Getting away from it all

I’m pretty sure that when our remote ancestors ventured forth from their caves in search of food, they were cautious. Food sources tended to bite back…

Now that we have “civilised” the food gathering process, leaving our homes should be enjoyable and most of us would agree with that sentiment, until COVID came along. Now we wear masks and avoid close contact with other human beings, who we are told, are harbingers of the dreaded coronavirus.

Traffic lights now control the booking of an overseas holiday in the sun; will we or won’t we have to self-isolate when we return home, including the risk of a red light change and the prospect (and cost) of a forced stay in a UK hotel?

Time to confront these challenges

Opinion is no longer divided, we need to get used to living with COVID. Vaccines will help and annual booster shots will become a common part of our health management routines.

If we need to work part-time from home, so be it. But one thing is certain, we are sociable beings and to survive we need to socialise. Whilst we all love our homes – well most of us do – there are times when we need a change.

Head for the beach

Whether we travel abroad or the UK coast it is time to pack your bags and get away. And there is a good reason for doing this – apart from saving our sanity – and that is achieving a measure of objectivity.

Back to the cave. If we never ventured outside the cave, aside from the health risks and having no food, the outside world would cease to exist. Our world view would reduce to rock on all sides. Once outside, we can see, objectively, that there is more to life than four walls.

Business will suffer

Aside from the very real disruption many businesses have had to cope with in the last eighteen months, taking a break from work will give you a chance to see the wood for the trees.

Ironically, we are all guilty of spending more time in our businesses than working on our businesses. If you physically distance your self from work (including your home office) you may regain some perspective on why your are in business in the first place.

And more on that question in my next post.

Bob Edwards

Bob has been working with practices across the UK offering novel ways to improve cross-sales and increase new client acquisitions. He is also interested in "step changes" in legislation that offer challenges, and therefore opportunities, for practitioners to provide new recurring and one-off support services to clients.

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