1. Structure the day, every day. There are five things you need to make time for—work, exercise, socialising, eating, and sleeping. One joy is that you can do these, while self-isolating, in virtually any order, and 4.5 hours of focused work daily gets you a long way, and frees you up for other commitments. Hopefully this is enough for you to draw up your own agenda.
2. "Today, like every other day, we wake up empty and frightened", says the marvellous Rumi poem. You need purpose and meaning to drive the day! You will find maintenance and unexpected issues deflect you, unless you have great clarity on what you want to achieve by the end of today. Feed your sense of progress and purpose, but set limited, doable goals daily, allowing slack for the unanticipated.
3. Stay informed. Use the media—very selectively—and find the best sources, but even verify those by cross checking. Reading is a real plus for the homeworker. As we know, books should be sold with the hours needed to read them! You have now been gifted those hours (at least some!).It is useful to structure your reading across different subject areas.
4. Use the Internet. This is what it was originally designed for… sort of! We certainly use it in present circumstances for home delivery, virtual house parties, and developing work, social and family communities. It’s obviously a great tool for getting things done quickly and globally but be skeptical about its reliability.
5. Acquire a philosophy. Carpe diem—‘seize the day’—is about taking back your life, and living it in a fulfilled way, on a daily basis, while working towards meaningful long-term goals. Homeworking gives you more time to think through the implications of this idea for your own life. Courtesy of adversity, we have the opportunity to renew self-sufficiency and stop outsourcing the self.
“An attitude of gratitude”, as the Dalia Llama has put it, may well grow more widely in our communities out of the coming months, and then we will recognize the wisdom of the conclusion of that Rumi poem: ‘Let the beauty we love be what we do. There are hundreds of ways to kneel and kiss the ground’.
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