What Is The New Normal? A Definition…

Lots of folks are using the term “The New Normal” amid the coronavirus pandemic, and our various efforts to mitigate the health crisis. But what exactly is The New Normal?

For me, it involves a seven-step checklist that I run through three times per day. In the morning. Mid-day. And before bed. The new normal is:

1. Control the variables you can control. As in: Get isolated and stay home. To protect the ones you love and the greater community around you.

2. Follow the leaders who understand what happened in China and now in Italy (and elsewhere), and what that means for the U.S. trend line. Also, follow the medical experts who are making decisions based in facts or informed conclusions based on data. Examples include:

  • NY Governor Andrew Cuomo (whom I did not vote for, but applaud for his current leadership).
  • Dr. Deborah Leah Birx, one of the most important voices advising the Executive Branch and President Trump on the pandemic.

3. Make the absolute best educated decisions you can based on facts and data from reliable sources.

4. Recalibrate your decisions based on the latest data from trusted sources — not necessarily the latest headlines.

5. Live and act in the present and anticipate the future based on current data trends — to protect your future, and the future of everyone around you.

6. Limit your consumption of broadcast news or online news about coronavirus to 30 minutes per day. Turn off the TV. Turn off the screen. Go for a walk.

7. Don’t Forget — Together, we control our collective destiny: If we take the proper steps, as the latest data from China suggests, we can get this under control by working together.

I’m sure the list will grow. For now, that’s my new normal. Sure, I have to manage my day job through all that. But I’m blessed to hunker down with an amazing wife and three kids. They are the core of my Old Normal and my New Normal. And whatever comes next.

Stay home. Stay safe.

PS: To all of you who are working for the rest of us to keep healthcare and supply chains working: Thank you.






Return Home



    Rex Frank:

    Great advice Joe. I look forward to finding my “New Normal”. I’m adding “Stay Positive” to my list. There is just as much good news as bad, you just have to look a little harder to find it!


    Wise advice, and beautiful words about your family. Thanks for sharing a range of insights — news, trends, opinions — I appreciate your holistic look at how we’re all being affected, as individuals and as key players within the wider IT business ecosystem.

    Joe Panettieri:

    Hey Rex, Betsy: Thanks for your notes and readership. All good here. Keep your families safe.


Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.