What do the tough organizers do when the going gets tough?
They gather resources and make lists, of course!
Normally, I provide resources to help you find the freedom of getting Organized for Life. To become organized in various ways.
But this era of the COVID-19 Coronavirus Pandemic is not normal. Things have changed, and time will tell which changes are temporary and which are permanent.
Getting organized allows you to gain control — and peace of mind — over your space, time, and life. And life feels scary right now because everything seems out of control.
But not everything has to change.
You can still control many of the things in your everyday life.
How? Here’s a list. Let me know if something you find here helps you in some way, OK?
Please share this list with people you care about ….and keep calm, stay home, and wash your hands!
- Stay Informed
- Stay Healthy
- Stay Prepared and Helpful
- Stay Productive and Focused (or not)
- Stay Grateful, Creative, Entertained, and Inspired
- Stay in Touch
- Stay Calm
Things are changing rapidly. Daily. Hourly.
While aiming to keep this list to a manageable size,
I will continue to add/replace new, better, more current resources
as I become aware of them.
- World Health Organization
- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
- Coronavirus Tracker (the one created by a smart high-school kid, which is continually adding new features)
- Allsides.com (provides news from all viewpoints, so you can decide for yourself)
- The Workers Who Face the Greatest Coronavirus Risk (New York Times)
- How Bad Will the Coronavirus Outbreak Get? Here Are 6 Key Factors (New York Times)
- The US has one week to enforce social distancing and ‘flatten the curve’ as the coronavirus outbreak escalates. Here’s why these days are so critical. (Business Insider)
- Covid Conversations (new weekly YouTube series by a local Albuquerque doctor that I know)
- How coronavirus symptoms compare with those of the flu, allergies, and the common cold (Business Insider)
- Self-care Tips if you become sick with COVID-19 <– PLEASE NOTE: These tips include the advice to alternate between ibuprofen (Advil) and acetaminophen/paracetamol (Tylenol). You may have seen (as I have) conflicting advice on this point. Please note the date on any advice you see. AS OF MARCH 19, WHO does NOT recommend AGAINST the use of ibuprofen.
- How to safely order food delivery, takeout and groceries during coronavirus quarantines (CNET)
- Should You Keep Your Health Care Appointments During the COVID-19 Outbreak?
- Viral video with gloves and paint shows why we should be following the handwashing diagrams exactly (Metro)
- I Will Survive (Gloria Gaynor handwashing song)
- Why you shouldn’t make your own hand sanitizer (CNET)
- Why hand washing really could slow down an epidemic (MedicalNewsToday)
- Coronavirus and the Sun: a Lesson from the 1918 Influenza Pandemic (Medium)
- A Tale of Two Cities: The Catastrophic 1918 Flu Pandemic Can Guide City Policymakers Today (CityHealth) The story of how differently St. Louis and Philadelphia handled the Spanish Flu, and their vastly different outcomes.
- Sleep Resource Roundup (Org4life)
- Stand Up! (It’s an Apple app — They call it “The Work Break Timer”; I call it my reminder to stand up, walk around, and get a drink of water.)
Stay Prepared and Helpful
- Emergency Preparedness Resource Roundup (Org4life)
- Organizing to De-Stress a Major or Chronic Illness (in case you or someone you love gets sick)
- Is it Ethical to Order Delivery During a Pandemic? (Wired — My strategy: Be nice and tip generously.)
- A Surgeon’s Guide to Sewing a Surgical Mask (Dr. Lauren Streicher)
- 7 Ways to Help Your Neighbors During Coronavirus (Nextdoor Blog)
- Disinfecting wipes are being flushed down toilets and causing major pipe problems (CNN)
Stay Productive and Focused (or not)
- Maximizing Productivity While Working from Home – COVID 19 (Ellen Faye was first out of the gate!)
- Reconsidering Productivity (Seana Turner suggests we need to give ourselves a break, and I agree.)
- 19 Ways To Be Productive During COVID-19 (Lori Vandekrol covers everything from offices, schedules, homes, yourself, and others. If you aren’t feeling motivated, try reading the list in reverse order!)
- COVID-19 Daily Schedule (Created for kids … but try using as inspiration for your own schedule.)
- Business Tools for Introverts (…and for extraverts during social distancing.)
- Resource Roundups for DIY Organizing (Org4life — So many topics! Here’s one that may interest you at this time: Spring Cleaning Resource Roundup
Stay Grateful, Creative, Entertained, and Inspired
- Thriving in the Midst of Chaos (Org4life)
- Social Distancing: Introverts, we’re up! (Hazel Thornton, for Introvert Retreat)
- No, Your Coronavirus Quarantine Is Not Just Like Being in Prison (The Marshall Project)
- Stuck at Home? These 12 Famous Museums Offer Virtual Tours You Can Take on Your Couch (Video) (Travel + Leisure)
- The Hidden Worlds of the National Parks (virtual Google tours and interactive learning)
- Beat the COVID-19 Blues With Your Photos (Pix & TALES)
- 50 Plus Easy Indoor Activities for Kids (Hello, Wonderful)
- 193 Exciting Free Educational Resources for Kids (Ronni Eisenberg — Not just for kids!)
- WashYourLyrics (Generate your own handwashing infographics based on your favorite song lyrics!)
- Stories of Caremongering during the COVID-19 pandemic (The Globe and Mail Canada)
- Austin Virtual House Concerts (Debbie Stanley)
- Albuquerque Library Digital Resources
- 28+ Free Online Courses Being Offered During the Coronavirus Pandemic (Parade)
- Conference Call Fun (E Gilliam)
- Toilet Roll Calculator (How long will yours last?)
Stay in Touch
- Video chats on Zoom (not just for business), Facetime (Apple), Messenger (Facebook), Skype, WhatsApp, etc.
- Social media — so many platforms to choose from!
- Jacquie Lawson (inexpensive e-card subscription)
- SendOutCards (electronically-generated paper cards…. they have a free basic plan these days)
- How Writing Letters Can Help You Stay Connected in the New Normal (Thrive Global)
- The Great Bell Chant (The End of Suffering) (YouTube VIDEO — Wanna lower your blood pressure? Sit back, breathe deeply, and relax.)
- Don’t panic about shopping, getting delivery or accepting packages (Washington Post)
- There are reasons to be optimistic regarding the coronavirus (Washington Post)
- Let Me Remind You How Smart You Are (Psychology Today)
- Always Believe in Yourself (Org4life)
- Yoga With Adriene (YouTube)