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IYC six-week interactive course for free *SOLD OUT* please send me an email if you want to be notified about the next course.
This six-week interactive course offers practical tools to get a new perspective in your life and to make a plan of action.
Process: I will share with you the short version of the ‚Innovate Yourself‘-process I have developed.
Goal: The goal at the end of the six session is that you will have gained new insights on your personal topic and ideally will find practical solutions to make a change towards your desired direction.
How: Every week in a 30 minutes group Zoom call I will introduce to you one practical coaching exercise. After each call I will share with you in an Email the exercise & template. Like that you can work on your personal question by yourself, delve into your topic and keep track of your personal progress every week.
Topic & Outcome: You choose the topic, work-, career-related or a personal question – and also decide on the outcome of the six weeks.
Costs: For free. For those who want to support others during the crisis: Favelafriends supports people living in the favelas of Rio de Janeiro with weekly food packages: Donation via Paypal firstname.lastname@example.org.
When: Every Thursday (starting on May 14th), 12pm Mexico City, 7pm Berlin, 6pm London, 1pm New York, 9am Alaska, 10am L.A
Overview of the six weeks:
Week 1: Status-Quo: Dive into your individual status quo and derive your personal question from there.
Week 2: Past: Understand where you are coming from (retrospective life analysis)
Week 3: HMI: Find out your needs and your wishes
Week 4: Vision: Set a goal and draft your vision in life
Week 5: How: Find pragmatic solutions to your question
Week 6: Plan: Make a concrete plan of action
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Self-Management-Tool: Working-From-Home Kanban Board
Easy step-by-step tutorial on how to use the WFH-Kanban Board
What: A practical tool to increase your self-management skills and empower your kids in scheduling their own tasks is the WFH-Kanban board. I figured out that the classic Kanban board known from the Kanban lean method used in manufacturing, can be easily used for personal organization. I added three more sections to make it more useful and to keep track on your achievements. It is an easy-to-use tool that can assist you in managing your daily tasks without feeling overwhelmed.
How: You can use the Kanban on a daily or weekly basis. You can use it on a whiteboard, or digitally, or on a role of brown-paper with post-its. Whatever works for you. Set up: It consists of four main columns 1. TODAY – 2. DO – 3. DOING – 4. DONE.
1. Step: You start in the morning by setting your agenda today. Include also breaks, lunch etc.
2. Step: Write every task on a post-it, use color coding for each category (work-, social-, me-time etc.) and post it in the DO section.
3. Step: Move to the WHAT and HOW sections. Here you can write down a message to yourself or an affirmation that will help you get through the day. WHAT e.g. ‘Today I accomplish all my tasks.’
4. Step: In the HOW section you can think of ways you want to achieve it: e.g. ‘I work with precision and joy.’
5. Step: Then you start completing tasks on the post-its and move the post-its from DO to DOING when you are working on a task.
6. Step: When you’re finished, you move it to DONE. Pretty simple.
7. Step: At the end of your day, you can reflect upon your day and summarize it in a feeling: ‘I feel proud to have accomplished everything today.’ That will motivate you the next day. Note: If you use this stool for your kids’ homeschooling, you can add one column that says REVIEW for tasks that need to be reviewed by you as parent.
I hope this helps you to structure your day better and organize yourself while working from home. The great news is this board also works perfectly for team work as a live tool for a specific project as an addition to any project-management tool.
Find the template here.
If you have any questions, please send me an Email. I am happy to answer them.
THE NEW WORKING-FROM-HOME-NORMAL
Today we find ourselves confronted with totally new circumstances in our work and private lives. The boundaries of both worlds become more and more blurred. For many of us, social isolation, solitude, digital communication and missing self-management skills make working from home (WFH) an everyday challenge. For some working from home is a first, while for others it is not. But what we all have in common: WFH will last for weeks or even months. So let’s make sure we are ready for that, and make the best out of it. In this article you will find a few tips to prepare yourself and make your life easier and more productive.
