Lessons from the 2020 package

It is the year-end. It is that time of the year when people are busy deciding on best film celebrities, best newsmakers, best sports stars, best moments, and whatever else that can be classified as best. Remember this is 2020. The year is different and unique. Covid-19 and everything related to Covid-19 wins hands down. No debates here. So, we are all exposed to memes and jokes about 2020 and what 2021 may have in store for us. Exposed is an understatement, perhaps. We are, in fact, flooded with it. 

Finding a balance

One thing we cannot deny is that 2020 was a wake-up call with a strong message delivered emphatically. The message is on the importance of striking the right balance. From what I went through and saw my near and dear ones go through, here are the three things that stand out for me. 

While at work and in office, how often did we think it will be so lovely to be working from home regularly. In the comfortable environs of your place with all energies and attention on the task job, you need to complete. What seemed like a pipe dream, suddenly became a reality, one that has stayed through the year since April. In these nine months, there is fatigue of work from home. Remote working, work from home, work from anywhere may no longer be the pet phrases for many as 2020 winds down.

Quality time

Nothing made us realise how critical time management is and how important it is to spend quality than the pandemic. We are working from home, and we saved travel time, we were productive and focused. Our families, spouse and children, too following the same routine. Yet, we may not have spent quality time with the family as we would have liked. Be it folks in firms or corp comm, the feedback was universal-that they ended up spending more time on work than before or than they anticipated. Being around at home and with the family has not enhanced the quality time, although the quantum of time spent under one roof has gone up. 

Patience and gratitude

Lockdown, partial lockdown, night curfew, work from home, no restaurants, no cinema halls, no large public gatherings, and so goes the list. We spent most of the year thinking, this too shall pass, and things will get normal, it will stabilise. In the process, we developed more patience and practised more gratitude. Covid-19 has tested our patience to the maximum. It has also shown us time and again many things we should feel grateful. 

Me time

Did we have too much me-time this year? Or was it less? How did we utilise it? Did it make us feel good? Experiences may vary. However, we cannot deny this too was one of the central factors during the year. 

This year is certainly a year that threw everything off balance. Our work, style of work, our personal life, just about everything, felt the impact of the pandemic. Vaccine on the horizon and things look promising in 2021. Let us hope it brings about another new normal or takes back to old normal.

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Radha Radhakrishnan
Radha Radhakrishnan has over 25 years of experience in corporate communications and marketing across different industries and geographies. She has built a reputation as a storyteller and a creative thinker. She has mentored social entrepreneurial startups and has been a visiting faculty at premier communications institutes in India. She is currently the global head of corporate communications at Wipro Enterprises. She anchors the weekly PR and Communication podcast, Mrigashira.

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