Its fair to say that 2020 has not been the year I imagined. When I started working from home in March, I never would have expected that this would still be the case come August!

For many people, having to stay at home has forced new lifestyle choices, and for many of us to take up new hobbies. As the UK moves back to normal, I’ve taken time to reflect on what I would like change post-lockdown.

Spend more time outdoors

At the start of lockdown, we were blessed with gorgeous weather and I made the most of pottering in the garden and walking in the local parks. I found this to be a great way to switch off after a day of working from home.

It may be a walk round the block, or simply getting some fresh air in the garden, but spending time outdoors can be therapeutic and is something I plan do more of after lockdown.

Busy does not equal success

From speaking to friends and my colleagues, I’ve looked at my own lifestyle. Most professionals fall into the trap of unconsciously thinking busy equals success.

In fact, being busy 100 per cent of the time leaves most people feeling burnt out. Taking time off to rest, recoup and do what you love allows your mind to reset and means you can tackle your day to day with a positive mindset.

Implementing a free evening every week and making sure I have a weekend with no plans every now and then is something I intend to take forward.

Importance of family

Over the past few years, I have given less time to my family. It wasn’t a conscious decision, more because I’ve been ‘busy’. Lockdown has made me consider the importance of spending quality time with loved ones as they have been the same people I have missed most.

While Zoom and Facetime calls have allowed us to keep in touch, quality time with our loved ones is invaluable.

Foreign travel is a must for me!

Foreign travel is something I have truly missed this year. For me, there is nothing like experiencing the sights, tastes and culture of a new country. This fills up my cup like nothing else and is something I can’t wait to pick back up as soon as we can. I’m sure having a year away from the foreign lands I long for will make me appreciate a trip out of the UK even more.

Although the year so far was not what I had planned, it has been an invaluable time for me to reconsider my priorities and will certainly be one to remember. I can’t wait to continue with the rest of the year. I will be stepping into August with a fresh mindset and a newfound knowledge that will get me through lockdown and into the future.