The New Normal In #Lockdown2020
Let’s, not talk about what how I can help you in your business for a moment. If you’re wondering how your goals, objectives and even dreams have changed, like we are throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, you’re not alone. The world has changed, and so have many people’s plans for the future.
From what we’ve been hearing lately, Lockdown 2 seems slightly worse, even for us and we have been expecting it!!
The most important thing to remember is that these circumstances are temporary. These times can be anxiety-inducing because you don’t know exactly what the world will look like in the future, but it also means that there’s hope for a better future.
If you’re looking to revise your goals, it’s important to focus on what you can do, rather than what you can’t. This might mean altering your goals to your new circumstances, or postponing them for another time.
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Many people are experiencing major changes to their careers this year. Some are still going to their places of work, and others are now predominantly working from home.
Your organisation may have or are experiencing redundancies or restructuring. This can be unsettling or even disappointing, as many industries are changing in the wake of COVID-19. A promotion you’d hoped for may no longer be a possibility due to the changes your company has undergone. Great place to start for information ishttps://nationalcareers.service.gov.uk/careers-advice/the-world-of-work-is-changing
What to focus on
This is a good time to take stock of your career, your future and maybe even your new side hustle or you owning your own business, and leaving the day job behind.
Make sure that your LinkedIn account is up to date, reach out to your network to maintain strong bonds, update your CV if you haven’t done so in a while, and look into whether there are classes that you can take in order to further develop your skills, including networking with others through Facebook groups. Like minded Entrepreneurs, like to meet likeminded Entrepreneurs.
If you are still with your organisation, then speak to your Manager. Set up a time to discuss expectations for your job and goals that you can work towards. This will help you show that you have been proactive about your career advancement when you have the conversation about a promotion in the future.
Relationship and family goals
The pandemic brought with it major challenges for many people’s relationship goals. Your relationship may have changed this year, especially if you’re newly single, or you may have wanted to meet someone but found dating in quarantine challenging. You may have expected to cross a major milestone this year, such as getting married or trying to have a baby, but you’ve had to postpone because of new circumstances. I found this a brilliant read https://www.mentalhealth.org.uk/coronavirus/nurturing-our-relationships-during-coronavirus-pandemic
What to focus on
It can be difficult to have a relationship end when physical distancing and lockdown measures make it difficult to see your support network. Take some time to re-connect with your personal goals. Ask yourself, what are the things that you want out of life and how can you go about getting them, with or without a partner?
If you’re single and finding that it’s difficult to go on traditional dates such as going for a coffee, try physical distance dating. This could mean using video calls, physically distant dates outside, and virtual dates.
It’s important to remember that these are delays such as family milestones, are not cancellations, and these things will eventually happen.
I know that managing our health goals may have posed a difficult problem during the pandemic. Closures for gyms and restrictions on leaving home during lockdowns may have made you rethink your fitness goals; anxiety and stress may have made getting a good night’s sleep difficult; and eating healthily may have seemed like a tough task while managing the challenges of working from home and teaching children who were distance learning. This link is all about Gym free exercise from the NHS https://www.nhs.uk/live-well/exercise/gym-free-exercises/
What to focus on
With many people working and socialising closer to home, this could be a great time to tweak your health goals to suit your lifestyle right now. If your goal was to go to the gym four days a week and your gym is not open, consider ordering some gym equipment online, such as an exercise mat or some free weights, and trying one of the many free at-home workouts available on YouTube that can be done at-home. If you wanted to eat healthier for 2020 but are finding the idea overwhelming, turn meal planning or batch cooking into family activities.
Think about health goals that are attainable so that you will have a higher chance of achieving them. It doesn’t even always have to be about losing weight. It could be just about eating a little healthier.
You may have had money-related goals such as saving a certain amount each month or making a major purchase such as a buying your first home. However, the pandemic brought with it economic uncertainty, and you might find yourself rethinking what’s important to spend money on.
What to focus on
It might be time to get back to basics. Do a financial wellness check. Add up your debts and other obligations and create a plan to pay them off. If you’ve got a budget, take a look at how you can cut costs and put extra money towards your emergency savings. You may even be in a position where you can look into investing, in either the little dream business that you’ve always thought about, or your next new hobby.
The www.moneyadviceservice.org.uk is full of great resources for budgeting, debt, and the stress surrounding financial issues.