Hacks Newsletter – Week 21 – Setting Routines for the New Normal


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Setting Routines for the New Normal.

Like most parents and working professionals worldwide, I spent last week shifting our family and office routines to the new digitally-driven normal. School commutes gave way to remote work station set-ups, office huddles morphed into frequent video conference calls, and coffee meetings migrated to Google Hangouts. 

Adjusting to this new reality will, without a doubt, take time. Despite the somber statistics and prognosis in the news, my children inspire me daily with their adaptability and resilience (like Audrey and Henriette did recently with their first virtual piano lessons). 

Wondering what you can do to adapt your routine? Dive into some NEW PODCASTS! I have a few of my own featured below- and goodness knows there is an array to dive into besides mine. Keep safe and well~

1) Create local field trips and DIY science experiments. 

2) Leverage all current art supplies. 

3) Use Yogakids on YouTube for indoor “Kinetic Wellness”.

4) Get excited for your new workspace.

5) Write letters to cousins and work on spelling.

Post Script: Shop Local.

In this sheltering-at-home era, many local businesses are deeply suffering. Many are also wonderfully adaptable and shipping direct nationwide as a result of COVID-19. A few of my favorites are below – hope they inspire you to buy from your local retailers in these challenging times.
  • Coffee: Who would dare suggest caffeine is not a daily essential? One of our local favorites for coffee and tea: Reprise Coffee Roasters. You can still shop local…by ordering online!
  • Snacks: Everybody Eat. GF, DF, tasty snacks that everyone in the family will love. Plus, you’re supporting a start-up co-founded by our GSB classmate Nichole Taylor Wilson). 
  • Clothes: Romi’s. Most stylish yet comfortable curated assortment of clothes available offline and online, founded by our GSB classmate and friend Romi Mahajan Murphy

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