How I’m Getting By is a new series that checks in with inspiring people in the community to find out how they’re managing in a COVID-19 world. Tyler Jacobs is a designer, owner of Heft Tees, and contributor to Chubstr. He shares with us how he’s spending his time while self-quarantined. Be sure to check out his brand new Dadoir Patreon, (yes, you read that right) Mr. Wiggles’ Dadoir Club.
How has the pandemic affected your day to day?
I’ve got to say the pandemic hasn’t affected our life too much, since I’ve been working from home for the last year and a half. 3 of my 4 kids are homeschooled, so it’s not a huge change. Our 16 year old is home from high school, so that’s been kind of nice. It’s just been business as usual for us, except that we can’t go anywhere or visit anyone.
How are you keeping busy through the quarantine?
We’ve been doing themed days – we had one Harry Potter day where we decided to watch all the movies. We’re doing a Batman day, and a few others soon. That’s something you can do at home; pick a theme and do it.
Picking up a new hobby is something else you can do. My wife is learning to paint and I’ve been learning Spanish with Duolingo. It’s a good time to get caught up on things you’ve always wanted to do but never got around to. We’ve been doing a lot of baking and crafts with the kids, and I’m trying to educate them on movie history by showing them films that I like.
What advice would you give people who are stuck at home?
Don’t lose your routine. If you normally get up at 6, keep doing that. Get showered, get dressed, set up a space to work from home, and do the things you need to do. If you were one of the people who got laid off, my heart goes out to you. Set up some time to job search and work on your resume. Don’t lose heart – find things to do.
Reach out to people you haven’t talked to in a while, especially people you think might be lonely. Single people, older people, anyone who might be isolated. Call them, email or text and let them know you’re thinking of them.
We ended up with a surplus of toilet paper and we are thinking about going and dropping off a roll of toilet paper to people we know, along with a note. It’s a way of letting people know we’re thinking about them. Just go out and do kind stuff for others.