But before that, let’s have a look into this new WFH routine and how a normal day in the new normal might look:
You wake up at 8:45am and ask yourself: What weekday is today? Oh true, it’s Thursday and you have a Zoom call at 9am. Slightly in panic, but experienced enough to handle the situation, you sloppily throw on your business jacket above your pajamas. You feel relatively fresh and despite all, prepared enough to turn on that camera. A feeling of relief arises and you feel immensely happy that your microphone can’t transmit any olfactory messages. At 10:30am and after your second Zoom call, you are having your first coffee. You finally have time to brush your teeth. Feeling fresh again, you eagerly continue working to complete your tasks. Suddenly you feel ‘hangry’ and realize it is already 2:30pm and you haven’t eaten anything the entire day. You get up from your chair, your legs feel shaky yet numb and you wonder why you are still wearing your business pajama outfit.You acknowledge that you feel cozy and smart about your self-invented fashion style. Almost close to starvation, you start digging into some pasta you found in your fridge that you already had for dinner yesterday and for lunch the day before. Then more Zoom calls follow. During your last call, you urgently need to go to the toilet. The moment you flush, you start blushing and realize that you forgot to mute your microphone. Luckily your call gets interrupted and ends abruptly, as you get a houseparty call from your friends. The last Zoom call of the day comes in and since you learned from your past mistakes, you turn off the camera and mute your microphone. You are proud of yourself that you have increased your productivity and can finally do your dishes unnoticed. It is 8pm and you call it a day. Time to reopen the bottle of red wine from yesterday. You spill some of the wine onto yourself, but luckily you are still wearing your pajama pants. You get ready for the newest Netflix series and climb onto your sofa. After the first glass of wine you get extremely sleepy, but manage to successfully stay awake. Suddenly your phone rings and you get a private message on Slack from your colleague that you have never met in person before. The doorbell rings and your food arrives. Around 1am in the morning, after three more glasses of red wine and 2.5 hours of blind-chatting with your colleague, you finally go to bed. How practical that you are still wearing your business pajamas. Good night.
How to live a life where the private chat channel on Slack is the new coffee corner and where official working hours don’t exist anymore?
1. Get up at your normal time & structure your day: Make sure you wake up on time and not five minutes before your meeting starts. It will also help if you have a clear overview of your daily tasks and make a concrete plan for each day or week. Set clear working hours, and include all your tasks and special times such as lunch time, coffee breaks, business tasks, private calls, physical activity, household activities and digital after-work events. You can even plan fun activities such as a walk in the park, as you will need fresh air and a change of scenery from time to time. The complexity of planning your day might increase if you have to manage your kids’ homeschooling as well. The good news is that there are tools to help you keep on top of things. One practical tool to increase your self-management skills and empower your kids in scheduling their own tasks is the WFH-Kanban board. It is an easy-to-use tool that can assist you in managing your daily tasks without feeling overwhelmed. It also helps you keep track of your achievements.
2. Get out of those cozy pants: Yes, it might be practical and comfortable to stay all day long in the same cozy outfit. But it might not be helping you establish a healthy and productive work environment. For that reason, make sure you get dressed properly in the morning. Choose an outfit, as if you were going to the office or as if any second your boss could walk through your front door. Get into your shower, brush your teeth, and wear your favorite WFH outfit. If you still want to combine it with your stretchy sweatpants, then be brave enough to face reality occasionally and try on your tight old jeans.
3. Maintain your relationships with your colleagues: Especially if you just started your new job during quarantine, you might feel socially awkward not having met your colleagues in person yet. Zoom, Skype and many other digital communication tools might create a feeling of disconnectedness with your colleagues. In analogue life, you would get to know your co-workers by getting the newest office gossip in the break room, or going out to lunch with them. Since these interactions can’t happen right now, you need to schedule digital social hang-outs and coffee breaks with your colleagues. Even an after-work happy hour could be a fun team activity. If you prefer a more informal channel, you can also use apps such as Houseparty for a more private vibe. With this app, you can throw a digital party, play a game and bond with your colleague and establish a routine where you have a coffee or drink together, and talk about things other than work. Maintaining a personal relationship with your co-workers will help you to be more efficient as a team.
4. Define your work space and set boundaries: Sleeping, eating, and working in the same two square meters might not be the best idea for a productive home office environment. Although it might seem alluring in the beginning to bundle all activities into the horizontal work mode, you should separate your private zone from your work space. Set clear boundaries between where you work, sleep, and eat. For that reason, working from your bed or your sofa is not recommended. If you don’t establish clear working and living zones, it will be harder for you in the evening to unwind and prepare for bed. Therefore you need a clear separation of your personal life zone and your work zone. Ideally, you could try to use a small table or work from your dining table with a dedicated desk zone. You should also get a chair that supports your spine in the correct way.
