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Waiting For Normal Life

Courtney Adamo is a serial entrepreneur — co-founder of Babyccino, a destination site and online shop for parents and parents-to-be, and In the Loop, Courtney’s handcrafted online courses for parents. 

We look at her life has changed due to the pandemic and the resulting lockdowns.

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What does a typical day look like to you now?

7am: We wake up and make breakfast in the kitchen (breakfast is taken seriously in our house — we often begin planning it the night before!).

8:30am: The school day begins. Michael usually sits with the girls and they practice their morning verse, just as they do at school, and then they study the main lesson or work on any assignments sent over from their teachers. 

9:30/10am: After cleaning up breakfast and doing a bit of laundry, I usually begin my working day.

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How has Coronavirus impacted your life/work?

Both my husband and I have worked from home for the past few years. We are now in our Seventh week of staying home and Homeschooling them. We are also in the process of creating a new E-Course for this year. Instead of filming In-Person interviews with experts, I’ve had to conduct the interviews over zoom. 

The upside is that I get to interview experts from around the world, not just those who are local to me.

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What productivity tips have you found useful whilst working from home?

We have found it helpful to wake and follow the normal daily routine. We get dressed, despite the fact we aren’t going anywhere, and we try to start work and schooling at the same time, as usual, to keep to a normal schedule.

We’ve been saying we wanted to start meditating for years, but we’ve never made the time for it. Now is our time!

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What five books would you recommend during this time at home?

1. The Poisonwood Bible by Barbara Kingsolver

2. Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens

3. The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Shafer and Annie Barrows

4. The Help by Kathryn Stockett

5. Memoirs of a Geisha by Arthur Golden

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When this is all over, what will the opportunities look like?

I really hope that this period of time will be an eye-opener for many people and businesses. We will have perhaps learned how to work more productively in fewer work hours. We will have responded and reacted in innovative ways, which may become a wonderful new way forward. We will have slowed down our minds and bodies and allowed room for thinking creatively in terms of business ideas and strategy. 

Perhaps we will have all shifted our priorities on the work/life balance scale and you’ll see more people thriving on a personal level. 

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