Being alone has always been easy for me. The silver lining of this coronavirus episode is that I get to work from my favourite place – My room. Alone.
Here are some practical things you can do to make your isolation time feel a lot better!
Tidy your workspace
You don’t need a renovation or an overhaul. Picture how you can practically achieve a really comfortable and impressive looking workspace. For some of you, it is to tidy up your space. Some of us might need a potted plant or a minimalist monitor stand to spruce things up a little. Some of us need a new keyboard or mouse. Whatever that is that will make your space so much more enjoyable, do it!
Keep a schedule
While most of us hate waking up to work, the regular schedule actually forces us to be disciplined. When we have a responsibility to work, there is no choice to but to wake up at a certain time and follow a few set of routines (breakfast, lunch etc). A schedule we set for ourselves is harder to follow because now we are not answerable to others but only to ourselves. And we often shortchange ourselves.
So, come up with a routine you think you would follow. Make sure it’s a routine that would make you fulfiled if you followed it. Make it easy enough to follow. And stick to it.
To feel alive, a person must have work to do, people to love, and something to hope towards. The first two are easy to achieve when you continue to work at home and continue to communicate with people you love. To feel truly alive with bubbling in your veins, you need to be obsessed over something. It is that feeling when you find out your first love might actually like you back. Or that adrenaline rush when you think about a game you had devoted much of your time into. In other words, you need a hobby you love. Dive yourself deep into it.
There are many studies proving that humans need to move. Exercising boosts mood and keep you healthy (or at least it reminds you of the urgency to keep fit). In this isolation period, most of our time is going to be spent at home. This means even the minimal movement we used to have from getting to work or even climbing stairs is gone. Make sure you get your daily dose of body movements by scheduling it into your routine!
I see learning as one of the humans’ basic needs. Some of us get their daily dose of new knowledge from engaging themselves at work. Some of us read books or watch lectures. Regardless of which sources it is, make sure you are learning something new and interesting every day. If work becomes mundane for you, then go find something you are interested in and go learn about it. Consuming knowledge in bite-sizes is fine. This is not a race so take it easy but don’t do nothing.