I have heard it said that time is our most valuable commodity, and that makes sense to me. What we do with it and how we use it, in large part, define our life. We plan our days, scheduling, and prioritizing meetings and tasks around what we deem most important. The Coronavirus (COVID-19) has changed all of that. Although certain people in specific lines of work are extremely busy now, many of us feel that we are running out of things to do. This has me thinking about our current global dilemma in a new way. What should we now do with this unexpected large surplus of this “most valuable commodity”?
What are those projects and ideas that we put off precisely because we are inundated with the day to day urgencies and distractions? I am talking about the distractions that keep us busy but not necessarily productive. This absolute “hard stop” that we are in now presents each of us with a unique opportunity. It is an opportunity to re-evaluate one’s priorities and goals, whether they be business, professional, or personal. For example, our leadership team at Medworks is having multiple virtual meetings each week. We try to limit each meeting to one hour to maintain maximum focus on one or two topics. We are spending time on foundational and structural aspects of the business, rather than the day-to-day issues that are common to our regular weekly meetings.

On a personal level, I am focusing on improving several things I am interested in. For example, I am spending time each day on strength training, something I was neglecting when things in the world were routine. I had a daily workout regiment, but it was entirely about cardio fitness. Now, I am doing core strength exercises. I expect to reap a lasting benefit from this small change in my life. Being a musician, I am spending more time doing intentional practice on my instrument. Finally, I am reading more than usual, mostly books on business.

Like most of you, I am eager to get back to our regular routines. But since we are here in this unique situation, let us view this time of social distancing and quarantine as a special gift of extra time to focus on key areas that will make our lives better and more meaningful when we do return. If you would like to share about things you are doing to improve yourself during this time, please submit a comment. I would love to hear from you! I know you have time!