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Leanne Pilkington

What Shutdown Has Taught Me

Leanne Pilkington shares the top things she has learned during the COVID-19 pandemic, including what to do in the middle of a crisis, when she is working from home and once the weekend arrives.


The COVID-19 pandemic has changed our lives drastically. Now, more than ever, it is important to be regularly checking in with your friends, family, clients and colleagues.

Through all the back-to-back Zoom meetings, office equipment moving, yoga pants wearing and check-ins with people around me, there have been many things I have learned from this shutdown we’ve all experienced. Here’s what the shutdown has taught me:

When I am in the middle of a crisis…

  • People want clear, simple information that they can trust.
  • You cannot over-communicate.
  • It is reassuring for people when you communicate regularly.
  • Everybody reacts and copes differently.
  • Staying calm helps everyone, because buying into the drama causes more stress.
  • Being of service to others helps you as much as it helps them.

When I am working from home…

  • Routine, structure and rituals are now more important than ever.
  • I actually see and talk to my team more than normal.
  • Exercise is essential. Even though it might be different, let your body tell you what it needs.
  • Looking the part helps you be the part.
  • Yoga pants go with EVERYTHING!
  • You never need to wear high-heels (and if you have a pair handy for Zoom show-and-tell, no one ever needs to know.

When it’s the weekend…

  • I express gratitude for the relationship I have with my husband!
  • I realise it will take a long time for me to miss going out.
  • I know there is always another cupboard that needs spring cleaning.
  • The truth is, there are some jobs that you will NEVER find the time to do.
  • I still don’t have time to read a book.
  • They still go fast, even when you don’t leave the house!