Sherrie Lynn, lead organization development consultant with St. Jude Human Resources, regularly provides Leading Through Influence courses, which is part of a St. Jude Leadership Academy program for individual contributors. Lynn provides additional insight for many struggling with uncertainty during these drastic changes. In some cases, it is not just a work management crisis—it is an existential one.

“Although each person faces a different set of challenges, we all can answer the question, ‘What works best for us?’” Lynn said. “It is important to stay intentional and deliberate.”

Lynn explains that being intentional requires creating new boundaries. It is important to address when and where you will work, as well as how to prioritize each project.

“Make a list. Write it out and cross off each task when you complete it,” Lynn suggested. “It turns out many people prefer to actually write things down rather than rely on a technical schedule. It becomes a more tangible process.”

But when we make that list, Lynn stresses caution about overscheduling. It is important to maintain intention and be deliberate about work, so we don’t get overwhelmed. And what if we do make that list a little too long and cannot cross everything off that day? Make a shorter list next time.

Oh … and take a lunch.

“Things usually take longer than expected, so it is important to give yourself some grace,” Lynn said. “It is also important to take back your lunch hour. That is an important time to regroup so you can return to work with dedicated, full attention for your next work priority and be more efficient.”

Lynn suggests reviewing what has been done, what is in the works and then what needs to be done soon. The process of reflection and foresight provides a good foundation for planning and stability when we feel uncertain.