Today marked the end of my second week of working exclusively from home. Here are my takeaways from week 2:
- Physical activity – I embraced running outside during week 1, but it’s been raining too much to do it consistently this week. I adjusted by incorporating bodyweight exercises into my routine. I even began a daily challenge (with friends, for accountability): 200 push-ups and 200 sit-ups. Fitbod is a cool app with algorithmic daily workout suggestions customized for you and your situation. Happily, it works when you want to lose body fat and you’re stuck at home with no equipment.
- Time – My days began to creep a little. I found myself working at 8 p.m. one day. Going forward, I intend to stick closely to defined working hours.
- Social interaction – I attended a Zoom video happy hour, which was a lot of fun. And I’ve been using Zoom videos often to catch up with people. It helps to see someone’s face during a conversation.
- Meals – I’m cooking more (after calling Mom for her favorite recipes). Researching and discussing recipes (“What are you cooking?” is a great conversation starter these days) highlighted some of the unhealthy things in those tasty restaurant meals I’m accustomed to. I really miss not doing lunches with people, but I’m replacing them with—you guessed it—Zoom video calls.
- Relationships – This has been a great time to reach out with and catch up with people. More folks answer or return calls quickly.
- Goals – Having this much downtime may never happen again in my life. I want to make the most of it. This week, I’m going to consider what I want to accomplish during this lull.
- Reflection – I’m a thinker by nature, and now I have more time to think deeply about things, which I’m enjoying.
This second week of working from home wasn’t ideal, but it wasn’t bad, either. I’ll continue to reflect on my goals and look for creative ways to interact socially. I plan to learn from this unique situation, adjust as necessary, and share my experience.