I have posted about my son and I designing and building a new Ryzen 5 gaming laptop during the COVID-19 lock-down. After that I finished my first server build from the ground-up which will use Unraid to store, manage and access my data. In truth I did not have the opportunity to spend time with my son until the end of the lock-down and he was about to return to school. He had missed his mates and didn’t take well to the on-line learning on offer.
Looking back I wish that I’d thought to do this with him sooner. I just did not have the chance to think about it. In early March I was asked to lead our Pandemic response and from that moment I was working from when I woke until I couldn’t stay awake any longer in the evening. We all were and others played a much more important role in leading our national response which was swift and effective.
At that time uncertainty was high and we needed to take action and prepare. We formed a small cross-cutting team with the authority to make decisions and act. A risk-based approach was needed to assess and evaluate scenarios that we used to develop our plans and approach. The stakes were high and we were able to cut-through the usual barriers to effect significant change in the first three weeks. We spent another three weeks to refine and bed it down.
It was an amazing period and the highlight of my career in many respects. I feel incredibly privileged to have contributed to our response and enormously satisfied with what we achieved and how we went about it. We knew that there would be long-lasting impacts and we now have the opportunity to leverage the positive changes achieved through remote, flexible and collaborative ways of working.
In hind-sight I had not paid enough attention to the impact this had on all my family. I have four children and this pandemic affected each of them in ways didn’t realise. Be kind to yourself at this time and look out for the people you care most about. We have a long way to go and we will get through this. If you or someone you know is having trouble coping you should know that support is available and please use this.
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