April 2, 2020

Let’s keep talking: Part 2

How downtime can be our most effective time.

Across the nation, many people have either been forced to work remotely or have no work at all. Downtime, it seems, has been forced upon millions. Interestingly, it’s not the first time this has happened. 

In the 17th Century, the Great Plague of London compelled thousands to lock themselves away. In fact, Isaac Newton – who was studying at Trinity College at the time – was sent back to his family’s estate where he was left with little to do except ponder.

It was during this forced period of isolation that the young Isaac achieved his greatest work within the areas of mathematics and physics. He didn’t just survive, he thrived.

And that’s not a bad example for all of us right now. So, how can we take a page out of Isaac’s book? How can we ensure our downtime is our most effective time? 

Here are a few thoughts:

1. Exercise. Take time to take care of your most important asset: You. Being active energises your body, clears your mind and helps you create fresh new ideas. 

2. Volunteer. Helping out local charities or non-profit organisations can be personally fulfilling and is a great way to give back and can provide balance and perspective. 

3. Reflect. Sometimes you can achieve more by doing less. By clearing your head, you can re-assess old habits and allow new ‘aha’ moments to take place (just like Newton’s falling apple which led to the theory of gravitation.). 

4. Recharge. Inspiring activities such as gardening, reading and painting can help power-up your imagination. This is especially important if you usually spend time stuck in an office. 

5. Plan. Having a short-term list of to-dos is fine. But what about those long-term goals? If you don’t sit down and plan it won’t be accomplished. 

Ultimately, we can use our downtime to strengthen our relationships with friends, family and colleagues at work. Today’s tech makes it simple to keep in touch and to open up new opportunities. 

For instance, at etc.venues, we’re already blending the real with the virtual to offer VR tours making it easy to discover new spaces and to plan ahead. Why not explore one now? And, of course, if you have any questions, get in touch. 

After all, it’s good to keep talking…

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