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.
James Eades, Managing Director of IT support company Systemagic based in Bradford-on-Avon,
shares his thoughts on separating work from home, taking lunch breaks and looking
out for each other.
How are you keeping positive through Lockdown 3.0?
It’s definitely harder in Lockdown 3 and I’m seeing that
across the entire team. However, I’m keeping us all positive by reminding
everyone that Spring is just around the corner.
I’m confident that once restrictions are lifted we will
see many businesses be able to return quickly to the performance they were
Making sure everyone is talking to others has been key
and we’re very lucky to have a team who really do look after each other.
How are you structuring your day? Have you changed your
I’m making sure I work the same hours as I would usually
and I’m lucky to have a separate office at home so I can shut the door and walk
away at the end of the day. Separating home from work is really important.
Are you doing anything new?
I have my music on all day which is great. I’m also
making an effort to get outdoors at weekends.
Have you changed your New Year resolutions?
My New Year’s resolution was to take a lunchbreak because
I usually work straight through. I
haven’t managed it every day but I’m getting better at it!
Have you introduced any new rituals?
Not really. I’m trying to keep life as near to normal as
What are you most looking forward to when restrictions
Our team at Systemagic is genuinely like a family and I’m
really looking forward to us all being back together in the office again. We
tend to thrive off each other and I know everyone’s desperate to get back to
working in the same building.
What is your biggest goal this year?
To look after my family and my team. The only thing that
matters is people, so if I can steer them all through another strange year and
keep them smiling then I’ll be happy.
What has the past nine months taught you and how has it
shaped your future for the better?
I’ve been a worrier all my life and people have always
told me not to stress over things you can’t control. I’ve finally managed it in
the past 10 months and strangely the pandemic has made me more relaxed. I’m
more chilled now than ever!
While you can absolutely shape your own outcomes, it’s
important to put your efforts and energies into things you can have an impact
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