by M. Frances Erler
I know I’m paraphrasing Shakespeare, so I hope he doesn’t mind. With the Shelter-at-Home orders due to COVID19, I’ve been facing a challenge I’ve never encountered before. We all have, I know. Over the past three weeks all the plans I had for the next five months have gone out the window. Or into the trash. And yes, I know I’m not alone.
My quandry is whether to have a schedule for my empty days or not. I’ve always been a planner, with a daily schedule on my bulletin board and a well-marked calendar on the wall. Setting up a new schedule has the appeal of helping me cope with everything and giving me some stability. And a way to make sure I don’t ‘waste’ my time.
On the other hand, now that the calendar is gone, along with the schedule, I feel a strange sense of liberation. I can do what I feel now, go with the flow. Though I admit I find myself playing Solitaire on my Kindle a lot. But maybe I need this bit of down time in a stressed life.
Hmm…I’m not sure which is better. To schedule or not to schedule, that is the question. Any ideas out there?