Use the Pandemic as a Catalyst for Change
19 June 20  /  Covid-19

The coronavirus pandemic has put all our short-term needs front and centre. Just getting through one week of virtual work meetings, school lessons for the Children, and food shopping can be a challenge. And if you are one of those unfortunate to struggling with income loss / reduction or unemployment, those daily to-dos can feel even more pressing.  
 
However, as the conversation starts shifting towards when and how to reopen the country, it is worth taking a few moments to broaden our perspective beyond immediate concerns. As hard as this experience has been, social distancing has probably changed the way you live, work, spend, and communicate in a few positive ways as well. Some of the habits you have developed over the last couple months might be worth bringing with you once we are all out in the wider world again.
 
Change how you work
 
Your first few virtual conference calls were probably awkward, with participants struggling to adjust audio/video equipment and talking over each other. Now that we have all learned the “language” of Zoom and Teams, those meetings are becoming much more productive.  
 
Whatever role you are in, explore how remote working arrangements could save time and create a more flexible and personal work routine. Once your company is not in crisis mode, integrating more virtual meetings into your communication rhythm might make your workforce feel more connected, but be careful not to lose the ever important social connections.
 
Change how you eat
 
Except for the occasional curbside pickup run to support our local restaurants, most of us are eating our meals at home. Working through all those cookbooks has been an educational and entertaining way to pass time in lockdown. But it’s also been better for your health, especially if you’re not drifting in and out of the kitchen for snacks all day.  
 
Develop a solid menu of at-home meals you can keep in rotation so that after the pandemic your family will still be spending some extra quality time together while eating quality food.  
 
Change how you budget
 
Whether you have economised just by staying home or made some tough cuts out of necessity, lockdown has probably had a profound impact on how you spend your money. Some people are setting a monthly budget for the very first time.  
 
That is a habit we hope will continue after this crisis passes. The single biggest factor in your financial plan is your spending. If you have extra cash right now because you are not filling up your car every other day and popping into coffee shops, we recommend using those funds to top off your emergency savings accounts or boost your investments.  
 
Social distancing might have made you look at some of your non-essential spending in a different light. Under normal circumstances, were you really using those social club and gym memberships enough to justify the expense? Are there entertainment subscriptions you are still not really using, even during lockdown? How much money could you save on food if you keep planning out weekly meals before Supermarket runs?
 
Change how you live
 
We have all experienced the coronavirus pandemic in both public and personal ways. Some of us cannot wait to jump right back into our old routines and add in a few positive habits we have picked up during quarantine.
 
Maybe the necessity of social distancing has made you think about all those unrealised holiday dreams.  
 
Maybe video chatting with friends and family scattered across the country has you thinking about relocating.  
 
Maybe you have been asking yourself, “Before all this started, was I really using my money to live my best possible life?”
 
If the coronavirus pandemic has added some new transitions and destinations to your life, the best time to start making those plans is right now. We are ready to talk about the changes you want to make to keep your financial plan in sync with the life you want to live.

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