A week ago, I was looking at a very busy March calendar filled with client appointments, dinner dates, and theater-going, capped off by a trip to my annual organizers’ conference at the end of the month. Now, the conference has been canceled, client appointments have been postponed, theaters are closed, and restaurants are take-out only. I went from over-scheduled to under-scheduled with amazing speed.
I can’t even fill the time with visits to the nearby Metropolitan Museum of Art, since that’s closed, too.
Working from home is nothing new for me, as I’ve been doing it since I founded my business in 2006. Fewer appointments just means I’m spending more time in my home office (a.k.a. my living room) than I usually do. My husband also works from home frequently, so I’m used to having him around at the other end of the living room while I work. The new wrinkle is that my daughter is now working from home as well. She is working in her room, but we have the pleasure of having meals with her. Plus she goes around once a day disinfecting all the doorknobs and cabinet handles, so we’re especially happy she’s here!
Luckily I’ve got plenty of personal projects that haven’t been getting done because I’ve been so busy. I’ve just finished creating my photo album for 2019. (I create it online using Snapfish, then have it printed). Usually I do that over the holidays, but Grand Jury Duty in the last two weeks of December sucked up too much time. I’ve got a bunch of other personal projects waiting for me as well, and I’m looking forward to checking them off my list.
If you’ve got time on your hands because of massive cancellations, consider this an opportunity to get some things done that you’ve been putting off. Clear off your desk, fix those broken items, regain control of your inbox, clean out your pantry, purge your file cabinet. The world has slowed down and none of us know when it’s going start spinning again.