The WFH Diaries - Sev Celik at Tonic Media Network

Chris Pash
By Chris Pash | 15 September 2021
Sev Celik.

AdNews last year launched the WFH Diaries during the depths of the fallout from the pandemic, a way of sharing how people managed their days.

This time, with lockdown running again, we're asking for a run down on how everyone likes to start their day working from home. Some dress to impress, others slip on the t-shirt. And everyone has their own way to carve the day into manageable chunks.

Sev Celik – Commercial Director, Tonic Media Network

I’m lucky my natural body clock wakes me up at 6.00am sharp. Every day. Without fail. I bound out of bed and check my sleep monitor app. I’ve had exactly 8-hours sleep! Did not stir once.  

Next, a big slurp of room temperature water and fresh lemon. A daily ritual for my digestive health. Not that I need it.... Already, I'm feeling super energised. Now, it's straight to my secret inner city rockpool to plunge myself into the harbour for a cold water therapy session - 50 laps and the colder the better to boost my cardiovascular circulation and give me, even more, energy.  

I'm back home at 7.00am for a shot of caffeine, green juice, a shower and little light makeup.  I'm multitasking - of course. That means a speed read of all the national and international news overnight, skimming headlines, tagging articles to read later from the AFR, New York Times and the Economist.

Last thing before I get on the morning check in with my team, a 15-minute yoga-meditation on my Down Dog yoga app. Could not live without it.  

On the team call now and everyone is as pumped as me.  Without fail, we all follow the same morning lockdown routine, so I’m not surprised they are all invigorated and ready to face any challenges the day may bring. We are all so in sync and connected. We like to think if this meeting were happening IRL, it'd be like a rugby scrum with positive vibes only!  SO MUCH ENERGY!! It’s 9.00am and I'm ready for my kale cold-press juice with a shot of the Metabolic Bomb. Pow! Punch!  

Beep, Beep, Beep, shit – I’ve hit snooze three times. It’s 9.00am. I quickly put on my trackies  and uggies and head to my computer – I’m late for my first Zoom call – I know, I’ll say I had tech issues! I must have been having a great dream – I wish I could remember it….

Everyone’s experience of lockdown is different. Some people will be fine, ready to fall back on their prepared coping strategies. Others will be totally burnt out. If you are like me you will swing between those two states depending on the day. 

Self-care for me is vital. To use the scuba diving analogy; scuba divers use oxygen tanks to dive deeply. Scuba divers must be trained, check and maintain their equipment, dive with a buddy, and have control. What fills your oxygen tank and what sustains your breath? It’s all individual and whatever strategy you use is perfect.

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