Keep It Together: Planning During Covid-19

Posted April 16, 2020 by shooting in Planning / 37 Comments

Happy Thursday! I’m here today with the Keep It Together link-up, co-hosted with Alexandra and Rebecca Jo. If you have a post about scrapbooks, planners, or memory keeping of any kind, please link up with us below!

Life is so strange these days. I actually had a lot of things planned for April, so it’s kind of sad to look at the monthly overview and realize I had to erase almost all of it. However, I do have some virtual events that I’m really excited about- my dance classes (tap and cardio hip hop) are now on Zoom, as well as one of my book clubs (which is tonight). I can share more about this in another post if anyone is interested.

I also have my doctor appointments via video chat, which I am very lucky that I’m able to do. Some appointments could be pushed back/rescheduled, but some are more necessary like my therapy sessions – especially these days! I think we all have things to be anxious and depressed about, and it’s always good to talk things out, right?

Now let’s take a look at some of what I included for April:

  1. I have a Watching sticker that says Schitt’s Creek at the very top. I don’t know the exact date I started this, but I am watching for the first time via Netflix and it’s so good! I’m almost through with the second season.
  2. On the right hand side, everything is written with green or pink pen. I didn’t do this on purpose, but when I realized it was happening, I figured I’d keep it up because it’s kind of pretty!
  3. April 1: Today has been cancelled sticker. So much has been cancelled, especially this month, but April 1 was also April Fool’s Day and I know I wasn’t having any of that!
  4. And finally, I tried to decorate with more stickers than normal – most of which are happy or positive sayings:

Good Things Are Going to Happen

Life Doesn’t Have to Be Perfect to Be Wonderful

Think Happy Thoughts

Don’t Overthink. Just Let It Go.

Put On Your Positive Pants

Not everyday is going to be great, but I’m trying to take things day by day, or week by week. I don’t want to think too far ahead into the future because those plans are more likely to change. I’m someone who uses planning to ease my anxiety/depression. I like having things to look forward to. That was a big adjustment for me when things really started to shut down, but I’m slowly getting better at making virtual plans and I’m always trying to find new ways to keep in touch with friends and family!! It’s the little things, but it’s something!

Do you have any virtual plans coming up? How are you making memories these days?

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37 responses to “Keep It Together: Planning During Covid-19

  1. It is sad and strange to see how much is cancelled these day. But I watched a movie via Netflix PArty with some friends and attended a Zoom book club on the weekend, so things are happening like you said, but not in the usual way I guess.

  2. I’m struggling of late too Lauren, I’m so sorry you’re feeling so poorly but it’s wonderful that you’re still able to see your doctor via Zoom appointments. In Australia, all of our doctors and clinics are being funded for phone and Zoom appointments now too and they bulk bill, which means they’re free of charge. I’ve been taking care of my elderly mum who’s just had emergency surgery and it’s been exhausting. I’m just not enjoying reading or my downtime at the moment and really not sure how to pull myself out of this funk.

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    • shooting

      I’m glad that Australia is going to be doing phone and video appointments, and having them be free of charge is great. I can’t imagine being a caregiver with all the craziness as well. I imagine you are exhausted. I hope that reading becomes more enjoyable for you, or you find other ways to de-stress and relax. If there is anything I can do, or anything you need, please let me know!

  3. That’s good to take things day by day, I think that’s what we all have to do to stay sane. All the cancellations are such a bummer. But the “today has been cancelled” sticker is pretty funny–and pretty perfect for right now πŸ™‚

  4. Those are perfect reminders – we need them! The positive pants resonates, because I’m in flannel pajama bottoms at the moment. Positive pants should have plenty of pocket room, a comfy fit and make our bums look fabulous. For me, they should also not drag on the ground on the cuffs and get scuffed and wet when it rains. That’s always been an issue for me!

  5. Having something to look forward to is such a wonderful thing. I love planning for travel. Where I’m going to go and what we’ll do when we get there. For now I guess we have to be content with taking our journeys through the stories we read or the shows we watch. Glad you’re enjoying your virtual classes and you’re able to keep up with your therapy, too. We all need to be a little creative to keep our spirits up during these strange times! πŸ™‚

  6. Aw, me too, Lauren. My April is grim as far as events go. But I’ve made it bright and happy nonetheless, with paint, stickers, sharpies etc. πŸ˜€ I’m very sad that I had to cancel my trip to see my kids early next month. So bummed about that. I’ve made a list of the things I can still do during quarantine and it helps to read it periodically to remind myself all is not lost. I miss my yoga classes and may try one on zoom but my space is limited LOL. Thanks for sharing your April things. Schitt’s Creek is one of my all time favorite shows! Enjoy it.

    • shooting

      Sorry you had to cancel your trip. It’s tough not seeing certain people in my family these days. Hopefully you can find a Zoom class for your yoga! Finding space is tough.

  7. I like that doctors are doing the video visits now. Seems like it would be so much easier. Of course I guess it could be more work in the end because they’d have to see more people! Or would be able to see more people that way. Yeah, like you I’m trying to just take one day at a time. Although I probably need a better schedule for doing work for my real job at home. As a librarian, most of my work was done in the library. Now I am just available for when students or teachers need help with online resources, so I never know when that will be.

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  8. Honestly, you’re not alone in struggling with not being able to make plans. The worst part of all of this is that we have no end date so it’s difficult to have big things to look forward to. I think it’s great how you’ve managed to incorporate smaller things and virtual plans instead. I’ve not really thought of including virtual plans in my own planning but even those smaller things can help cheer you up as you can see you still have plans without going anywhere.

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    • shooting

      Definitely! I’m taking all the virtual plans that I can, because it does make me feel like I’m doing something!

  9. I think that planning for the future during this quarantine is a great way to stay productive and positive for the future!

    How is the quarantine treating you? I hope you are well!

    amy x

    • shooting

      Thanks, I’m trying to plan as much as I can. Quarantine is going okay. I’m luck to work at home, but it does make you a bit stir crazy and I miss seeing certain people. How about you?

  10. Meg

    Yes, I feel like everything I’ve been looking forward to is cancelled, and it’s been really hard for me to stay hopeful about the future. I think all we can do now is try to get through the day, and try to find some enjoyment in these weird, stressful days.

  11. April has been so weird… We cancelled a trip to Dallas. Our big event in Dayton this weekend was cancelled (weeks ago). I have a virtual dr. appointment, too. K had one he had to go to and we had to take M to her wellness one because of vaccines (but only one of us could go in). Weird, weird times. Lots of TV. I should watch Schitt’s Creek! I’ve only gotten through season one.

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    • shooting

      Definitely weird times, and doctor visits are all sorts of crazy these days!! And yes, I’m loving Schitt’s Creek.

  12. Jen

    I think it is important to plan right now, even with all of the crazy. Plus planning with all of your pretty stickers and happy quotes has got to make you feel good! It makes me happy πŸ™‚

  13. I have just not been happy with the current system I have because it requires two planners. The one I like best was a gift but it isn’t a calendar so I have to carry a calendar, too.
    You and Rebecca have inspired me to look into a different agenda or planner for next year and to take a little time to dress it up!

    • shooting

      Aw, yay! I love how Rebecca does her planners. You’ll find a style that works for you, but hopefully you can find a planner that has everything you need first.

  14. Oh, I know! We had so much planned in April and May with my son’s graduation and daughter’s competitive dance schedule. I didn’t want to erase them off my calendar, so I could think about what I WOULD have been doing on that day (is that torturing myself?), so I delete them after the day is over. Lol.


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