Keeping positive through Lockdown 3.0 – Natural Numbers

By Ben Carey on 26 January, 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.

Jenny Budgell is the Director of accountancy firm Natural Numbers based in Chippenham. She gives her thoughts on work/life balance and the importance of living in the now.

How are you keeping positive through Lockdown 3.0?

The abundance of Christmas chocolate helps! I’ve also changed my approach to dealing with the pandemic. I am not trying to look for an end point, I’ve changed my strategy and I am looking at it month by month.

Are you doing anything new?

My team and I are doing a 100km challenge for Dorothy House, our chosen charity for the year, which is proving to be a great distraction. Apart from that it’s self-assessment tax return central so I don’t have much time for other things at the moment!

Have you changed your New Year resolutions?

I am aiming to reduce stress levels by not planning too far ahead and just being in the now!

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

Definitely seeing my family, from spending time with cousins in Wales to visiting my sister in Brussels and most importantly, spending time with my aunt who’s poorly and who I really miss being able to visit.

What is your biggest goal this year?

To get things back in balance after a very hectic 2020. As an accountant, the support I’ve given my customers on top of my normal workload has been a real challenge and I’m looking forward to getting my work/life balance back in harmony.

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

The past nine months has shown me the importance of having a strong, positive, proactive and helpful team around me. It has also shown me the value of having positive relationships with my customers, who have largely been very sympathetic and indeed supportive of both me and the team. We have done what we can to help clients access funding to keep businesses afloat during the pandemic.

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