These are undoubdetly testing times for different people for a whole variety of reasons and with no clear indication as to when the isolation will be lifted and things might start to return to some form of ‘normal’, we have to start to look inwards at what we are doing about the situation. Let me be clear, this is something that we have never experienced before but we are all in this together. There is a great book that I’m sure many of you will have read called ‘The Monk Who Sold His Ferrari’ and one of the really interesting learnings that the book makes is that there are learnings in every event, this included.

For some people, frontline workers not included (you guys are awesome we couldn’t function with you) you’ll suddenly be faced with the fact that you have a significant amount of time on your hands, with little ways to fill it. This is actually great news, that new skill you wanted to learn, the new language you wanted to teach yourself, that favourite hobby you never seem to have time to fulfil, now is that time!

See this time in isolation as an opportunity to refine areas that you previously felt you had no time to commit to

I know that there are A LOT of self employed people out there at the moment (my partner included) who all of a sudden can’t leave the house and in some cases can’t work at all which, totally understandably is a terrifying positon to be in. However, let’s try and look at what you CAN do about the situation. Maybe now is a great time to work ON your business rather than IN it, use this time to improve your systems, automate parts of your business, hone your craft or learn new related skills that can increase the profitability of your business when things to return to normal.

For those employees that have been placed on ‘Furlough’ and are now not commuting and working 40 + hours a week from the office, you’ve all of a sudden had a windfall of the most important commodity there is, time. Use it to spend time with your family, reach out to people you care about using technology, spend some time working on a hobby or passion that excites you. If you’ve been laid off (this has happened to me previously, and now) use this as an opportunity to sit down and really think about what you want from life and what you enjoy. Did you truly love the work you were doing? if not then maybe this is a blessing in disguise, you can’t form diamonds without immense pressure after all! Use this pressure as a catalyst to change.

Despite being in isolation, we are all in this together, but the people that see this time as an opportunity, will stand to benefit.

A few months is not a long time in the grand scheme of things, amongst the clear and obvious negatives however, there are some positives to come. The community spirit we have seen has long since been lost, let’s carry this forward into the way we live our lives. We’ve seen so much focus and support for the local businesses that help our towns and cities become what they are, they are facing tough times now but the more we support them through the easier times, the better prepared for downturns they will be. The planet is taking time to heal itself, perhaps this is the real push and game changing situation that we need to really tip us over the edge to commiting to helping our planet.

Soon enough we will be back out at a local pub, basking in the sunshine enjoying a drink with friends, family, community, the sports playing in the background, everyone enjoying their freedom. It will be a great time when we are back to living normally, providing we carry these values with us, otherwise nothing will have changed.