She tells us what has been the most difficult adjustment and what keeps her going in a time like now.
As if life as a legal counsel isn’t hectic enough, Meaghan See is also a barre, HIIT as well as indoor cycling instructor. But with the COVID-19 pandemic and circuit breaker measure in place, Meaghan has had to make changes to her schedule and create a brand new routine to her otherwise crazy roster.
What is a typical week like for you before the virus outbreak?
I am usually out of bed by 6am, and by 7am, I’ll be teaching a class, attending a class or out for a run. By 9am, I’ll be in the office until about 6pm or 7 pm. Then I might teach or take another class, do yoga or have a run. Dinner is typically at 9pm for me and I go to bed by 11pm.
Before the circuit breaker, I already avoided large gatherings of people and my friends were very sensible that way and were very much conscious of what is going on, not just in Singapore but in other countries affected by the virus. We all knew social distancing isn’t something to be taken lightly.
I was still teaching before before the circuit breaker but class sizes were reduced significantly to about nine in a studio, and we took all kinds of measures to ensure that everyone is in a safe environment as much as possible.
In terms of dining out at restaurants, I cannot remember the last time I did that, save for the last one on Sunday before the circuit breaker came into effect the following Tuesday — it was dim sum with my family so I made an exception for that.
How is your day different now?
I do shorter workouts so I can maintain my focus, especially since I’m at home all the time. It took me a while to get a routine going since we transitioned to working from home, but I think I’ve got it down now, especially to have the discipline to switch off from work at a certain time in the evening. I think it’s important to separate work from home because there’s always work to be done and emails to respond to.
How are you and your family coping with it?
Pretty well I think. It is actually very nice having everyone at home together, sometimes watching random programmes on Netflix, or just sitting there doing absolutely nothing. My dogs probably are very confused as to why everyone is at home together so often now but my guess is that they’re happy.
What are some challenges that you’re facing in a time like now?
When the work-from-home orders came from my company, a big challenge I faced was getting used to that and having a schedule around this new routine. I’m a very organised person and I do plan what I have to do at least two weeks in advance. When the circuit breaker was implemented and the studios I teach at were shut, I took some time to re-programme and set a new daily schedule for myself to stay disciplined about my work and my workouts.
Right now I think I’m more or less used to routine so that’s less of a challenge, thankfully.
Any advice to Prestige readers on how to stay positive at this dire time?
Take time to realise what you have and how fortunate you are to be living through each day, even though times are a little crazy.
Get out of the house (to a nearby park or green space and of course keep your distance away from others), breathe in the fresh air, look up at the skies. We can only get out from this pandemic stronger if we keep ourselves focused on brighter days that will come.
What else keeps motivated?
As always, moving definitely keeps me going. In good or bad times, being active 100 percent works for me and I don’t plan to stop.
What else have you discovered about yourself?
That having and keeping to a daily schedule is so important for my productivity. Except for Sundays — that’s a free-for-all.
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