Yesterday I blogged about how, during a transition/change, we can be more creative while in the messy, ambiguous, neutral zone. But I also mentioned how the neutral zone can be draining and frustrating, because things are fuzzy and in flux. One of the ways to lessen the negative impacts of the neutral zone is to define temporary systems. Make decisions for the next day/week/month.
Here's how this holiday season will look.
Here's how I will complete this project.
Here's my role because the nonprofit has paused operations.
Here's how I'll get my walking miles in while I'm struggling with some tricky side-effects.
Here's my new budget for the next two months.
Here's what things will look like this week.
Here's how I'll define a great week given all that has happened.
Here's what staying in touch can look like.
Here are the things I can stop doing for the next _____ days/weeks/months.
We need to switch up our lives due to the pandemic, but these neutral zone coping techniques will help with other goals or changes as well. We should consider defining temporary systems, roles, or actions that will help us move toward the new beginning anytime we're hanging out in the neutral zone.