Over the past several weeks I have honored the stay at home shelter initiative as much as possible. As a result, I have had to implement some rules for myself. I don’t want to be hard on myself, but I also don’t want to become a slacker. For example, when it comes to binge watching TV, I am confronted with a triple threat: Netflix, Hulu, and YouTube. It is easy to get on any of these platforms and spend hours watching something you might never have even considered watching before.
It’s okay to binge watch Tiger King on Netflix, but when I find myself watching it again I have to check myself and go do something else. It’s okay to binge watch the Real Housewives of New York City, but when I find myself thinking about other Housewives like I wonder what Atlanta’s about, or Jersey, or Orange County, I have to check myself and go do something else. If I find myself sleeping in late more than just the weekends I have to make sure I set an alarm and abide by it. Imposing a schedule is important so I try and make a list the night before on what I need to accomplish the next day, and do my best to complete all the tasks. I can be my own worse enemy, and during this time in life I hope that if I continue to create boundaries for myself I will come out of this as a more evolved person with a skill set that I can carry forward in life. I hope to come out a stronger person that can exercise discipline and self knowledge.
The Corona virus pandemic is not going to last forever. I’d like to be able to look back on this time and say I accomplished something. I finished that book that has been hanging over my head for months. I cleaned out my closets and desk drawers. I organized my kitchen. I did something other than sit and watch television for hours that became days, then became weeks, than become months. Indulging in one series of a show is fine, series after series after series – not ok.