If there’s one lesson to be reminded of during lockdown, it’s the importance of being present.
Like many you, we run our own business.
And, like a lot of you, we are a family / husband & wife team.
Add in the mix of kids who not only need home-schooling; they need reassurance, extra love, and entertaining so they’re not glued to a screen all day long.
Finally, there’s the house to ‘keep in order’ (as Jacki said the other day, it’s like reverting back to a 1950’s housewife).
There’s no such thing as multi-tasking – so how do you go about this without working 24/7 and getting stressed and overwhelmed?
There’s no easy answer, but one that has made a massive difference to us, is that of being Present. Whenever I do one of the activities above, I make sure I am only focusing on that one thing. For example, …
If I’m on a call to a client, I am not printing off homework sheets in the background.
If I have a virtual board meeting, I explain to everyone when this happening so they do not come and disturb me, and I can be 100% present in that board meeting and give my very best.
If I’m helping the kids build a Trojan Horse out of toilet roll, I’ll make sure I am putting all of my attention to this and not checking my WhatsApp in between taping and cutting.
When we have our family lunch, I’ll make sure I am 100% present and not distracted by my phone.