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Lockdown Reflections Day 37: Slow down

Updated: May 3, 2020

It’s supposed to be a long weekend in South Africa, with Workers Day yesterday. And yet, my clients haven’t stopped. These are corporate types who are normally quite good about at least appearing to slow down on weekends.

If you have a job and are working now, you need to be careful of your pacing. We are not just getting through a 2 or 3 month crisis period and then it will be back to normal. We are going to be experiencing disruption for at least the rest of this year. And you’re not going to be able to take a beach or mountain holiday in August to recover. You’re going to be at home for quite a few months yet.

If you are the leader of a team, please work hard to help them slow down a bit. It won’t be any good to you if your team are completely wiped out a month from now.

They are stressed. They are struggling. If they have school aged children at home, they have a significant extra burden of home schooling that cannot just be ignored. Please, please, please, focus on their health and well-being during May. I know we have all needed to hustle during April, but now can we make May the month of wellness and finding a new pace. Please.

If we keep going like I am seeing people go at the moment, it won’t just be Covid killing us in a few weeks time.

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