Just a few months ago no one had time for anything!
People used to say things like, “I never spend enough time at home!” or “I’m just too busy!”
That was only a handful of weeks ago.
Currently strict stay-at-home and shelter-in-place orders (as well as the self-quarantine and social distancing efforts of those of us not required to but recognizing the necessity of it) are causing a literal changing of the times.
For those of us not working in crisis critical or essential positions there’s more time in the day than ever before!
Many tedious and time-consuming tasks have become eliminated.
Lengthy periods of time spent behind the wheel running errands or driving to and from work, gone. Commuters are now banking that time to do with as they please.
Hours spent at the gym, libraries, and recreation centers, and even in formal classroom settings, are no longer options either. It will remain as such for the foreseeable future.
Social meet-ups and other public activities and experiences have all been cancelled as well. This leaves sizable chunks in everyone’s daily routines that are no longer tied up.
For people who used to beat themselves up over the choice between important uses of time and the more frivolous fun options, now there’s time for both. We now have more than enough time to fit in working, cleaning up and exercising, as well as binging TV, books, and video games. There’s time for all of it!
Everyone has a choice of what to fill those formerly full schedules with.
It’s not all roses and sunshine. . .
. . .but people are getting to know their significant others, parents, and children in ways they’ve never had the opportunity to before, because of the current crisis.
Obviously, it’s not as easy for those who are out their on their own. If someone is alone right now be sure to reach out to them. . .and check in often. It’s not like we don’t have the time.
Luckily, everyone has smart phones, video chat, email or, at least, snail mail, making it nearly effortless to connect with friends and family regularly.
We can make this time even more fulfilling by letting those we are connecting with direct the conversation and choice of activity. It will mean more to them than anyone can ever know.
This extra time means more doing what people want to instead of what they have to.
It’s about having the latitude to choose.
Discover creatively. Find inspiration in the unlikeliest of places. Relearn hobbies and interests long forgotten.
Rest. Relax. Goof off. Reset.
Doing any and all of these things will make everyone more productive when we finally get back to work, whether that’s at home today or at the office much later.
Being out in the world isn’t the safest place to be right now, but on the much brighter side, people have more control over their time than they ever did before.
To all of us who used to wish for more hours in the day, now we have it. We have more than we could ever dreamed of.
Everyone should make the most of this break from our typical daily routines and not waste it.
From all of us here at Moving On Upwards, good luck.
Be safe. Stay healthy, happy, and sane. We will all get through this together.
We couldn’t release this Moving On Minute without recognizing the many grocery store and retail workers still serving the infected masses. You all put yourselves in as much risk as any health-care worker and first responder, but aren’t afforded the same thanks or protective equipment. Thank you for keeping us all stocked until the crisis passes.
By John Andreula
Edited by Kodid Laraque-Two Elk