How To Document Your Quarantine Story

Ways to document how you spent self-isolation during the global pandemic.



In case you haven't noticed, we seem to be making history. This year has been one for the record books thus far. Years from now kids are going to learn about the COVID-19 crisis in their history lessons.


So what are you doing to record this event?

Good, bad, or otherwise, we're going to get through this and it might be worth documenting your story. We think we're going to remember things, but we all know what happens when we take mental notes, right?


Here are some suggestions for you to document your quarantine story:


  • Take screenshots of your social media posts and organize them into a video or hard copy photo book.

  • This idea comes from Gretchen Rubin where she suggests writing a letter to your future self post-quarantine congratulating yourself on how you managed to make it through the pandemic including any achievements you had and what you learned.

  • Make videos of your family members interview-style talking about their experience living in the COVID-19 crisis.

  • Create a time capsule to represent this pandemic era and open it as a family at an agreed-upon time in the future.


OR

You could do one of my favorite things - make lists!!


You could make lists of the TOP TEN...

  • boring things I did during the quarantine

  • most fun things I did during self-isolation

  • the most annoying things my family members said while stuck at home

  • the strangest concoctions of things I ate given we had limited access to groceries

  • the best/new TV shows I watched during the home quarantine

  • the most popular catchphrases during the pandemic

  • the hardest to find things in the stores during the COVID crisis

  • the new activities I engaged in while quarantined


Here are a few of mine...

  1. The most boring thing I did during quarantine was scrub the grout in all the bathrooms in my house with a toothbrush.

  2. The most fun things I did during self-isolation were home organizing projects - no surprise there!

  3. The most annoying things my family members said while stuck at home... "Are we done yet?" from my son in response to his homeschooling assignments.

  4. The strangest concoctions of things I ate... my husband and I got on a Spam kick.

  5. The new TV show I watched was Celebrity IOU with the Property Brothers on HGTV.

  6. The most popular catchphrase from the pandemic that will stick out in my mind is "social distancing." This term actually really bugs me because as a social worker; we don't want to socially distance from each - we need to stay socially connected through this! What we should be saying is physical distance.

  7. The hardest thing for me to find in the stores during the COVID crisis was t.p., but thankfully my husband ordered a box of 80 rolls from W.B. Mason which got us through!

  8. The new activities I engaged in while quarantined were homeschooling my son, virtual organizing, and starting a FB video series.



Did any of these spark an idea for you to document your quarantine story? Let me know!