Keeping positive through Lockdown 3.0 – Boatman Admin Services

By Ben Carey on 16 February, 2021

With Lockdown 3.0 upon us, The Business Exchange is asking for your insights regarding coping strategies, new habits and how to stay positive throughout this third (and hopefully final) national lockdown.

Emma Boatman, owner of Boatman Admin Services, tells us about her word of the year, her love of lists and how it’s ok to do absolutely nothing at the weekends!

How are you keeping positive through Lockdown 3.0?

It’s important to remember how grateful we are for the little things like a roof over our head, food in the cupboard, our health.  Me and my husband laugh every day about the silliest of things and failing that a good dance around the kitchen always helps!

How are you structuring your day? Have you changed your habits?

Both me and John have worked from home for the past five years so it’s not very different for us.  We’ve been very busy and had an increase in enquiries during all lockdowns, so it’s important that I respect boundaries and only work during office hours.

Are you doing anything new?

I have tried to maintain my exercise routine. I’m usually at a spin class three times a week so I’m now doing online workouts.  We take the dog out for a walk every day at lunchtime which helps clear the mind.  I’ve always kept a gratitude journal each evening, so I’ve made sure that I have kept that up.

Have you changed your New Year resolutions?

I’m not a huge fan of resolutions.  I have a word of the year instead.  Last year it was ‘enough’ and this year it’s ‘achieve’.  There are so many things I want to achieve and at the moment the focus is on achieving a night away or even a simple coffee date with a friend!

Have you introduced any new rituals?

As a lover of lists, I’ve been doing this for a while and think it can help others; have 3 things that MUST be done today and focus just on those tasks.  Anything else you then get done is a bonus.  Some people find a list quite overwhelming, but this method keeps it simple and focussed. 

What are you most looking forward to when restrictions are lifted?

Hugging my family and friends!  As soon as we’re allowed, I’ll be racing down to Devon to see my sister and my nephew who was born in October.  I’ve only seen them once since the birth so am desperate to see them again!

What has the past nine months taught you and how has it shaped your future for the better?

We take so much for granted. I’ll never take the simple things in life for granted again.  Coffee and cake in my favourite café sounds like an absolute dream at the moment!  I’ve also learnt that it’s OK not to live at 100mph at the weekend and it’s completely acceptable to do nothing!

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