March 24, 2020
Before all the changes occurred due to the Coronavirus, my days were filled with activity, from the time I woke up to the time I went to bed.
I started my day at 3:45 in the morning. I worked out at 5:00. I left for work at 7:00, and left for home at 5:00. My day usually ended around 8:30-9:00, depending on if I actually followed the bedtime alarm set in my phone.
In the early stages of the change, when our schools closed, I tried to maintain the early morning part of my daily routine. I still got up at 3:45, and I still worked out at 5:00. But I had to figure out what to do the rest of each day. I ended up filling many of them with reading, writing, and napping.
Eventually, it became harder and harder to get up at 3:45 when, for all intents and purposes, I really didn't have to anymore. I realized I needed a new normal, but what would that look like? Honestly, not much different than the old. I just needed to adjust the times.
Now, I get up at 7:00 in the morning. I do my virtual workout at 8:30, since I can no longer meet with my Camp Gladiator trainer (shelter in place ordered for our area announced today). I walk one mile from 9:30-10:00. Then, I prepare breakfast and "monitor" my 7th grader while he completes his distance learning for the day. After my shower, I still fill the rest of the day with reading, writing, and a lot of napping.