The Best Part is the Worst Part
I have a saying and it's that the best of something is also simultaneously the worst of something. Example: The best part of quarantine is staying at home with my family. The worst part of quarantine is staying at home with my family. Go ahead you try. It works every time. Here's another one. The best part of my husband is that he is particular. The worst part of my husband is he is particular. What is most challenging for many of us right now is that we are used to working and having a schedule. It's when we begin to experience having lots of free time that we start to feel unsettled by the lack of a structure. A personal time management strategy for deadlines and projects to include family responsibilities makes us feel safe. As a consultant working freelance this is commonplace. You work for a while and then a project ends and there is space in between. It is an ebb and flow. Here is what I do to survive the ebbs. I keep to a schedule. I write my schedule down and I highlight tasks when I have accomplished them. There is a sense of normalcy and safety for me with schedules and tasks. The days that I feel like no one will ever hire me again are the days I need my schedule the most and I follow it along with highlighting (even if highlighting is mental). This is how I am surviving now and perhaps it could help those that are sidelined waiting for work to start up again. I think everyone has jumped in with great enthusiasm on not bathing daily and that is ok, as long as you are filling the schedule. I also recommend starting a project at home that excites you. I am expanding our garden in the unexpected free time that I am experiencing at the moment. Stay busy is my final advice. Even if it is looking after yourself by cleaning your bathroom for the third time this week. Just be careful because the best part of not working is doing all the things that you need to do while staying at home and the worst part of not working is doing all the things that you need to do while staying at home.