My remote working experience from Barbados

It’s certainly been an interesting last few weeks hasn’t it? I am sure for all of us this current global pandemic and its associated lockdown measures were not on any of our horizons for 2020. However, one thing I have learnt since my childhood is the ability to be flexible in adjusting to new realities and having a positive mindset even under trying circumstances. One of the biggest things I have missed over the last few weeks has been going to the gym but in the grand scheme of things of course this is only a minor inconvenience.

One development has been remote working. It’s been interesting to hear some of the feedback from people in the Channel Islands adjusting to that new reality. For some it’s been a real challenge, which I definitely understand. Remote working has been something I have been doing for the past seven months, and technology definitely makes that experience as effective and efficient as possible.

In Barbados, restrictions on movement have been introduced in stages, in line with increases in the number of COVID-19 cases. It was around three weeks ago when I stopped going to the gym, due to not wanting to take any chances. But at that point it was very much a case of free movement for all.

However, since last week Friday, our island has seen a full 24-hour lockdown come into effect. From speaking with my colleagues in Guernsey, islanders there are still able to exercise outside for up to two hours and go to the supermarket. These were both completely banned until yesterday, when supermarkets reopened for curbside pickups and deliveries. It will be interesting to see how things develop; our 24-hour lockdown will continue until midnight on 3 May.

My father always used to say when life gives you lemons, make lemonade and that is something I am trying to live by. I’m taking the time to read more, training to uplift my professional skills and working out at home to keep the endorphins up and my frame of mind positive. I think this time is unwanted by all of us as we eagerly await a return to normality. But it can be good for reassessing where you want to go in your life and career and determining whether you want to remain on the track you are on or switch to an alternative path. At the end of it all, we only have a finite number of days here and we should never waste our most precious of gifts – life and good health.

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