Working from home for eleventyseven hundred straight days now has had its ups and downs. I’ve saved lots of money on gas, haircuts (okay, in my case its more of beard trim, but it’s still a visit to the barber shop), water bills (showering days have been cut in half), bars, restaurants and trips to Target for one specific thing such as flipflops that ends up costing me well over $100 in additional items I probably didn’t need.
I’ve increased my spend greatly on takeout, liquor stores, Amazon, products advertised on Instagram (I’m still trying to figure out what to do with my Doodly subscription) and charitable donations.
I’ve always been a productive worker, no matter where I’m planted with my laptop. But usually I’m not home this often so I have taken plenty of breaks that involve knocking out random projects. If you don’t check things off the honey-do list during Stay-at-Home orders, you never will, so I guess that is a silver lining. But when I’m not working, or doing home projects or watching Netflix (I nearly finished Netflix in April), I’ve been stimulating my brain with amazing learning opportunities.
I always read a lot, take Masterclasses and revel from other sources of wisdom, imagination, creativity and expertise. I love to philosophize on everything from global pandemics to baseball (they really need to eliminate pitchers hitting in the National League – sorry purists). I love finding things that inspire me.
My latest inspiration is Kevin Kelly, one of the founders of Wired Magazine. It appears now he writes one article per year for them and does a lot of other cool and interesting things. For his 68th birthday, he decided to share 68 Bits of Unsolicited Advice. They are awesome. And anyone that includes a Princess Bride reference is stellar in my book. Click here to read his list and share your favorites with friends. I also challenge you to add one not on the list.
My additional bit of unsolicited advice is this: Everyday, tell someone you love them and do something you love. Mic drop.