5. Stay connected with your family and friends: In times of forced self-isolation and social distancing, we all have to make sure to stay connected. These might be especially difficult times for some of us, as we lack physical contact and distraction of our problems, and are suddenly forced to just be with ourselves. That’s why it is important to have regular contact with your friends and family. Plan daily calls with your parents, check-in with your grandparents, and establish weekly group calls with your family and friends. Now that you are forced to be apart, you may appreciate the preciousness of your loved ones more than ever.
‘The people of the world lie unconscious, with veils drawn over their faces, and asleep’
6. Start your self-inquiry: ‘The people of the world lie unconscious, with veils drawn over their faces, and asleep’, the Persian poet and Sufi master Rumi once said. This crisis is a great chance for all of us to go into a mode of self-inquiry. Use the time you would normally spend on commuting to work or having endless meetings in your office to look within and enhance your consciousness. This might sound difficult or unappealing to you, as most of us spend our time distracting ourselves with countless activities. But all of those things that kept your mind busy. On top of that, we are forced to face shocking news every day, which might increase our feeling of uncertainty and fear. But the absence of distraction is a great opportunity for inner growth. To enhance your own mental stability and strength during this time, start with meditation. If you are new to meditation, you can start small by downloading meditation apps (e.g. Headspace) or begin with easy exercises by yourself. You can start with one to three minutes of deep breathing every day. If you can increase the time by 50% every day, do so. Try practicing this in the morning after waking up and when you go to bed. You can also combine your daily walk in the park with a walking meditation. This is a great way to get fresh air and calm your mind at the same time. Through these practices, you can find inner peace in these turbulent times. There are plenty of great teachers, resources, and free meditation classes out there. Look on Youtube for ‘Deepak Chopra’ and ‘Eckhart Tolle’ to get started on your daily dose of meditation and mindfulness. This is the right time to delve into self-inquiry and awaken from within.
If you can’t go outside, go inside yourself.
Published on Linked, May 6, 2020 https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/new-working-from-home-normal-greta-seeger/
Published in Serbian on Original Magazin, May 6 2020 https://www.originalmagazin.com/psihologija/staro-normalno-vise-ne-vazi-prakticni-nacini-za-uspesniji-rad-od-kuce/
Light of change tool
A navigation tool for companies & people in times of radical change.
More than ever we are forced to change our known path and explore new paths and create our new status quo. This tool helps to reflect upon how we have done things in the past, drafts the now and shapes the future. It works as a current state analysis, opportunity, vision and a strategic tool.
Step-by-step guide & guiding questions
You can print the first template on A2-A0 poster or use the templates for each dimensions to print it on A4 or A5 and cluster them together your wall into a big poster.
1. Dimensions of impact: What caused the change?
How was it before? Go through each level (human, space, business, global, see below)
How is it now? Go through each level (human, space, business, global, see below)
How do you imagine it tomorrow? Go through each level (human, space, business, global, see below)
Use post its (color coding)
2. Human level: Reflect on the following topics and cluster: people-centred, emotions, values/beliefs/desires, fears, motivation, communication, interpersonal relationships, individual, team, organization, hierarchy, autonomy, leadership, culture – Use post its (color coding)
3. Space level: Reflect on the following topics and cluster: digital/analog, physical space, work-life, work-place, time, productivity, tools, projects, -Use post its (color coding)
4. Business level: Reflect on the following topics and cluster:challenges, threats, opportunities, competitive landscape, finance, pricing, strategy, innovation – Use post its (color coding) *if you are a person choose your main topic you want to work on e.g. work / love life/ etc.
5. Global level: Reflect on the following topics and cluster: political, economic, societal – Use post its (color coding)
6. Challenges & Opportunities: What are current challenges/opportunities? How do you see the future and what is the main challenge/opportunity?
7. From now to tomorrow: Pick out the current summary question and the future? How do they related to each other? What could be hurdles? What could be helping factors to achieve the opportunity?
8. How to – roadmap & steps: How do you need to change today to move to your future scenario?How does that look like in a very concrete steps descriptions: What/How/When/Who?
All templates can be found here.
I offer a three hour online workshop for companies & people in times of change.
Please send me an Email if you have questions or if you are interested in finding out more about the workshop I offer.