Day 4 – PTO & Pickup School Assignments during COVID-19

Career, Lifestyle, Productivity

Day 4: Thursday 3/19/2020

The original plan was to go to school on Wednesday to pick up Vivi’s school assignments & her Chromebook but it got postponed due to the earthquake Wednesday morning. https://daveishome.com/2020/03/18/day-3-work-from-home-earthquake/

I had originally scheduled PTO Thursday & Friday to visit my parents in St. George UT for spring break. However on Sunday, we decided to postpone the visit because of COVID-19 and my parents are over 60, we don’t want to risk getting them sick.

Even though I wasn’t going anywhere at the last minute, I still decided to take my planned PTO, it was much needed after what happened Wednesday. I’m very adamant about planning for my PTO and make sure to take all of it before the year is over. My husband & I are gone a lot, not home as often as we like and our kids are growing up too fast.

All you working parents out there: it is very important not to postpone or reschedule PTO if at all possible. Think about it, if you never took PTO to demonstrate your “commitment” and all of a sudden you died, your work will just post another job requisition and move on. Puts things into perspective. Make plans ahead of time to take PTO and take it when it comes.

A lot of us are not able to go anywhere for our Spring Breaks because of COVID-19. Should you go work from home since you’ll be home anyway? I say don’t do it. Take the scheduled PTO and don’t login from home! These opportunities don’t come often and may never come again. Staycation, sleep in a little longer and use this time to be with the kids, especially with learning more of what they have to do for school while being home. You want to take extra time to get familiar with what they gotta do, you might be stuck at home longer than you think.

When I’m not on PTO, I get up at 6am. No later than 6:30am. Weekends and PTO days I lay in bed a bit longer but I don’t generally go past 8am in bed. There’s so much that needs to get done, and you can get a lot more done when you’re well rested and wake up early.

A little before 8:30am we went to the school to pick up breakfast. I thought by chance I could also pick up my kids school materials even though my designated pick up time was at 1pm. Noticed only one family was there and no one else before the main entrance of the school opened. We stood in line, separated by hula hoops before 9am. Was able to grab breakfast, Chromebook, and bagged lunch all in one trip before 9:30am instead of 3 separate trips.

Trying to get as much school work out of the way when I’m on PTO, especially since next week will be quite busy at work!

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