Keeping positive through Lockdown 3.0 – Purple Lime

By Ben Carey on 28 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.

Sam Thomas is a Director of accountancy firm Purple Lime based at Hartham Park in Corsham. He reflects on his working day, swapping the gym for countryside walks and having a beer on the beach.

How are you keeping positive through Lockdown 3.0?

I’m afraid to admit that I think I have got quite used to lockdowns; I am not doing much different to what is now the new normal. Regular calls with the team are a good way to keep positive as we have a real laugh together. Otherwise, I am keeping busy at work with the mandatory breaks for fresh air. I feel Wiltshire, and especially Corsham, is a nice part of the world to be stuck in. Plenty of walks to discover on our doorstep.

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

No change in habits other than removing the drive to the office. I’m trying to keep everything else the same in terms of meals, breaks, start and finish times.  It’s just the physical location between 8am and 5pm that has changed.  I have always worked at home out of hours and on weekends, so it is not a massive departure from the norm.

Are you doing anything new?

I have been learning to cook better/healthier but, although I miss going out for meals, that has not been driven by lockdown.  I have been substituting the gym with walks, which definitely aren’t as rewarding in terms of no pain no gain!

Have you changed your New Year resolutions?

Honestly, no. Plans remain the same: have an amazing year at work and keep the fitness up!

Have you introduced any new rituals?

I have consciously tried to keep everything the same as before.  It is just the physical location during the day and having to see friends and family virtually rather than in person that has changed.  I am probably a “simple case” as I do not have children or dependants to worry about, just a cat!

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

The main one is being back in the office with colleagues. That is definitely something I miss and although our team has adapted extremely well to working remotely, we all benefit from being together in person for bouncing ideas off each other and having a giggle.  Obviously, it will also be nice to see friends and family in person, particularly my niece and goddaughters.

What is your biggest goal this year?

I think the same goes for a lot of Brits; to be sitting on a sandy beach drinking a beer, not in the UK for a change!

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

Professionally I now know that businesses do need to think about resilience far more and that working effectively in the cloud is no longer a ‘nice to have’, it is now a ‘must have’. 

Personally, I have learned that we should not take certain things for granted as we perhaps once did – the holidays abroad, the visits to the pub after work etc.

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