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Staying Safe, Sane And Sharp

Let’s be honest, folks. In May of 2020, we are in some exceptionally interesting times.

That’s why it is imperative, now more than ever, for us to all stay safe, sane and sharp.

Now, it’s very easy to blurt that out. It’s a bit more to expand on it. So, let’s dive in to each of those ideas and have some fun.

Staying Safe

This one seems like the easiest of them all. Stay home if you can. Wash your hands, wear a mask, stay socially distanced. All of that that we’ve heard plenty of over the last few months.

But…there is more. Part of this is going to be covered in the next section too.

Stay mentally safe (and healthy). Make sure, while staying distanced, you do not stay distant. Connect with friends and family using some conferencing or video chat on a regular basis. I’ve heard of families having a virtual family dinner using iPads and FaceTime. for example.

Point being, there is more to staying safe and healthy than just wearing masks and washing hands. Take care of your mental health too, so you can…

Stay Sane!

Mental health is important. It’s perfectly OK to have bad days, especially now. While we’ve been doing this for a few months now, and it’s become our new normal (sort of), it’s not normal. Our routines are off. That can be stressful.

If you are feeling overwhelmed, talk to someone. Do not be afraid to ask for help. Do not feel awkward about anything at all when it comes to your well-being. With more isolation than you are used to, it’s very easy to end up bottling things up…and that could be bad.

Take breaks from work, too. Working from home can blur the lines of when home life and work life stops and starts. Take breaks, go for a walk, sit in the back yard. Heck, if you have kids, perhaps help them with some homework?

It’s easy to get very absorbed in something, so do what you have to do to ensure you take breaks. Set alarms or reminders on your phone. Maybe use an app to explore some mediation or other relaxation techniques.

Do what works for you, but do what you can to stay sane.

Stay Sharp!

Here’s the hook. Stay sharp! Make sure you learn. Pick up a new skill, or practice a rusty one.

Now, here’s where WiFi Training can help, of course!

We are still offering virtual boot camps. These are a great, remote and instructor-led training option. I just took one through work for the first part of my CCNP a month or so back.

If that price point is a bit too rich for your blood, there are other choices too. We offer self-paced workbooks, for example.

And, if you’d rather not do anything too structured, or too pricey, you could always decide to buy a book on Python and learn that? Or maybe take a crack at one of the newer Cisco certs, like DevNet.

You can also take the time and opportunity to clean up your home network (without upsetting your customers, if you live with family). Add new hardware, clean up old gear, move your APs to improve WiFi…any or all of the above. For me, it’s getting around to pulling new cables and adding some APs, along with a new switch and moving my existing controller. All that work is good practice, and it helps me refine and retain my CCNP training.

And when the home network is completed, I am going to work on my home lab network too. I have the gear, but with the time I have finally worked on getting a more proper network closet space, so I can permanently mount my gear and have easier access to it wherever I am going to be. It’s such a simple fix, but one I never had time for before.

All of that is helping me stay sharp, outside of handling my usual work.

The point in all of this? Do what you have to do to stay awake and sane and safe. That way, whenever we can get back to normal, or something approaching  it, you will be in a good place and ready to go.

Stay safe folks!

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May 14, 2020

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