Welcome to the world of self-isolation – the place where we stay at home.
If you can work from home, you’ve got something to get on with during working hours, but if you can’t, then you have some extra hours to fill.
Even if you are still able to work, the range of after-hours activities available to all of us has been seriously curtailed. The pubs, bars and eating places are closed. The theatres are closed. They’ve cancelled the football and basketball. They are telling us to stay home.
So, what are we going to do while we wait for the ‘all clear’ to resume our normal routines?
I’ve written a few articles over the years on the importance of pausing, taking time out to slow down and recharge. We’re all getting that opportunity now, so let’s make the most of it.
You’ve been given an opportunity to spend some time catching up on sleep or doing some of those things that recharge your spirits. It might even be an opportunity to pick up some new skills – online, of course.
In Everyday Productivity, I suggest you examine your routines and spend some time sorting out those relationship issues getting in the way of you enjoying life. Well, you’ve got the time at the moment to do something about that, too.
What’s it like living with those people you say you love 24/7?
You’ve got the time for that conversation you’ve been meaning to have with your significant other or to find out what’s going on in your kids’ lives. Could be a good opportunity for making yourself available to them, for a change, so they can get to know you a little better. Maybe you can show them another side of yourself apart from the grumpy, overworked, stressed-out person you usually are. Just a thought.
Don’t forget about those outside your immediate family, like your parents, especially if they are elderly and feeling vulnerable. You might not be able to visit but you can call them. They might need help with shopping for groceries if you live in the same neighbourhood.
If you’re stressing out about your financial situation because of the downturn, now might be an opportunity to sort that out while you have the time. If you need some guidance on how to do that, check out Everyday Money Management.
If personal growth is something you’re interested in, you might enjoy spending some of your free time working through the insights in My Life is My Responsibility.
Or, if you’re just looking for something to read so you can escape the boredom, there are six books in the Inspector West series and six novellas in the Stella Bruno Investigates series that will keep you entertained for hours.
Let’s keep in mind that we will get through this. We have been here before and history shows us that when we work together and act for the common good, things move to a new normal, the economy picks up, and the share market comes back to life.
Enjoy your time in self-isolation. You may not get this opportunity again.