How to Stay Productive in the Face of Natural Disaster
It can be easy for a storm or more severe natural disaster to cripple a community.
And kill your productivity.
So how can you stay productive when a storm strikes? Here are some suggestions:
- Define what "productive" means to you. If watching a movie with someone you love is the right thing to do, then go to it! If you need to repair a broken gutter, that's where you should lend your attention. And if reading a good book is ripe for the moment, enjoy.
- Limit your media. I find that Twitter is a great vehicle for information when a storm strikes. You can see how Hurricane Irene is trending via the use of hashtags. In this case, #hurricane or #hurricaneirene provides the latest tweets on the storm. I don't enjoy the TV news as my anxiety grows with each image of storm surge or fallen power lines. It's good to stay up to date without feeling overwhelmed by "too much news".
- Err on the side of safety. While I'm someone who likes to drive around during a snow storm or tropical storm, that shouldn't be your "normal". Be safe, even if it means missing a meeting or bailing on a prior commitment.
- Write it down. As your mind thinks of steps you need to take to do cleanup, report insurance claims, and put things away, write it down. Even in the midst of a storm, the GTD principle of "capture it all" still applies.
Be safe and stay productive, whatever that means to you!
p.s. I was inspired when I saw that Nozbe began coding lists that can be shared with others via #PublicNozbe. After the earthquake in Japan, they put their techie skills to good use. You can share an emergency list as well here.