Keeping a list of what I do every day is helping me manage quarantine anxiety

Keeping a list of what I do every day is helping me manage quarantine anxiety

One of the things I’ve found most difficult about self-quarantining is the lack of organized time. There’s no morning commute, no trot down a flight of stairs for a coffee break, no anticipatory subway ride from work to see a friend, no cathartic sigh when I get home after a long day. All I do — and I’m lucky to be able to do it — is stay at home. Sometimes it feels like no time is passing at all.

I’ve always loved to-do lists. A day divided into segments feels less daunting, like starting a 6-episode miniseries instead of a 3-hour movie. But to-do lists during quarantine don’t hit the same, partially because I’m setting myself up for disappointment. I’m not as motivated as I usually am, neither to do work nor make things for myself, and accepting that has been a struggle. Read more…

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