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Why It’s Time For Professionals To Ditch The Idea Of ‘Normal’

By News Creatives Authors , in Small Business , at September 15, 2021

Dr. Dawn Brown is a Child/Adult Psychiatrist and Serial Entrepreneur. She’s the CEO/Owner of ADHD Wellness Center & Mental Healthletics™.

It’s been long enough now that we should’ve all adjusted to the “new normal,” right? Hasn’t that been the goal ever since 2020 transformed the routines we all knew and loved?

Of course, with vaccines and changing policies, I’m finding there’s a lot of hope that the old normal will be coming back. Many workplaces are ready to throw out the video calls and have been discussing return-to-office plans. After all, everyone wants to return to normal, don’t they?

But what if there’s actually no such thing?

Normal has never existed.

In my experience, most people don’t really like it when things are changing, when life is unpredictable and when things just don’t feel “normal.” As human beings, it’s natural to crave stability and to want our routines and environments to remain the same. We grow attached to the places we go and the way we do things once we’re there. 

That doesn’t mean that any of these constants — which can really only be guaranteed on a temporary basis — can be defined as normal. They’re just normal for you at that specific period of your life. 

I believe disruptions are also normal. This past year was certainly not the first time humanity has had to flip systems over on their heads. And, in the end, it’s all relative because we’re all different. We all have different circumstances, and what works one day for one person might not work anywhere else.

The people we work with are all unique in a million ways. Our brains all work differently. We all have different ways to productively get our tasks done. Our optimal work environments are all different. 

There’s just no such thing as “normal.”

There’s no normal way to work.

Maybe before the pandemic, you worked in an office, went out for lunch with coworkers, got through in-person meetings and spent the rest of the day at your desk. And maybe you can’t wait to get back to a way of working that comes as close as possible to that scenario. It was your “normal” and you liked it. 

Or, maybe the way your days operate now feel much more normal to you. Working from home might have been a change at the time, but now, nothing could feel more natural. Now that you’re settled, you don’t want to go back to the office and you don’t want anything else to change either. 

No way of working is really more normal than another. So, which way is right?

The right way to work is simply whatever is right for you. In fact, I believe it might be time to ditch the idea of “normal” altogether. This time can be an opportunity to step out of the bounds of normality and just do best for you and your team.

How To Ditch ‘Normal’ And Work Your Way

Detach from the past and its old routines. The way most businesses did things in 2019 was based upon norms that I believe were already growing outdated. Would it hurt to start fresh? Stop holding onto the past and ask yourself:

• What actually needs to get done for success?

• What circumstances would make me the happiest about my workdays?

• What are the realistic and attainable answers to accomplishing this for me and my team?

Work with your team to find the right answers. As you throw out the rulebook, it is important to remember you aren’t the only one this needs to work for. Most of us work with a team, each member unique. They all have their own answers for ditching “normal,” and you should consider them. The workplace has to work for everyone in it. 

Of course, this doesn’t have to mean taking a democratic vote that determines one way for every single person. There can be more than one right answer, with some coming to the office while others stay home, employees picking the hours that work for them, and everyone doing what works best for their individual situations. 

Keep the door open for flexibility and fresh perspectives. Flexibility can be a really good thing. After all, if the disruption of the pandemic should have taught us anything, it’s that we can never be too certain of our “normals.” We can’t expect things to never change, so don’t set your plans in stone. 

There’s always an opportunity for another “new normal” right around the corner.


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