Coronavirus: Day 4

We made a plan, and we’re halfway through the first-day test run—so far, so good. Luckily, I’m most productive in the mornings, and Val is most productive in the afternoons. That lets us create a plan to alternate the adult on call for school/learning-related questions and concerns, while also allowing each of us a solid couple of hours of focused work. That’s obviously far fewer hours of focused work than we’re both accustomed to.

I’ve been thinking about a tweet I saw earlier this week and can’t dig up—or maybe was it earlier this morning? My sense of time is loose and inconsistent at the moment. This person said something along the lines of “Resist the urge to immediately move your packed work schedule online and remote. Things are different now, and they can be different in the future.” I liked this hopeful rethinking of our culture of work. What if a couple hours of focused work—mixed in with time spent around family (or alone in bed with a book!)—was the goal? While I didn’t get a lot of work done today, my household feels closer together and stronger than it did yesterday.