event will likely get worse before it gets better, at least in this country.

Now that I might have totally bummed everyone out, what can we do?

  • Be responsible.  Follow the CDC guidelines.  Don’t make the problem worse.
  • Over-communicate with our clients and business partners.
  • Take care of ourselves and our loved ones.
  • Work on our business (more on this in a later email), but examples are:
    • Clean up our database 
    • Revisit our budget and marketing expenses
    • Work on our listing presentation
  • Clean up our messes: email, piles around our desk, etc.
  • Get our taxes filed on time
  • Be healthier (food we eat/don’t eat and exercise)

Every day spend time moving our bodies.  This is critical.  You can walk outside.  There is no shortage of videos online to help us keep our body moving, even if some of us have no formal exercise equipment.

Read and/or listen to positive material.  Again, this time will pass.  Life will go on.  See yourself past this event, living the life you dreamed about for this year.  And next.  

The next 90 days are likely to be very uncertain.  We have no idea what is ahead.  Yet, we need to plan on moving forward.  If you have a plan, execute it.

On the other hand, if you want to spend some time re-working or adjusting your plan, or get som ideas on how to structure it given the uncertainty we face, I am going to do a 90 minute Zoom call, where we will work through all the details of next quarter.  

Next Friday, March 27th, at 9:30am we will go through and figure out how to come up with a plan we can work through for the next 90 days.  Each one of us will have a different plan, but we can use the power of the group to lean on each other and come up with ideas and tactics that we might not have thought of on our own.

Click here to register (its free).

Keep your chin up and your mind calm,
Steven