March 31, 2020 Eóin Kearney

Time to go back to basics?

Thoughts for Freelancers and Everyone Else

With all that is going on in the world at the moment, there is no better time to go back to basics. At this time, when many of us are (if we’re lucky) working from home, we have an opportunity to reevaluate everything we do, both professionally and personally.

At this time,
while we must look out for each other,
we should also look after ourselves.

I have started to see many connections within my LinkedIn feed notifying their networks of their lay off due to the current situation. Most, while looking for new work are also volunteering to help those in need during this unprecedented time. This is so heartwarming to see and really shows the good in people. The one thing I have yet to see, though, is someone grabbing this bull by the horns and announcing their newfound opportunity… e.g. ‘After being let go from my job this morning, I have been given a great opportunity to find my next challenge/new adventure…’ or to go one further, ‘You have been given a great opportunity as I am now available to take on a new role’. Believe me, I am not making light of this situation, one, although not coronavirus related, I also find myself in.

This is the perfect time to look back on what you have done to date and where you want to go next. Having now watched the entire back catalogue of both Netflix and Youtube, I feel I am in the perfect position to go back to basics. Now is the perfect time to go back to the start of your learnings and see if you have stopped using certain tools you once relied on so heavily. Now is the perfect time to take a step back and rediscover certain attributes, skills and knowledge you may have started to take for granted and therefore go unrewarded.

Whether it is simply curating your Instagram feed, editing your CV/résumé or clearing the cupboards, there has been no better time to use time for yourself. For a photographer, it could be looking back at how you have used light in the past and how you could use it differently. For a writer, it could be reviewing your past works and seeing areas where you can develop further. For a chef, it could be an amazing time to start creating new recipes. You could retrain or go one further and learn a new skill from scratch.

In short, most of us spend so much of our lives with our heads down, focused on the task at hand. In this unprecedented time, in some weird way, we have been given back time — time we can use for ourselves — to really think…are we happy, mentally, am I coping? Can we use this time to set a new course?

It must be noted, not everyone is in such a position. We must acknowledge those who are struggling with illness or other issues such as finances and those who are separated from their friends and family. Most importantly, the frontline workers who are putting others before their own health and wellbeing. Thank you!

At this time, while we must look out for each other, we should also look after ourselves.

Eóin Kearney

Originally from Dublin, Ireland, I bring with me a huge passion for innovation, strategic marketing, and design. Currently based in The Netherlands, I’ve also been fortunate to have lived and worked in both the U.S. and France. If this article helps please get in touch.