Coronavirus Diary: Day 1

I’d like to preface this post with two things. First being that this is a reflection of my own personal experience as a twenty-something living in Idaho – one of the last states to get their first confirmed case of COVID-19. Secondly, please listen to the national, state, and local guidelines that are being communicated in your area. 
 
Monday, March 16th 6:48PM
 
Day one of working from home full time wasn’t too difficult. I’ve worked from home many times in the past so this was no different. But what DOES make this different is that I’m going to be working from home ‘until further notice’. So instead of rolling out of bed and powering up my laptop like I would on any other WFH day, I chose to go about my regular morning routine to give myself a sense of normalcy. My workday actually seemed quite productive, I had a morning full of meetings and was frequently chatting back and forth with co-workers.
 
When my workday ended, I closed the lid of my laptop, changed into my workout clothes and did a workout in my living room (thank you Kelsey Wells for having an at-home workout guide). After my workout, I made sure to FaceTime my parents; again something that usually happens every day. Doing these little things to keep a sense of schedule and routine will be important over the next few weeks.
 
 
Now, my husband did go into work today, but starting tomorrow he’s working from home full time until April 1st – that’s when his company is reevaluating. So tomorrow may be interesting with us both being home, having meetings, and sharing an office. But I’m not too concerned as one of us can always move to the kitchen table for a few if needed. Thankfully at this point in life we don’t have children, which means we won’t be frequently interrupted or need to care of little ones, unlike the majority of our co-workers (I really do feel for you right now).
 
We did venture out into the community today for about 10-15min. We ran to the local Dutch Bros drive-thru and both got ourselves an iced coffee. Might be the last one we get for a while.
 
Tonight’s activities include:
  • Freelance work
  • Writing this blog posts
  • Decorating my planner
  • and possibly playing the Sims4 or something else on Nintendo Switch
At this point in time, I think we’ll be in a good mental state until the weekend hits – that’ll be the biggest adjustment for us. We usually are at home during the weekday/nights, but typically go out to eat and hang out with friends on the weekend.
 
Last week was crazy, it’ll be interesting to see how this week plays out. Already a new recommendation for social gatherings was released today – no more than 10 people should be gathered for an event. And there’s a possibility that we won’t be able to phase out this virus until July or August (per the President).
 
Take care and stay healthy,
Hayle