Tuesday of week 3: Self-isolation at 20 paces

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It’s Tuesday, week 3, of my self isolation. It’s gray and nasty outside but that doesn’t mean a thing because it’s not like I’m going anywhere since my state is under stay at home orders until June 10th.

Here’s what went down today:

  • The usual assortment of work-related calls as a new sprint kicks off.
  • I tried to buy some heavier kettle bells online only to find them sold out at Amazon, Target.com, and Walmart.com.
  • Doing the usual last minutes tweaks and changes to a new TechTarget article that’s due on Friday.

I’ve had two married people I know tell me in recent days how lucky I am to live by myself. My response each time was the grass isn’t always greener. 

How did your Tuesday go?

Entering week #3: It’s a self isolation marathon, not a sprint edition

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It’s Monday of the third week of my self isolation because of the coronavirus.  I’m at peace that the coronavirus will be a marathon, not a sprint, and have adjusted my expectations. I’m continue to try to further refine my schedule to keep myself busy.

Here’s how my day went:

  • Spent some time on my Bosu ball this morning and need to stop dragging my feet on a home exercise habit.
  • The usual work calls during the day.
  • Finished up some contributions for opensource.com so I can send them in.
  • Working towards a deadline this Friday for TechTarget.

The Governor of Virginia also delivered a stay at home in order for residents until June 10th. I’m still trying to wrap my head around that date.

How is your remote work going?

Saturday’s alright for isolation. No, not really.

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While I love the gym after it’s over I found myself dragging myself to the gym on Saturday mornings. This morning I stayed in bed way too late, disappointed that I couldn’t go to the gym and get in some circuit training.

Here’s how I spent my Saturday:

  • I published a new post to LinkedIn based on how technical writers can improve their working relationships.
  • I finished up a short post for LinkedIn that I set up in HootSuite to publish later in the week.
  • The bulk of my afternoon was spent writing an upcoming article for TechTarget. I had a slow start but finally hit my stride and got to take my mind off the Coronavirus.
  • I finished watching Season 2 of Ugly Delicious on Netflix.

I also got to speak to a friend who lives outside the DC area and compared what was happening in our local areas.

How did your Saturday in isolation go?

Week 2 ends with some lessons learned

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Friday normally represents a changing of gears for me. It’s the end of the workweek. It’s a day off from the gym so my evening is free to fun and other pursuits. I look forward to Saturday morning when I can go to the gym and then go work on personal projects. Well, my gym is still closed but I’ll be writing a new article for TechTarget tomorrow.

Lessons learned during the last two weeks:

  • Go to the grocery store first thing in the morning with a list of items. Be prepared that some of what I want won’t be in stock
  • Keep my airpods charged up at all times
  • Keep a to-do list, even if it’s overly ambitious, and prioritize personal projects
  • Keep to a schedule even for personal projects and tasks
  • Try to take some time for fun even if you have to put the time in your schedule

What are some things you’ve learned during the last two weeks?

Working and writing my way through social isolation

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It’s Thursday of my second week in social isolation. I’m thankful that I have a job that affords me the opportunity to work from home. Being a technical writer is already a very solitary job at times. However, that still didn’t prepare me for working from home during a pandemic.

Here are some things I have going on right now:

  • Spent the morning doing some research for a work project
  • Attended the IDG TECHtalk Twitter Chat at lunch and that inspired some new pitch ideas
  • Splitting this evening kicking off a new TechTarget article and some personal writing
  • The silence outside my house isn’t bothering me as much as it did earlier in the week

How are you spending your time in Coronavirus-forced social isolation?