One thing is certain: now that we have proven we can operate effectively remotely, home working is here to stay in some form.
Most of us have been working remotely for over six months or more. If you are like me and wfh anyway, life hasn’t been that different. Working remotely for those of you who are not used to it has meant finding new ways of leading and figuring out new ways to support our teams to be their best. Many of you are now in discussion about when is the right time to return to the office and in what capacity.
As leaders what are you doing to support yourselves to being your best self. I keep saying this and now more than ever, ‘it is so important to remember that you cannot take care of others, if you don’t first take care of yourself.’ In order to take care of your teams, you, as leaders need to make time to prioritise your own physical and mental health.
With this in mind, I have come up with a list of things that can help you to experiment with and share, to keep healthy, build back the economy and thrive.
Avoid zoom burnout
For those of you who are using zoom more than ever, like me, try a phone call and take the opportunity to have a walk at the same time, which has the added benefits of fresh air and exercise. ‘Think and talk’ has really helped me get away from my kitchen table and tapped into my creativity. Netwalking at Club Synergy has enabled me to build more relationships, whilst being inspired by the outdoors and the environment around me. I am thrilled to announce that Club Synergy have now partnered with us and all Netwomen members will receive the same benefits as a regular Club Synergy Member. . Head over to https://www.clubsynergy.co.uk/ to find out more about their networking events, including Netwalking and Active Coaching. The best bit? Their Netwalking events are completely free!
Missing your ‘commute’. After any meeting I found the commute was the much needed reflection and thinking time that i needed to process the conversation we had. I find that we are losing the demarcation and thinking time from work to the office and from the office home. Even when you are not going into the office, put your commute back in. I find Beginning my day with a PT session sets me up for the day and ending the day with a walk, bike ride, or run helps me. You will start your day more alert and finish it ready to think about your life outside work.
Make time for support groups. Assess the days you find more difficult to get energised and motivated. Having meetings or a conversation that you know will give you energy/inspire you/provide you with needed perspective for that day/week in advance so you have something to look forward to. Check out our events www.netwomen.co
Take a break. With different quarantine rules all over the world, a staycation is more likely this year. Having just taken a week’s holiday, I spent time away from my laptop, Zoom and meetings. I feel energised and have come back with a different perspective to share.