Wellbeing tips for lockdown 3.0

As we approach February, it’s been nearly four weeks of lockdown 3.0. We know many of our partners are juggling their businesses, home schooling and other responsibilities. So we thought we’d pull together a few tips for taking care of yourself as we approach the next few weeks. One size doesn’t fit all here. We’d love to hear any of your experiences. Every little helps. 

Find the routine that works for you. 

Dolly’s method isn’t necessarily the way to make a living at the moment. We can all be forgiven for ditching the traditional 9-5 and finding the routine that works best around schooling, partner work habits and other responsibilities. 

You might find that getting a few hours in early in the morning is what does it for you. It might be late into the evening once everything else has settled down. Whatever way works for you, make sure you cut yourself some slack. You’re doing your very best. You never know, you might find that your creativity actually thrives outside the traditional working day. This might illuminate you to a new way of working you hadn’t considered before. 

Make time for yourself. 

We know our partners and we know how dedicated you are to what you do. But in the middle of a lot of chaos, it’s so important to remember to carve out some time for yourself in the day. You might get an hour, you might get ten minutes. But remembering to stop, step back and smell the roses (no matter how long for) is so important for maintaining your wellbeing. 

Whether you watch your favourite show, work out, play your favourite video game or simply sit in silence away from a screen for a short time, doing something for yourself in the day will help you to slow down from work. Working from home, especially when you’re a business owner, can make it feel almost impossible to step away from the desk. Remember the importance of a work-life balance. 

Stay connected to others. 

Never has a situation affected so many people around the globe. So the chances are, there will always be someone who knows exactly what you’re going through. Part of carving that time out for yourself will include staying connected to your friends and family. It’s easy to start feeling isolated when not leaving the four walls of your house (and the other people in it). 

The Northern Affinity is full of people who share a passion for what they do. Make the most of your community. A number of our partners are in the same boat – juggling managing their business on top of young families at home. When things get tough, reach out. We use several platforms to stay in touch and there is always someone to chat to. While our circumstances aren’t all identical, we’re all in the same wider situation. 

We hope you’re all doing well. While the lockdowns have meant we’ve been unable to do a lot of the things we normally love, they’ve also presented a number of really positive opportunities we may never have had before. 

If you’d like more information about connecting with The Northern Affinity, we’ll soon be expanding across Greater Manchester and South Yorkshire. To find out how to get involved, please contact us. We’d love to hear from you!

Your business new year’s resolutions

The time for writing new year’s resolutions has come around again. Have you decided on any for your business for 2021? We thought we’d take a look at some of the most popular business resolutions and how you can implement them this year to help your business grow and flourish. 

Firstly, let’s start by saying that small changes can often amount to big change in the long run. Often when we set ourselves a number of enormous targets and challenges all at once, our success rate isn’t that great. Best to break it down into small (and most importantly) achievable chunks. 

Delegation 

Most of our partners are small business owners and it’s not uncommon for small business owners to feel like they need to do everything and do it well. Realistically, few of us are true Jack of all trades. Is there room for you to delegate or outsource something that’s taking up too much of your time or that you feel could be done better by someone else? Knowing the point at which to start sharing the load could be the turning point for the growth of your business. 

If you’re feeling nervous about letting go of the reins, like we said, start small. You might only give one job over this year but it’s one job less for you to worry about. 

Attend more networking events. 

Well, this one is obviously going to be slightly strange at the moment. By now, most of us have gotten used to the idea of virtual networking. In fact, we know many of you actually prefer it as it saves you valuable time in travel. 

Why not explore your virtual networking opportunities? And don’t feel like you need to attend every single available one out there. Attending several before you find the right one that’s a good fit and actually brings you business can take time. It’s a real quality over quantity situation. There’s no point spreading yourself too thin for things that aren’t actually going to help you grow. 

At The Northern Affinity, we have several networking events available. Come and get to know other like minded northern business owners. We’d love to see you there. 

Make more time for personal development. 

The old saying goes, ‘everyday’s a school day’. There’s always something to learn. How often do we find ourselves shelving our personal development plans because something else gets in the way. 

Remember what we said about starting small? Practise assigning specific time to your personal development. Even if that’s 15 minutes a day to read a quick chapter of the book you’ve been meaning to read, or starting the podcast you’ve been meaning to listen to.

When your 15 minutes becomes part of your routine, up it to 20. And so on and so on. When we’re busy making things happen, we forget to invest time in ourselves. 

Will you be trying to increase your personal development time in 2021? 

Get your name out there. 

During the first national lockdown, many of you turned your efforts to your marketing. And rightly so. In many cases, that’s something that gets forgotten about. 

Is one of your resolutions for your business to get your name out there more often? 

Whether it’s getting set up on the right channels, executing your dream campaign or growing your mailing list, there’s lots you can do. While we’re in the midst of a second national lockdown, your marketing is going to be one of your biggest assets.

And if you’re not sure where to begin, plenty of our partners are on hand to help

It might not have been the start of the year any of us were hoping for. But we’ve done it once and we’ll do it again. In the face of adversity, there are an awful lot of opportunities as well. The Northern Affinity will be doing everything we can to provide as many events and ways to stay connected as possible. Whether that’s through our podcast, live videos and online events. We’ve got you covered.

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