Bookworm Life while in Quarantine

Hello bookworms!
Welcome to another random thoughts post. I believe, we’re all experiencing the enhanced community quarantine due to Covid-19. No schools, employees are on work from home mode, no one should get out of their homes unless getting your necessities (e.g. groceries, medicines, etc.) but all of the malls are closed. Is it just me or anyone here thinks it’s also a relief for the environment? and for our tiring social life? I have this introvert side soooo I am so much affected and relieved, thanks to social distancing (kidding). 
On a serious note, I am worried for most people specially the affected ones. I’m having this anxiety every time I go out of the house until I return. I keep on telling myself that I can’t be sick since I am prone to asthma and allergies. I think, this virus is not just affecting our lungs or physical aspects of life but also mentally. I hope and pray that people like me, specially those mentally challenged people are okay. This will all be temporary. You guys will be fine. Just stay at home and always practice the proper hygiene and every thing will be alright. I may not be in a proper position or an expert to tell all these things but, at least just a reminder for some, I could help. 
So, for this blog entry, I’ll share my routines as well on how to fight my own anxiety. Some might not be applicable to others but at least you’ll have some ideas. 
  1. READ BOOKS – since I started working at home, all I’m thinking was, finally I could get some time with reading. I have a lot of pending books to read and my TBR is very long so maybe this is the time to read them one by one. I also made a list specifically for this quarantine days. 
  2. CLEAN YOUR BOOKSHELVES – during this time, I am putting this task as one of my priority because I really can’t remember when was the last time I had my shelf cleaned up. Aside from that, it’s a sad thought but I need to let go some of my books so I have to sort them out.  
  3. WATCH ON NETLIX – do you have some movies or tv series that’s been added to you list for a long time? I guess now is the time to start watching those. I did the same thing and during my free time that’s the only thing I do. 
  4. DO YOUR JOURNAL – have ever think of making a journal? to some it’s called diary and yes I still do that. There are plenty of guides or ideas in the internet (e.g. Pinterest & Instagram). If you’re artsy, there’s a pretty type of journal that could be your guide. 
  5. DO YOUR HOUSE CHORES – this, I think is really important. I guess it’s time for some of us to throw those old clothes, old items from our home. Aside from that, it’s time to sanitize things around the house and make time to rearrange things based from your perspective. 

So far, aside from work, I’m doing #1 and #3 and over the weekend I could finally focus on the other things. I still have work stuff to do and that’s an 8:30 AM to 5:30 PM kind of work, I just do breaks if I feel tired or something.

Anyways, may you have a good health always and please, take care. If you’re sick, make sure to get it checked right away. Don’t wait for it to get worse, okay?

A Workaholic Bookworm

“Workaholic” someone who works very long hours and finds it difficult not to be working (defined by Cambridge Dictionary). That is how I define myself lately and that is how my friends define me. I’m the person who goes to work early and paranoid about getting late to time in and I’m also the last person to go home and time out. I work more than eight hours a day without any overtime pay. I don’t blame my employer for that, we have a choice not to do overtime. The usual work hours are from 8:30 AM up to 5:30 PM but I time out way past that, sometimes 12AM too. People around me are telling me to take a break, take some time for myself, etc. I do that on my most convenient time, not always but at least I do. I love my work and I love what I do at work, plus there’s a non-stop studying even though I graduated from college a long time ago. I still take exams and I must maintain certain grades for my performance evaluation. It is fun at some point but sometimes it is tiring as well (not complaining though).

There are just a few things I really miss doing because somehow, I stopped doing that due to insane working hours I spend at the office; reading a book, I miss the feeling of spending hours or the whole day of simply reading a book and finishing it then start a new one. I am not a fast reader and I easily get distracted (LOL). During my college days, I usually finish a book easily because the only thing I need to do is study and finish my homework, right now? Negative. I end up going home late or during weekends, there are other priorities, or I go to sleep to make up for the lost hours I spent at work. Writing a blog post, this is another thing. I haven’t written much book reviews or promotional posts last year. Aside from the lack of time, I feel like every time I open my laptop I have to do some work. I kind of get anxious so instead of trying to write, I’ll end up watching movies or shows on Netflix.

My life had been like that last year, I would love to try and change it a little. This year, I’d probably put up more random posts aside from my reviews or promotional posts. I’ll have to try anyway, right? I’m so bad at time management but I think it is time for me to at least try harder. Aside from that, maybe my social media hours will be reduced and add that to reading or writing hours instead. We’ll see, I’ll have to check and try the possibilities. There’s no harm in trying anyways. I guess I could count that as my new year’s resolution. Do you guys have any as well? Also, I am hoping that this year, I’ll be able to finish my Goodreads challenge.

One thing I realized though, too workaholic isn’t really healthy. It eats you up alive until you forget what it’s like not to be workaholic. That’s what I am right now, but I think, it’s time to have a little time for myself as well. Live a little.

This quote is sorta true to me;

“The workaholics have done immense harm to the world. And the greatest harm they have done is that they have deprived life of its moments of celebration and festivity. It is because of them that there is so little festivity in the world, and every day it is becoming more and more dull and dreary and miserable.”
– Rajneesh –