As parents who had their children while pursuing Ph.D.s, we have no choice except to have a clear daily routine. Before the pandemic, we used decent time management strategies. We would work only when our children were in daycare and/or after they were in bed. We have also learned to be flexible and adjust our plans when unexpected events happened, such as when our children were sick.
But having that experience did not make us ready to be “productive” in a pandemic.
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