Please get dressed every day. It’s 2021 and many of us are still in quarantine or quarantine-like conditions while we wait for our opportunity to get vaccinated. It all just seems to keep dragging on and on. So how are you coping in quarantine while working from home?
In the beginning, people new to working from home relished the opportunity to stay in their pajamas all day. They also opted to forgo regular showers, stash away the makeup or razor, and install themselves on the couch or even in bed. These activities didn’t seem to affect a relatively productive day of work.
Back in April in the United States, our experience was fresh and scary, and now it’s just dull and scary.
Back then, we didn’t really think about how long we’d be in this crisis. But I bet most of us did not imagine it would be for well over a year. Alas, that’s where many of us are headed. And coping in quarantine while working from home is an even more desperate endeavor now that we’re “relatively” close to the end.
That’s why I want to take a moment to offer some quick advice. This advice applies especially to those of you who may be a little too eager to get to that finish line even though it’s still months away.
Daily routine for coping in quarantine while working from home
I have been working from home as a freelancer for almost a decade. So I have some insight on how to stay somewhat normal as we stumble and creep toward the end of this crisis.
In essence, just follow the brief itinerary, or daily routine, below regularly. Tape it to your wall, copy and paste it into a note on your smartphone, or pin it to your fridge.
In the mornings:
- First, get dressed.
- Next, make the bed.
- Then, have your coffee.*
- Finally, go to your computer and start working.
- Take a 15-minute break.
- Stop working for an hour.
- Have lunch.
- Go back to work.
- Take a 15-minute break.
At the end of the day:
- Stop working.
- Relax with your family.**
- Have dinner.
- Go to sleep.
*Or tea, smoothie, protein shake, or whatever else gets you moving in the day.
**Or snuggle with your partner, or call a friend on Zoom, or email your cousin, or write a letter to your grandmother. Basically, whatever gets you socializing and reminding you that you’re not alone, at least not mentally anyway.
Simple, right? But I and other freelancers know that it’s so easy to forget about the comfort of a routine. Plus, staying in a routine can be a painless way to ease back into normalcy, hopefully later this year.
The key to coping in quarantine while working from home
Separate work and personal life. And yes, there’s more to life than sleep, food, and work. But if you make sure you stick to a regular routine, you can fill in the spaces in between with everything else.
The routine I’ve provided here is focused around the essential activities of the day. However, a quick Netflix binge, an email response, a socially distanced walk with your dog, or taking the time to enjoy one of your hobbies can be scheduled into this routine as well.
So how do you keep coping in quarantine while working from home? Just start by getting dressed every day and go from there.
You can learn more about how to schedule your time and priorities from my course “Complete Time Management for Freelancers: Strategies for the Virtual Workplace” available on Udemy.com and LearnDesk.
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