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Planning Your Day Makes a Difference, Especially in Times of Crisis

The idea of staying home and “sheltering in place” sounds simple enough, but nothing about COVID-19 has been easy. Many women have found themselves busier than ever. Whether you’re working from home, earning your MBA remotely, or seeking your next career opportunity, you’re also juggling other responsibilities. You’re helping your kids stay up-to-date on their classwork, checking in on family members who live far away, and doing your best to keep yourself and your loved ones healthy. It all feels urgent — and that urgency can be overwhelming.

The fifth video in the FranklinCovey web series “The 7 Habits Coach: How to Deal with Change and Uncertainty,” based on Stephen Covey’s bestselling book The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People, focuses on prioritization and planning. (Missed the previous episodes? Start watching here.) In Episode 5, FranklinCovey’s chief people officer, Todd Davis, offers guidance on Habit 3, “Put first things first.” 

Instead of pressuring yourself to immediately tackle everything that feels urgent, Todd suggests slowing down and taking time to think. (He also suggests changing out of your sweats, but you do you.) Decide which tasks are most important, and then plan your day and week around those priorities. Making a schedule will not only give you a sense of control, but also keep you from losing track of time and zoning out in front of Netflix. 

For more guidance on managing your career during the pandemic, join Forté on Wednesdays through May 20 for the Don’t Quarantine Your Career webinar series.

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