I have always been an extrovert and I also have a touch of ADD, so I like to keep busy, even if that is just playing mindless puzzle games on my phone while watching TV.
I also like to be busy with work.
I’ve been working from home as a full-time writer and editor for over 3 years, so I am used to working from home and being somewhat isolated.
Though there is a very BIG difference between choosing to stay home and be an apartment troll and HAVING to stay home and not leave.
And I am bored and going a bit crazy.
The weird thing is that when I am crazy-busy at work, I tend to feel tons of motivation to work on personal projects and get even busier and work on more stuff!
And in this time of quarantine, I find that I have less client work to do, as many of my clients are small businesses and entrepreneurs, so THEIR business is slowing down, too.
Instead of ramping up my personal projects, I’ve just been bored and lazy — which I hate!
So, I’ve decided to stop being lazy and bored and get back into work mode — even just finding something productive to do not related to client work.
Here are things I have been jumping into:
Reading. I LOVE reading for fun, I always have. For some reason, during this last week in quarantine, I’ve set my Kindle down and haven’t been reading. I’ve just been watching Netflix and complaining. But now I’m back to my regularly scheduled dive into books!
A few books I just uploaded onto my Kindle Paperwhite to dive into:
- I am a huge fan of David Baldacci and just downloaded his second book in the new Atlee Pine series called A Minute to Midnight. (The first book in the new series is called Long Road to Mercy if you want to check it out.) Baldacci is a fantastic mystery/crime/thriller writer and I highly recommend reading his books. My favorites of his are the King and Maxwell series and the Will Robie series.
- I love books by comedians or entertainers I really like. I recently read The Hidden Power of F*cking Up by the Try Guys and Modern Romance by Aziz Ansari and re-read Tina Fey’s Bossypants.
- I have Kindle Unlimited and have been introduced to a BUNCH of awesome sci-fi authors through it. Some of my top favorite authors and series that I have just downloaded the newest/latest book in are: the Crimson Worlds series by Jay Allan (and its spinoff series Crimson Worlds Refugees and Crimson Worlds Successors), the War Eternal series by M.R. Forbes, the Lost Fleet series by Raymond L. Weil (and its spinoff series The Originator Wars series and The Originator Wars Explorations), the Lost Starship series by Vaughn Hepper.
- Books I bought because I SHOULD read them but have not finished yet: University of Berkshire Hathaway: 30 Years of Lessons Learned from Warren Buffet & Carlie Munger at the Annual Shareholders Meeting by Daniel Pacaut and Corey Wrenn. Becoming by Michelle Obama. The Testaments: The Sequel to The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood.
Relaxing activities. I love doing puzzles for fun in the evenings, as well as crocheting. I technically CAN knit, but I prefer crocheting by a wide margin.
Board games. I am a huge, giant almost-obsessive fan of Settlers of Catan and if you’re at home with a bunch of people, there is an expansion that takes it up to 6 players that you can buy separately if you already own the original or as a bundle with the original game. BUT they also have a 2-player version called Catan Rivals that is really similar to the bigger one! We’ve taught my brothers and my parents to play this and everyone likes it! I can’t play one of my favorites, Codenames, with just the 2 of us, but if you have 4 or more people, Codenames and Codenames: Pictures are awesome and very replayable. A 2-player game we have been playing is called Castles of Mad King Ludwig, which we recently borrowed from a friend.
I could actually talk about board and card games for a while, as those are things my husband and I and our friends really, really love. I can spend hours immersed in a good game.
I am not into video games, though. My husband is VERY into video games and he recently got the new Doom and says it is good, plus he has a Nintendo Switch he is obsessed with (he had it preordered when it released a couple of years ago) and then he also got the Switch Lite for Christmas. He says it’s more portable and better for traveling. I will occasionally play Mario Kart or Smash Bros with him, but I am just not a gamer.
Personal projects. I am working now on my next manuscript. I have 3 published books and a fourth that is with the publisher and will be out later this year, and now I am working on a manuscript for an inexpensive workbook answering the most frequently asked questions I get about how to be a freelance writer and giving templates for contracts, pitches, and more. I’m excited about it!
And that’s it.
That’s how I am trying to stay busy and semi-productive during a time of isolation.
PLEASE, if at all possible, stay home. Don’t risk your health and the health of others, especially if you’re in a big city. NYC is experiencing thousands of cases of coronavirus and it is imperative we all take this seriously. Even if you aren’t worried for yourself, stay home to protect others.
Wash your hands. Don’t touch other people. Stay 6 feet away from others if you have to go out in public.
Thank you for taking this seriously!
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