You’ve got a virtual meeting with yourself back on March 1, 2020. What advice are you giving?
Damn. I would say don’t binge everything right away. Literally everything that can be binged—take your time or do something else. Cause in the beginning we thought it was going to end sooner so it was just like, let me watch whatever. And then also, in the beginning I tried doing a keto diet and cooking and baking and whatever and it was way too much and then I lost all my steam. So in general, just pace yourself.
Um, throw all of your money into the stock market.
I’d tell myself “don’t buy those plane tickets or AirBnB cause it’s a big hassle to get those refunded—like six months.” Yeah—don’t buy those. And start, I dunno, figure out a way to work out from home and commit to doing it.
Um, there are so many things. I would say hey look, you’re going to be locked up for the foreseeable future in twelve days. Go to as many concerts as you can. Go to as many restaurants as you can. Get a nice chair off the bat so you’re not dealing with back pain for seven months.
I would say invite all your friends over for the weekend and sit real close to them on the couch and watch all the movies and sing all the songs and drink all the wine and tell all the stories and really soak it in cause you’re going to be missing that down the road.
Rent like a Poconos house for a really long time. Especially in the summer too—it’s nice up there in the summer and when you want—it’s remote and relaxed. It’s way cheaper than the shore, too. There’s trees everywhere. It’s just cooler.
And probably invest in GameStop. Use my GameStop money to buy that Poconos spot full time.
The next month is going to be really hard but you’re going to be okay. Make sure you get the VPNs working right away—that’s the most important thing. And the good news is you’re going to have more time with your daughter than you’ve had for a long time, and you’re going to have more time to connect with your husband than you had for a long time. And you’re also going to want to kill them at various points through the year but don’t because they make you pretty happy.
Preparation is key for multiple scenarios and to listen to why the team is scared of this pandemic.
I was not as freaked out as other people at the time. I wish that I could have been more sensitive to what others were feeling and thinking about their anxiety and what was driving it and potentially try and help. I’m really proud of our company and what we were able to do and transition so quickly. And obviously all of the dollars that were saved over the last twenty years to get us through.
It would be to turn off the news notifications on your phone now. Do it now. Start now. Cause those 4-5-6 notifications that would start to come in (every two hours) by March 16th, like drove me nuts.
Also, just as a recommendation—buy workout equipment now. Because it’s going to be sold out in two weeks.
Take a family trip ASAP! I guess soak in every moment at the office and collaborate and take it all in before (we go remote).
I’ll tell myself that I didn’t need to buy all of that tomato sauce.