In some ways there is a lot of uncertainty, and then in others, things are more predictable than ever.
I’ve been enjoying the time we get to go outside (dog walks), learning the guitar (a couple minutes here and there), doing some Zoom meetups, and healthy doses of streaming – tempering Unorthodox with the lighter Zoe’s Extraordinary Playlist (sort of like Glee meets Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt). We’ve been baking more. Cutting monthly subscriptions. Almost bought hiking equipment.
These are all well-documented common changes due to COVID.
Because our behaviors are being forced to change, and we’re human, the resulting cascade of behaviors are actually pretty predictable (or at least seem so now). At least for us, a lot of changes I’ve read about in consumption habits, we’ve engaged in or thought about.
I think, right now, predictability is about as high as it can be for what people want or need.
Here are, I think, the categories:
- take steps to reduce risk, be more secure, physically safe
- re-evaluate what’s important resulting in
- personal changes to
- be more creative and make something
- learn something new
- adjust or add in exercise
- be more connected with loved ones
- work changes to
- do important, non-urgent things given less urgent things now
- develop new skills
- start a new project
- get relief, whether through the escape of streaming, stress baking or getting in bed really early
The point is that if your work serves any of these goals, that you could and should be adjusting your content (and products/services) accordingly.
If you find yourself with more time on your hands for whatever reason, I’m curious what your inclinations are for how you’re spending that time.
Scrambling to recoup lost work? Trimming the fat on monthly subscriptions? Then compensating with extra baths? Doing 1000 piece puzzles?
Hit reply and let me know!