by Kim Renkema
It seems we are starting to hit a wall, run out of work, or lack motivation to move forward. When safer at home first started, we were energized by the new challenge of how to get things done and stay connected. Nine weeks later we are less excited and maybe a little stuck. In the book Managing Transitions, Jeff Bridges defines the area between where you started and where you are going, as the neutral zone. He says that when we let go of where we were, there is often disorientation, frustration, sadness, or uncertainty. However, when we step into the new thing, we have high energy, are excited to learn new things, and have a renewed sense of hope and a commitment to our role in the new space.
So, our challenge is, how do we stay motivated in the neutral zone so that we can get to the excitement. This week I returned to the office for two days instead of just one. I realized this had a major effect on my attitude so I went looking for other ways to stay motivated until we can return to our new normal. I thought I’d share some of those ideas.
- Change your routine – work outside, go to the office (if you can), take a break in the middle of the day and work a little later in the evening…
- Take a day for you – turn off your email, social media, and phone and do something you love. Read a book, go for a hike, go to the beach, take a drive…
- Spend some extended time in the Word – give yourself permission to just be still and listen to what He may have for you today instead of trying to figure it all out on your own.
- Connect with an old friend – it may be awkward to reach out to someone you haven’t spoken to in years, but trust me, I had a High School friend call me this week and it was incredible to catch up and did wonders for my attitude. (She also sent a picture of us in High School so I’m happy to live into our fourth core behavior and let you laugh at High School Kim)
- Do a little spring cleaning – we may not like the process, but we tend to have a different outlook when things are organized.
- Make a to do list – there is still something satisfying about checking the boxes. It also keeps you motivated, especially if you tell yourself you can’t do something fun until the list is done.
- Finally, chose an attitude of joy. We can all have moments of disappointment for things lost during this season, but when we find our hope in God, then we should be intentionally sharing His light and love to those around us no matter our circumstances or emotions.