It’s not often I write a personal blog but since the lines between work and personal life have blurred almost unbelievably in the past week I thought that I would. I’m aware of so many families just like ours, adapting to a new normal and wondering how on earth this is going to be possible for the next however many weeks, this is not just about working with children alongside although as a Mum of one that does feature in this blog! But also about coping with the situation we find ourselves in right now.
So disclaimer up front this isn’t parenting advice, nor am I any sort of expert on anything (well maybe marketing!) but these are just some of the things, we have done this week to
We’ve kept as much the same as possible
You might read this and think ‘err how?’ what I mean by this is we’ve got up at the same time, eaten breakfast at the same time, got dressed for our day and been ready for action at the same time. This helps the days feel like they are normal, we are not on holiday, we are working/running a business and learning (a bit!) and I think this has really kept us all focused on the day ahead.
We have also relaxed the rules where needed
Let me be clear not ‘everything’ is or can be the same, there is 100% more TV and screen time where the little one is concerned! We’ve also relaxed on bedtime, he isn’t nearly as tired with no school day or activities so we’re flexible on that. We also took the view that he usually has school lunches - which means we actually have no idea what he eats daily! So he’s eating what he enjoys for lunch and had a Kinder Egg for supper the other day and that’s fine!
We’ve scheduled to avoid our pressure points
I’m a prolific planner and I couldn’t embark on this week without some sort of structure, let me tell you now it was not one of those multi coloured timetables that many parents are sharing on social media but I did need something that would help me work out when I was going to do my job! Daily calls with clients have equalled free time for the kid - so he’s off watching LEGO Ninjago or whatever and letting me do my call in relative peace, similarly in the morning, school wouldn’t start until 9am, so 7am - 9am he does what he wants and that’s clear work time for me.
We’ve kept up exercise
I know this is easier said than done! Particularly if you go to a gym and you don’t have any kit at home, we are fortunate that we have gym equipment at home and I was already doing home workouts - in spite of this I’ve felt tempted everyday to take that hour back, to complete client work or spend more time with the little one, it’s not a good idea and I’m glad now the week is almost out that I didn’t succumb, I really needed that break everyday not just physically but mentally, plus with no school runs, play dates, drum lessons or errands into town I’m moving a lot less!
We’ve got fresh air everyday
Again this has been a huge challenge, I’ve really felt the pressure to not do it and carry on working, but it has been really important, in line with the rules we’re not going out as a family but my husband and the little one take a midday walk and then my son and I go at 4pm and by that time it’s really required to clear my mind and attack the rest of the day - because there is a rest of the day beyond 5pm, work days right now are far longer and more fragmented and getting space to breathe in the mental sense are going to be key to sustaining this.
We’ve kept off social media
As a Marketing Consultant this is a tough one! But I’ve found I can manage the social requirements for my clients without looking at news or other distractions, I’m not easily distracted but this isn’t a usual time and we all want information, that’s natural. I’ve been tuning into the daily press conference with the PM at 5pm and that’s it.
We’ve had a gin where required!
Not at 10am in the morning or anything but generally we’re not ‘big’ drinkers in our house, we love a good G&T though and whilst it’s usually reserved for the weekend, we’ve definitely had a mid-week gin this week!
And for next week? well we're not thinking too far ahead, but we'll be trying to do more of the same and maybe finding some new ways too.
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