Since we have finally remembered that all of us are of the same species, rather than these and those nations, it comes as no surprise that people from across the globe have similar daily schedules. Unsurprisingly, we also seem to face the same troubles.
Namely, isolation can be very difficult for people used to socializing, especially in the workplace, but for us who are in favor of the gig economy, the situation is not so uncommon.
Because people are “social animals” (the majority, anyway), they find it difficult not being able to hang around their favorite spots with their friends and family. With the development of the internet era, however, nearly everything can be substituted… except for the human touch.
Keep in Touch With People
From what I have gathered looking at the tips people are sharing far and wide – from amazingly absurd to extremely helpful – the main issue for many is lack of communication.
This might be more profound for people living alone, but it is not necessarily so. Even families and couples seem to face the same issue.
Our first tip would, therefore, be: keep in touch with people.
Really, this is easily done. A couple of days ago, I attended a virtual birthday party of a friend on Zoom, and the app is only one of many that offer the benefit of enjoying the company of others in a seamless way.
Even some of the weekly gatherings have been replaced with virtual ones. I’d argue that they are even better than live ones in that the participants are more relaxed in their home-edition.
There’s almost no advice that doesn’t state the obvious rule of the quarantine: keep away from the fridge!
Seriously, you should consult the Japanese in a matter of spare time. A number of studies have shown that they simply don’t know what to do with it. It almost makes the concept of karōshi palpable nowadays.
Judging by the common complaints, it would appear that other cultures are not far off. When faced with whole days of freedom, people are simply bored. For most, it translates into overeating. For others, into various states of the mind that psychiatrists love to define.
Lately, there have been some experts explaining how children may feel anxious in the current setting. Seriously, do we really need to be told that?
Grownups are no different. While children more commonly use their energy to play outside (or so it should be), adults also need their daily workout.
Since the COVID-19 madness has begun, many have turned to embrace ancient eastern wisdom in forms of meditation and yoga.
Whatever works for you as long as you practice it daily is fine.
Don’t Forget Work
Even though you are cooped up inside, your job hasn’t changed. Even if the future appears uncertain at the moment, there’s no place for panic. Taxes will even wait, so just stick to your daily schedule.
In the beginning, this might get tricky, especially if you’re new at this. The trick lies in allocating a spot to serve as your office and forget all about it once your working hours are over for the day.
Some people work from the garage or attic (if their property has them, naturally) while others allocate a spot in the dining room or bedroom for that purpose. Whatever works for you is fine, but remember that the spot is off-limits outside of your working hours.
Next on, make a schedule every day. The boundaries between job-related tasks and spacing out are somewhat blurred when you have the freedom to take breaks whenever you want, so have a care. People unused to working from home often find themselves wasting their precious time on social media and emails, and only realize their mistake when it’s too late.
The trick is to imagine that you’re working from your office. When you wake up, take a shower and dress (yes, seriously!), have a bite of your favorite breakfast, and get to work.
Include breaks in your daily schedule, even if your lunch is only a few steps away from your home office. Also, set limits for leisure activities (this includes “hanging out” on social media channels and checking incoming non-business email).
Here’s an example of a schedule done right:
- 8 AM to 8:30 AM: take a shower, get dressed, have breakfast
- 1 PM to 1:30 PM: lunch break
- 3 PM to 3:15 PM: wash dishes/read newspapers/listen to music
- 5 PM to 5:45 PM: exercise
- 7 PM to 9 PM: watch TV/read a book/meet with people online
We intentionally left out time slots for cleaning, since everyone seems to be preoccupied with it nowadays. Keeping your house clean goes without saying, so work the best schedule out in accordance with your daily tasks. And of course, the time slot you don’t see means that you’ll be busy at work.
Sleep the Night Away
If there ever was a chance to get rested as much as you deserve, it is happening now. Rather than feeling anxious and alone (which you certainly are not – we’re all in this together!), appreciate the opportunity to rest.
Even if you have to wake up at a certain point to start with your daily business tasks, remember that you don’t have to get up even earlier to get ready and commute to work. For women, there’s an addition: you don’t have to apply your makeup! Seriously, can it get any cooler than that? Dressing in leisurewear and having a cup of coffee whenever you see fit? We don’t think so.
Psychiatrists would also persistently insist on sleep being paramount in fighting stress and anxiety. You know the rest of the story – lack of sleep equals poor immunity, poorer immunity doesn’t fight off diseases properly, and so on and so forth.
Personally, that mental excuse is absolutely unnecessary. Go to bed when you are feeling sleepy, just like you always do. The only difference is that you won’t get through the stress of getting ready for your daily job preparations and commuting when you wake up.
Staying at home can actually be great once you realize what you’ve been missing out all along. The freedom to spend whole days just as you see fit is priceless. In fact, once you get used to it, you’ll have difficulties readjusting to the previous routine because you will have realized that you actually face numerous limitations during your “regular days.”
If you don’t come to the conclusion that work and money are all you think about most of the days, you will have missed the opportunity of a lifetime to make changes for the better in your everyday life.
Enjoy the freedom this terrible situation has suddenly granted you. The less you read negative news, the better off you are, too. Grab the opportunity to visit virtually all museums you always wanted to binge-watch Netflix and other streaming services to your heart’s content and only occasionally venture into the madness we call news today. In case you haven’t noticed already, free content has never been more abundant. Enjoy it while you can!