What I’m doing now
As someone who has worked from home for the past 5 years, who has their own home office in a spare bedroom, and as someone who doesn’t have kids, you’d think I’d be able to continue working as if nothing had changed. But you’d be wrong.
I started to wake up to just how serious The Situation was in early March, watching with sadness as it began to spread quickly in Italy.
While the UK-wide lockdown hasn’t impacted my routine all that much, the stress and anxiety of the situation has really had an impact on my ability to focus.
I was quick to realise the gravitas of the situation, but slow to adjust to the stress, anxiety, fear, and concern that I was suddenly feeling. It has taken me a few weeks to get my shit together.
I’m now focused on my daily habits. I know these habits are good for my mind and body, and so my primary task every day is to complete as many as I am able. I also keep reminding myself that it’s the time to be kind to myself and recognise that I’m not going to have ‘normal’ days.
My daily habits are important because: 1) I still need to work to keep my business alive and to pay the bills, 2) when I’m focused on something, it provides a welcome distraction from what is going, and 3) I need to be fit and healthy, both physically and mentally, to be in a position to help my family, friends and clients when they need it.
Here are the habits I’m working on to get me through each day:
- Deep work: 4×40 mins (pomodoro timers), 3x week
- Learning: 1hr, 1x week
- Reading: 30m, every weekday
- Writing: 30m, every weekday
- Journal in Roam, every weekday
- Workday shutdown routine, every weekday
- Daily meditation (I’m using Waking Up)
- Close activity rings (Apple Watch), 5x week
- No alcohol, 5x week
- Gratitude, every weekday
A few others things I’m doing now:
- Client work via my consulting business. I have some availability if you need WordPress expertise.
- Creating a marketing plan for said consulting business. I’m trying to use some of the gaps in my working schedule wisely.
- Reading Twitter/news less frequently (morning/evening)
- Speaking to family and friends as much as possible (the silver lining is I’m chatting to friends weekly who I hadn’t spoken to in months).
- Preparing to get a puppy in a few weeks.
I’m currently reading:
- Leviathan Wakes (Expanse #1) by James S.A. Corey
- How to Take Smart Notes by Sönke Ahrens
- Awareness: The Perils and Opportunities of Reality by Anthony de Mello
- The Daily Stoic by Ryan Holiday
Updated: April 2020