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
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
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?
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
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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