I woke up early hours of our first day of lock-down with such a strange, eery silence not even a sound of a car in the distance. Overnight things as we knew it changed. My first reaction was to panic, thinking about all the things I would not be able to do, a simple thing like just walking my dogs not being able to visit my folks. Life changed, my husband started working from home. He was now in my space in my office. My daughter, who had just moved out and I had finally gotten used to her being at university, was now back home. A lot of our training got cancelled and we had a busy time ahead.
This got me thinking about the times we are in. Suddenly, we have had to re-evaluate what is important. Many people have had to adjust spending. Most of us have had to adjust how we are working. We need to be more creative and maybe adjust our offerings or even re-invent ourselves. We are having to become lean.
What does this mean?
- We need to start identifying the waste in both our private and our professional lives, by writing these down.
- We need to be conscious of and accountable for the waste.
- Measure what effect this waste has had on us or our business, then we need to eliminate or reduce the waste.