Keeping positive through Lockdown 3.0 – Transform Communications

By Ben Carey on 2 February, 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.

Daniel O’Connor, Co-Founder of Transform Digital Marketing and Associate Director of Transform Communications based in Bradford-on-Avon, reflects on upping exercise levels, cutting down on kebabs and launching a new venture during the pandemic.

How are you keeping positive through Lockdown 3.0?

We’re lucky, we’ve kept busy through lockdown. There’s been masses of proactive work going on with businesses launching and diversifying, which helps us stay focussed and positive.

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

We start each day with a virtual team meeting to set us up for the day. I love that no day is the same, even though we are still at home. I still see many clients and prospects in online meetings, which is great.  Each Wednesday at 5pm, the team grab a drink (soft or not) for a virtual social.

Are you doing anything new?

My exercise used to be running for a train or taxi, or the half mile sprint through the Excel at a conference. During lockdowns my natural exercise levels decreased, so I bought a bike! A ride through the woods has been a revelation for me and my partner.

I still love, fishing but that’s not new, just different now with restrictions. 

Have you changed your New Year resolutions?

I eat healthily at least 90 per cent of the time. I have, however, cut down on my fortnightly ‘treat’ from the kebab shop.

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

I long to meet up with friends, colleagues, clients and prospects, feeling and hearing the buzz of conversation, laughter and generally enjoying company. I can’t wait to get back out there.

What is your biggest goal this year?

My goal is to work hard and grow our businesses. Like most, we’ve had to pivot and change so that’s been a huge positive. We’ve built up Transform Communications and launched Transform Digital Marketing during the pandemic. No matter what the world or Covid-19 throws at us, the team’s health and job security are key for me.

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

Life is fragile, and things change suddenly. Cherish every minute you spend with people you love and don’t waste precious time; you never know what’s around the corner.

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