Well, a lot of us have gained some free time. That sounds weird for me, because I still actually have to go to work as I am designated as a key worker, but also a decision was made to cancel an event I work on, and so things have kinda just dipped down a little. But that doesn’t mean I actually ever stop. Plans abound, podcasts recording and Instagram content being taken, I’m still on it.
In fact, the latest episode of my podcast “Pop The Kettle On, Chuck” goes over the general situation and also my tips to stave off boredom and be prepared for when lockdown and self-isolation ends. However, not everyone listens to that, or tunes into my Instagram stories – so I’ve decided to jump back here to go over everything.
Firstly, it’s important to establish a new routine. Have the occasional sleep in, but make sure if you’re still working, you’re still being efficient. Instead of the commute, add the time to your morning – have a nice breakfast and make a ritual out of it, to start your day in a better frame of mind. Ignore the chatter on socials and just set your mood for the day.
It can be boring staying at home, but it can also be boring working in the same space. You just don’t pay that much attention because you have to be there. I have set aside a room to use as an office, and it’s important that you now designate a new work area away from prominent distractions, because that will make you less efficient.
Make sure you still have your lunch break, and make sure you’re leaving in a reasonable manner as if you had actually been at work, because you don’t want to end up feeling deflated once you go back to work.
Aside from that, it’s important to find the time for other bits and pieces. If you find yourself out of work because it’s all closed down, make plans for after the lockdown. Don’t set definitive completion dates, just have goals that are like “one month after the start”, to allow your plan to be flexible around the ever changing situation we’re in.
If you have extra time and Netflix is exhausted, why not find new things to do? You can read a book, listen to a podcast or develop a new hobby. Ever had a bucket list, or set yourself, a resolution you never completed? Hello, this is your time!
Reach out to family, you’re the not the only person who is on their own, away from people and having to do this. We’re all in this together – when I’m not at work, I’m at home, observing the lockdown and self isolation, social distancing, everything that has been said. It’s important. I have no option, and the quicker we get through this, the quicker life can return to normal.
The most important thing you need to take away from this, is to stay safe, because we’re responsible for our own actions, and spreading this virus is only going to make things a lot worse.