How Covid Stole Our Time and How We Can Get It Back.
Time is one of the most precious things we have. It’s something that we can never get back, and it’s something that’s been stolen from us during the Covid pandemic. In this blog post, we’re going to talk about how to reclaim our time and get our lives back on track. We’ll discuss tips for staying productive and organized during this difficult time. Let’s get started!
The pandemic has forced us to change the way we live and work. For many of us, that has meant spending more time at home. And while there are some upsides to this (like being able to spend more time with our families), there are also some downsides. One of those is that it can be harder to stay productive when we’re not in an office or other traditional work environment.
First, create a routine and stick to it. This will help your mind and body know what to expect each day, and it will make it easier to get things done. Wake up at the same time each day, take breaks at the same times, and go to bed at the same time.
Second, set aside dedicated work time. If you can’t focus when you’re working from home, try setting aside a specific time each day to work on your most important tasks. Turn off distractions like your phone and email, and give yourself permission to only work on those tasks during that time.
Third, take breaks and allow yourself some down time. It’s important to stay productive, but it’s also important to take care of yourself. Make sure you’re getting enough sleep, exercise, and healthy food. And don’t forget to schedule in some fun! Dedicate some time each week to doing something you enjoy outside of work.
The pandemic has been a difficult time for all of us. But by following these tips, we can make the most of it and come out on the other side even stronger.
I love going to the American Museum of Natural History, and I’ve been three times since I moved to New York in 2009. If that rate continues, I’ll step into the museum 12 more times. For an activity I think of as “something I like to do,” that number seems shockingly low. I also love going to the movies, but ever since it became effortless to stream everything at home, I’ve been averaging one or two movie theater trips a year. In my head, I’ll go out for hundreds more movies in my life, but the real amount is probably some weirdly small number like 53.
Depressing Math is especially depressing when you’re living through a pandemic. Covid hasn’t taken away our weeks, but it has robbed us of our favorite activities — experiences that are already in short supply.
But perhaps the hardest math to process — and, in turn, the hardest Covid pill to swallow — has to do with our relationships. I grew up spending some time with my parents almost every day. Since turning 19 and moving away for good, I’ve averaged about 10 to 15 days a year with them. If I’m one of the lucky ones, I’ll have quality time with my parents until I’m 60. That means that the day I headed off to college, I had something like 350 remaining parent days total — the amount of time I had with them every year of my childhood.
What it boils down to is this: My life, in the best-case scenario, will consist of around 20 years of in-person parent time. The first 19 happened over the course of my first 19 years. The final year is spread out over the rest of my life. When I left for college, I had many decades left with living parents, but only about one year of time left to spend with them.