Some of us are still working, some of us are on furlough, those of us with portfolio careers might be doing a bit of both. All of us are finding new ways to do things and, in many cases, new things to do entirely. Whatever we are doing, it seems that almost all of us are waiting for normality to return and, whilst we wait, exploring new ideas.
I frequently talk about how we should all be looking for ways to diversify our professional lives and clearly if ever there was a time to do this, it’s now. I would, however, like to sound a note of caution. The heady novelty of working from home, the joy of being able to pursue personal interests and the quiet of the outside world have made everyone think about how much better their lives could be, but before you go too far, it’s worth considering what the world will look like in the future.
If you are thinking about starting something new, remember to keep reality-checking and interrogating your plans. Don’t pour all of your hopes and energies into a single route or try to recreate what you had before because that way heartbreak lies. As you plan your future here are some key issues to think about:
No doubt one day we will look back on these uncertain times and, with the benefit of 20:20 hindsight, be able to pinpoint all sorts of moments when we made right or wrong decisions and I can confidently state that we will all have made mistakes. But I am also confident that if we keep our wits about us, are flexible in our thinking and retain open channels of communication, we will find the route which leads to our own personal exit strategy.