August 12, 2020 by Laura Riordan
|I feel as if these last 5 months I have been playing a big game of tetris trying to keep up with a constantly changing landscape due to the pandemic. With the recent news about some schools beginning the year online, I am jostling my pieces around yet again. On a hike with a friend yesterday she noted that we are not just dealing with the familiar tetris game shapes, but now are being thrown triangles, circles and the occasional rhombus. How do we keep arranging our various tetrominos (yes I looked that word up) before we reach overwhelm and it’s game over?|
|Here are some tips I have come up with to improve game play. I would love to hear more about your struggles and strategies for this ever-evolving situation!|
- Break it down: Break projects into smaller tasks that you can do at a variety of times throughout the week. Get started on something and get those few tetris blocks in place.
- Try scenario planning: Have a few ideas rolling at once and always be looking for the third thing. There are some great ideas forming in the grey areas right now.
- Focus on what you can control: So many things are out of our control that we are walking around in a constant state of anxiety. Human beings are not meant to be on high alert for this long. Practice focusing on the things you can control even if they seems like small things. Getting one block in place can be hugely liberating right now!
- Look for the opportunities: Here are some I have been finding lately – outdoor haircut parties, office swaps, volunteering, riding my six-year-old neighbor’s big wheel (crazy I still fit), outside yoga, connecting with old friends and new!
- Feed your brain: You are done with Netflix. Try something new and commit to learning it with a friend or loved one.