We’re starting social distancing week 3 in the Dyson household, and like you, we’re just thankful to be playing this tiny part in flattening the curve. In the past three weeks, I can count on one hand the number of times I’ve been out of the house, and most of those runs have been for groceries! With more counties in Georgia issuing shelter in place orders, grocery store runs, home, and neighborhood walks will likely be my routine for the foreseeable future.
I don’t dare complain. For a life-long introvert like myself, staying inside and to myself is the most natural thing state officials have asked us to do during this global pandemic. However, if you’re one of my extroverted friends, I understand you may find yourself feeling a bit stir crazy at this point and my husband can relate. But take it from someone who, to an extent, had practiced social distancing long before now; there is so much that you can do, at home, that can put you months ahead of where you’d be if not for this unexpected additional time. So, let’s all stay positive, make the best of it, and finally get ahead of our 2020 by;
1. Sticking to a schedule: I know it may seem like the hours and days are running into each other, but even with being home 90 percent of the time, I still stick to a schedule. Up by 7:00 AM; working my day job 8:00 AM – 4:30 PM; workout and dinner after work; and in bed by 11:00 PM. Any administrative blog-related tasks that I have, I fit into whatever downtime I have throughout the day and save almost all of my content creation for the weekends.
2. Getting in daily workouts: And yes, I said, “daily.” Now that none of us have a gym commute, I think this is doable! Usually, I’d work out at Orange Theory a few times a week. However, now that we are social distancing, I make sure to get similar HIIT style workouts from the comfort of my living room. I mostly use Sydney Cumming’s YouTube page for this as she posts new videos every morning at 5:00 AM. There are also apps, on-demand videos, Instagram pages, and so much more that you can use to get yourself some movement in for the day.
3. Setting goals: Or tasks that you “WILL” get done that day. For me, it’s a top 4 list. I create it every morning, standing in my kitchen as I drink my coffee. I’ve been reading Atomic Habits by James Clear, and I’ve realized that such a simple daily habit as this can set the tone for the entire day! I’ve also realized that since I’ve started doing this, I find myself multi-tasking a lot less throughout the day, which I’ve surprisingly discovered makes me more productive and efficient!
4. Starting or improving at least one new hobby: We all have something that we’ve wanted to start or that thing that we wish we had more time to put towards mastering it. For me, as I continue to grow my blog, it’s photography and video editing. Whatever it is for you, I challenge you to put at least one hour a day towards making yourself better at it!
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5: Finishing or starting our transition from Fall/Winter to Spring: For me, that begins with my closets! I’ve been slowly but surely packing up all my sweaters, coats, and boots to store away from the warmer months. I could probably get away without doing this because I have space to hold everything, but it’s so much easier to get dressed when the items I know I won’t be wearing for a while are out of sight.
6. Decluttering and organizing: The places where we spend so much of our time, which is our electronic devices. Just think about how much time we spend searching through emails, saved documents, pictures, a lot of what we should delete but never seem to get around to it! Well, now we have plenty of time. So, go ahead and clear some space and subsequently, your mind by purging the files you no longer need and creating some type of electronic management system so that it’s much easier to put your hands on what you need when you need it.
7. Re-binging some of our favorite shows: Like Crazy Ex-Girlfriend (love that show) or catch that new chick flick, rom-com that’s trending on Netflix. I’ve been hearing a lot about “Always A Bridesmaid” so I think I’ll be checking that one out this week. What are you watching these days? I’m always looking for recommendations to play in the background while I’m working.
8. FaceTimeing with friends and family: Honestly, our traditional busy schedules don’t always leave the time for those hours-long conversations with our friends and family, so let’s make up for it now. We’re social distancing, but we don’t have to be anti-social. I can’t think of a better time than right now to let our family know how much we love and miss them.
Although we’re currently in a scary time in America, I do hope you are taking the very best care of yourself and your family, physically and emotionally. If you’re like me, somebody who already deals with daily doses of anxiety, it can seem incredibly overwhelming. What’s helped me is to be aware of what’s going on but not immerse yourself in it. Step back from the news and social media, breathe, and get into some of the things I mentioned in this post.
Until next time!