Self-isolation status report: Finding a new pace

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As week 5 of self-isolation trudges on, I’m finding a new pace to get work done and to keep moving forward. Last night, I mustered up the motivation to work out with my new kettlebells and plan to up my exercise game yet again today.

Here’s what else I have going on:

  • I won the jackpot last night and was to get an Amazon Prime Fresh delivery through, which made me feel good.
  • I’m still washing my hands…a lot.
  • I’m trying to get better at eating again after the first few weeks of shutdown.
  • I did the author review on my latest article for which should be live soon. There should be another article following up right after that one.
  • My hope at the start of the current shutdown was to get some personal writing projects done and published and I’m moving forward on that plan. I’m still not happy with publishing articles on LinkedIn. In fact, so unhappy that I’m experimenting by publishing the same article to Medium (since it now supports canonical links).
  • I sent out some pitches to new markets and keeping my fingers crossed I can find some extra work.

Tonight, the plan includes getting back to writing for an upcoming TechTarget article and spending more time with my kettlebells.

How goes your self-isolation?

Hello, week 4 of self-isolation it’s me, Will

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I’m midway into week 4 of self-isolation. While I’m falling into more of a routine, I can’t say I’m having fun. I’ve been comfortable being alone, but this form of social isolation is at a new level.

Here’s how I’ve spent the last few days:

  • Remaining thankful that I have a job and career that enables me to work from home
  • Turned around some document reviews back to their authors as part of the day job
  • Submitted two articles (not about DevOps)  to that should hopefully be online during the next week or so 
  • Spent a lot of time washing my hands
  • Preparing to write a new TechTarget article which should keep me busy

I know I’ll come through the other side of this whole crisis. I hope that more people and organizations use the COVID-19 pandemic and its aftermath as a catalyst for positive change to improve their lot in the world.

How is your self-isolation going?

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,, and
  • 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 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?