7 lessons and reminders from my self-isolation during the pandemic

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I’ve had plenty of time to think during my solitary confinement at home due to COVID-19. While my work as a writer means a lot of alone time the current situation is unlike any other work from home experience from during my career. I hope to use this crisis as a catalyst for positive change for me. I want to come away from this experience with something positive to show for it.

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That Tuesday during the pandemic when a house project moved forward

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I spent my Tuesday at the computer keyboard like I seem to do every day during the current quarantine. The good thing about today is that I had some work done on the outside of my house. I’ll accept it as a small victory considering everything that’s going on with COVID-19. I was originally going to delay my house projects until things got back to normal. Then again, who knows when that’ll be.

Some other highlights of my Tuesday include:

  • Ocean City, MD is taking some small steps towards opening up this summer and I can’t put into words how much I’d like to have my feet in the sand at some point. I’m fine doing it a comfortable social distance from other beachgoers.
  • I had the motivation to get some exercise in which is always a good thing. My gym can’t reopen soon enough!
  • I’m still full of more personal blog post ideas than I have time to write with my schedule. My current plan is to outline out the ideas in spare moments so I have some preparation work and ideas written down in Google Docs.

I look forward to things picking up this week and remaining productive.

How was your Tuesday?

A case of the Mondays: COVID-19 edition

I wish I would have written down when my state shutdown because of COVID-19. While I remain thankful that I have a job and career that lets me work from home, It’s getting harder to track the days. I’m setting more reminders, referring to my calendar more, and at peace knowing that I can always ask Alexa what’s the date and time when I wake up.

Anyhow, I blew off this blog last week but for excellent reason. Work got busy. I also had a pitch hit in a new market and had to get writing. Then I had a TechTarget deadline for SearchCloudComputing. Writing is one thing that takes my mind off of being stuck at home because of COVID-19.

Here’s how my Monday went:

  • I woke up this morning and knew what day it was without having to ask Alexa, so I’ll take that as a win.
  • I had a productive Monday at work and made two deadlines.
  • I had the energy, and motivation to exercise before I ate dinner.
  • The governor of Virginia — a politician I can’t respect — alluded to the state might enter the first stage of opening up on May 15th and I hope to the heart of hearts he’s not playing around.

Along the way, my Pandemic beard is really growing in after a few weeks of not shaving. If only I could grow a man bun too, but I think that’s too much to hope for at my age. #JustKidding

How did Monday treat you?

Social-isolation Saturday: Another day like any other day

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I split my Saturday between doing some work around the house and spending time at the computer keyboard. Saturday mornings at the gym and then getting some writing done at Caboose Commons or Panera Bread is something I still miss. It’ll be great to get back to it.

Here’s how my day went:

  • I got the oomph to exercise more with some kettlebells and resistance bands. It felt good. I may even wake up with sore shoulders tomorrow.
  • I spent some time finishing up an upcoming article for TechTarget for my deadline this Thursday. This week, I’ll use the evenings to tweak it more and fact check some points before I send the article to my editors.
  • One of my goals during the shutdown is to work on my online presence so I spent some time today going through some half complete personal web projects so I can chart a new path forward.
  • My day ended off with some personal and professional reading. 

It’s hard to say when this is all going to end and life opens back up. The Health Commissioner of Virginia made an ominous pronouncement of two years that was promptly walked back. I feel that nobody is driving when it comes to the government response at the Virginia state or federal levels. Too much politicking and selfishness are interfering. 

How’s did Saturday go for you?

Another MonTueWednesday: in self-isolation

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I woke up last Sunday morning and thought it was Monday morning. Yesterday morning felt the same as it did the day before. My days are definitely bleeding together. I keep trying to pace myself through this shutdown.

Here’s a rundown of the last few days:

  • I’m writing two new articles for TechTarget which are welcome distractions during the evening for me.
  • I moved forward on doing some much-needed work on the outside of my house. Now I just have to find a reliable contractor that’s still working.
  • Getting back to exercising hasn’t been a lot of fun but I’m determined to do it. Otherwise, I will really suffer when my gym opens up.
  • I have another article going live on Opensource.com.

My job is going along business as usual and I continue to be thankful for that. Yet I’m keeping my eyes wide open because I work of all the furloughs and layoffs taking place because of COVID-19.

How are you doing?