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.
Chris Dawes, Founder of Open Dawes Training and Chris Dawes Comms based in Swindon, gives
us his insights, including how motorsport and SIM commentating is getting him
How are you keeping positive through Lockdown 3.0?
I find that if I overthink the current situation then the
enormity and surrealness of it can run away with itself. So I employ the mentality of the sports
people I commentate on. In motorsports
the handling or speed can change without notice, and drivers have to adapt. I also
get great strength from a loving family, and I try not to watch the news too
How are you structuring your day? Have you changed your
We have a nine-year-old daughter, so we are having to
juggle home-schooling and our work. So we get up early, get ourselves ready for
the day, then get her up. I do have to work more in the evenings and at
weekends, but I have to be disciplined to shut the door to the home office and
step away from it enough to ensure family and down time.
Are you doing anything new?
I am meditating to manage stress and anxiety, and pushing
myself to go for walks. Some of them with the family, some of them just me and
the dog so that I can put headphones in and listen to podcasts.
My motorsports commentating has also expanded to
commentating on SIM racing. It is great fun commentating on live streams,
including with many top-level professional racing drivers, from my lounge whilst
drinking a gin and tonic…
Have you changed your New Year resolutions?
I am not particularly big on New Year resolutions. This
year I’m even more relaxed about it as we have to be realistic and even more
adaptable than usual.
Have you introduced any new rituals?
Not so much a ritual, but I am trying to be more
organised and schedule driven. It is more important at the moment as every hour
and day seems to blend into the next (today, it is blursday isn’t it?).
What are you most looking forward to when restrictions
Visiting our families; the gym and spa re-opening;
working back in the office; face-to-face training provisions and meetings;
shaking hands; big crowds back at the motor racing events I will be
commentating at; seeing my daughter being able to play with and hug her friends;
and visiting pubs and restaurants.
What is your biggest goal this year?
To get Open Dawes on-demand set up, with the student
dashboard driven online training platform in place, not only to cover the
current situation, but to complement the rest of the training provisions.
What has the past nine months taught you and how has it shaped
your future for the better?
I’ve learnt that we take so much for granted, that
teachers are amazing and that remote/online really works. I also plan to not be
so busy that I let large amounts of time pass before seeing family and friends,
because once you can’t see them it feels like an eternity until you can.
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