Today, I spoke with a client who told me for the past week or so, between 30-40% of his communications with anyone has been driven by Coronavirus.
No surprise there of course but when you think about how most people operating at a fairly senior level tend to be pretty busy most of the time, that is a huge proportion of their time.
For “professional plate-spinners” – as I often think of them – this represents a massive burden. Many more plates than is safe to be spinning you could say.
Business analysis, forecasting, projections, budgets – everything has been thrown up in the air for everyone in businesses small and large.
Watching the latest Downing Street daily news conference as I write this, with the announcement of the enforced closure of cafes, pubs, bars and leisure centres, the reality of the necessity of a nationwide effort is being brought home – literally.
Whilst at home, it is tempting – trust me – to sink very quickly and easily into a pool of despair and depression if one is not careful.
To avoid this, I humbly suggest you have to do at least one of two things. Several things probably but here are my top two for starters:
- Be acutely aware that we are all in this together and there has never been a time like this since the Second World War – and even then, as someone wrote the other day, the pubs remained open! Somehow though, when you meditate on this truth – that is the collective effort of every single man, woman and child that will get us all through this – that in itself is a liberating thought.
- Once you have settled on that reality, the next thing I suggest is you think of just one thing that you can do (see below) – easily or otherwise – while you are confined to working from home, or your social life has suddenly been evaporated, or like me, you don’t have much choice and you are having to self-isolate.
Tend to your garden (if you have one) like never before. Find creative ways to communicate with your neighbours – regardless of whether or not you even know their names. We now have a WhatsApp group with a handful of our neighbours and today I sent them along with everyone else I know almost, the funniest video I have seen during this crisis.
It could be something a bit more creative like that book you’ve been telling yourself you will write one day. Now is the time! Today is the day to just do it and get started!
It may be something a bit more technical or practical (not my forte!) like the decorating you’ve been putting off for weeks, months or even years.
In other words, the reality is whatever you make it.
Here’s a little collection of things I keep on the side of my desk that help me to stay positive in good times and not so good times.
Stay strong, stay safe, be healthy and whatever happens, never, ever give up!