A brief update from Brooklyn. I’ve been at home for the past three weeks and deeply hope to see a “flattening of the curve” soon, as NYC has been practicing social distancing for a few weeks now. My thoughts go out to people working at hospitals and others who might have loved ones in danger. .
While attempting to work on my science projects from home, I’ve had large fluctuations in productivity during the past weeks. A few tricks that I’ve heard from friends, from followers here on Instagram and tricks that I’ve found useful myself, have been: 1) leave your phone in a different room, 2) set a specific time a day for when you check the news, 3) get up around the same time every day, 4) get dressed as if you’re going to work and change into something relaxing in the afternoon, 5) take long, real breaks, 6) plan something you look forward to when you’re done working such as a good movie, baking something new, reading a good book, calling a friend, or meditating, 7) put your laptop away at the end of the day, 8) do some stretches/move around, 9) have a dedicated workspace, 10) as much as you can, try to be patient with yourself and kind to yourself if you’re not being productive: these are very strange times, and it can be extremely difficult to focus. I’ve also found that how I start the day makes a huge difference. If I get sucked into news from the get go I can’t seem to break the cycle. .
I also very much realize that having the opportunity to work from home is a great privilege which many people do not have. Practicing gratitude and reminding myself that my loved ones are safe has helped me in these weeks when I’ve felt worried. Hope all of you and your families are holding up okay 💙