Fair enough, this statement is quite provocative (this is Twitter content) however there is some truth in it. Our energy and time are precious but we’re often the only person responsible for stupidly wasting them. In fact, it’s really easy to get caught in nonsensical conversations or to find ourselves focusing our attention on annoying things we can’t even control nor change. In the end we are just social animals seeking to be heard, understood and validated. As soon we are having trouble achieving that, we feel upset and we can’t help but continue to ‘’feed the beast’’ until the next feeling of ‘’victory’’. Such an unhealthy practice. For me, there are three personality types to watch out if you want to avoid those situations. No judgement here, we can easily be one of them from time to time. There is the polemist, the troll and the couldn’t-give-a-damn. Fighting them is giving them what they want: attention. Next time you identify one, keep your energy or find a way to get them exposed, they usually don’t like that.
A crisis always brings its bundle of bad and good things. Undeniably, the covid-19 crisis had and still has terrible consequences that force us to question our developed and occidental systems from a different perspective everyday. The best example is our relation to work. When we don’t have the choice but to make things continue to work we see how adaptative we can be and we realize how many options were already possible before. Companies made everything they could to continue operating with their workforce at home. An impressive investment in resources and a surprising capacity to change happened. Now that many of us gave remote work a try, a lot of people discovered a new way to balance their work and personal life. A revelation, for the vast majority of people, that a new paradigm is possible. But as soon as the health situation was getting better, a urge to return to ‘’normal’’ started to appear. Despite a successful adaptation to a critical situation a latent mentality is resurfacing and recalling all of us that the situation is exceptional. Remote work triggered a shift and I doubt that will leave no trace. Like every radical change, you can see it as a risk or as an opportunity. I am curious to see how workers will reassess their requirements, how remote work will change the work market and how companies will handle this new paradigm force. Exciting!