With Lockdown 3.0 upon us, The Business Exchange is asking for your insights regarding coping strategies, new habits and how to stay positive throughout this third (and hopefully final) national lockdown.
Jonathan Knee is a Financial Advisor at Bath-based McKenzie & Co Financial Consultants. He reflects on the importance of staying active and not overthinking things.
How are you keeping positive through Lockdown 3.0?
It’s been challenging to stay positive but I’m proud that my business has proven to be resilient and that I have grown my client base, helping lots of people and businesses during the pandemic. That, along with the love and health of my family, has enabled me to relish the challenge in front of me and given me a much greater appreciation for the simple things in life.
How are you structuring your day? Have you changed your habits?
Monday to Friday hasn’t really changed much for me. My son has an EHCP (Educational Health Care Plan) and is at school all week, so I drop him off and either work at home or in our empty office on Kingsmead Square.
Are you doing anything new?
I cycle when I can and often go for walks in and around Bath, I’ve seen some really beautiful places on my treks! I’m a keen swimmer and can’t wait to see all my friends from Bath Dolphins Masters back in the pool again soon, swimming is my therapy and I miss that more than anything.
Have you changed your New Year resolutions?
I’ve been trying to manage the way I think about the negative things, both at work and life in general, putting them into a more positive perspective and not “overthinking” things.
Have you introduced any new rituals?
I recently stopped eating breakfast as I was always hungry throughout the day and wanted to see if that helped, which it has. I’d also like to start having an early morning walk too but am waiting for the mornings to be a bit brighter before starting that.
What are you most looking forward to when restrictions are lifted?
Being with my friends – I believe it’s so important to us as human beings. It’s a result of lockdown which I’m not sure has been taken into account seriously enough. I also can’t wait to visit my clients again, spending time with them in person.
What is your biggest goal this year?
My wife and I would like to get an extension to our house next year, how my business goes this year will be a significant factor in whether we will be able to do it or not. I’m confident in myself but I really hope the lockdown restrictions don’t reduce our opportunities again like they did last year, although I am completely aware that nothing should happen to put our amazing NHS at risk.
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