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Post COVID Reboot - Why Now?

Events of recent months have forced practices and their employees to react quickly, flexibly and under pressures not known before. The perfectionists amongst us have found themselves left frustrated and worried about quality of work due to having to provide services using remote consulting whilst adapting to these changes with little time to plan.  

Meanwhile dealing with heightened client emotions and factors such as not being able to allow clients to attend PTS consultations during lockdown has drained those who are by nature at risk of suffering from compassion fatigue.

As we now start to see a way forwards to a new way of working, and the dust starts to settle the opportunity arise to draw breath, take control and give yourself a mental and physical health check.

Here are our 4 steps to bouncing back from challenging times:

1. Make some time to review YOUR situation and give yourself a mental health check. Which area’s need attention? Consider the following:

If you select more than one area for focus, which is the most important to start with?

2. Once you have identified your areas for wellbeing focus, establish what good would look like in order to take planned steps towards it.  

For example, if you feel you are working in a whirlwind during the day, rushing from one task to another feeling you barely get time to draw breath, what would a good day look like? Do you need to maintain more control of your time? Learn to delegate more? Develop your skills at prioritising? Learn to say no and be more realistic with your time? Or perhaps its about making sure you factor in time to fit your own oxygen mask first to keep you primed in a good mental and physical state enabling you to perform at your best

3. From this you can establish where the pinch-points are for you. Considering what good looks like for the area you need to focus on, what actions could you take to move further towards this?  

  • Do you need to start the day with more of a plan?  
  • Is it that you need to manage distractions more effectively?
  • Do you need to protect and make best use of break times?
  • Which aspects are in your control and which are within your sphere of influence? What’s likely to throw you off course?  

4. Make an action plan. Establish the actions you will take, when you will take them and who you may need to help or support you in making these changes and turning them into habits.

As we move into a new way of working, emerging from testing times, now is your opportunity to reflect, reset and plan how we want things to be moving forwards.

By taking the time to press pause, identifying the areas for focus and take actions to rectify any in-balances you are taking steps away from a reactive way of surviving, and towards a proactive way of thriving.


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