Finding Your Passion - And Your People - Is The Way Through Darkness
18th June 2021
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Extroverts out there won’t need any explanation as to what living under strict lockdown conditions does to your state of mind! I’m an outgoing, people-person who needs other human beings to interact with on a daily basis. What do you do to hold on to your sanity when this is just not possible?!
Find your go-to passion - and make sure you nurture it every single day - in any way you can! Mine is cycling - but it can be anything - and its importance can’t be emphasized enough. It’s also super-important to make sure you have the right people around you (even virtually) to give you the support you need.
My biggest challenge during this pandemic has been learning how to coach and mentor people successfully online - when it’s just SO much easier to do face-to-face in the office! I know there are many benefits to working from home (less time commuting being a big one!) but when you have serious family and personal responsibilities, it can be daunting trying to balance these in the same environment as your work one. I’ve really missed being in the office where I can get the people-fix I need every day - and - importantly - focus only on my work. It really isn’t so easy to demonstrate and clearly explain complex concepts (like geospatial or coding tools) when you’re interacting with a computer, rather than an actual person. I’ve found it frustrating trying to support my mentees in the best possible way. Prior experience showed me that people ‘get it’ so much more quickly and easily when you’re sat beside them and they can easily take in the shortcuts and tips you’re giving them. Plus you don’t have to handle potential pitfalls like intermittent or bad internet connections!
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