For me lockdown felt in the beginning like there was nothing positive to come. Then as we went through the first phase I started to appreciate more than ever the things that make me happy and mean something to me.
While I kept to my routine of early starts to provide classes on Zoom, others benefited from the lack of early starts, split shifts, or other logistical benefits. What I think most of us gained was extra time with loved ones, and this is something I think most of us will be reluctant to lose as we take more steps towards normal life.
So how do we take the positives we have learned going forwards?
Ask yourself what has been good about lockdown and what you have and haven’t missed about life before Covid 19. Consider how you spend your time in each scenario, both in terms of total amount of time spent on work vs other activities and the distribution of work during the day / week.
What do you want to stick with going forwards and what would you like to happen?
Do you want to be available more during the day to spend time with children or do you want to cut back on evenings to be able to spend time with your friends and family? Are you happy to go back to early mornings or would you prefer to start later?
I am finding that I now need to make some sacrifices on my time and compromise. In the short term I need to book more time for sessions in order to see people in small groups and individually to comply with government guidelines. I also now need to work times which are not best for a work family balance because that is the only time existing clients can manage.
For any of us looking at the future I believe that accepting short term negatives in order to create foundations that allow you to move to where you want to be shouldn’t be an issue. The pandemic has provided us all with a bit of a reset button and we can use that opportunity to ensure we rebuild our businesses and lives as we want them.
Time for you!
Although an element of compromise is necessary, it is useful to know where you are not willing to compromise. Whether that’s protecting a couple of evenings a week for bootcamp, after school slot every day to exercise with your children, a morning slot to do a local class after drop off, or first thing in the morning to go a run or do a class on Zoom! Set that time now before you fall into old habits and once again you have no time to yourself. This will be your key to a successful start to a new fitness routine.