COVID19 Work

Day 93: Another New Habit

June 16, 2020

Something I never thought I was “allowed” to do:

Go outside while at work.

30-40 minutes with a podcast or music = so therapeutic, even in the FL sunshine — or yesterday, threatening rain. Yesterday’s pick was Norah Jones, which was relaxing and nice. I previously wrote that the neighborhoods around the hospital weren’t great for walking but honestly, the area is growing on me. I’ve been doing this intermittently for a few weeks and nothing remotely terrible has happened yet.

I have somehow become involved in about 34873 different meetings which means that I often have to work right through lunch. Which means sitting for many hours straight with no break. BUT if I really really bang out my notes and stay focused I can usually carve out 30-40 minutes somewhere.

(And I do not feel guilty about it, especially having spent my “lunch break” at a meeting!)

SO, that is my new hobby. My father used to take daily walks around the Biology Pond at Penn. For like, decades.

I guess maybe I am slowly turning into my parents. (In some ways, anyway).


  • Reply Sarah June 16, 2020 at 6:37 am

    Agreed! I have been walking laps in our office parking lot while talking to my dad on the phone, as many days a week as I can escape notes/calls/meetings, and it is one of the highlights of my day.

  • Reply Connie C June 16, 2020 at 7:57 am

    Penn State?

    • Reply Sarah Hart-Unger June 16, 2020 at 8:28 am

      UPenn (West Philadelphia – he went there for undergrad and law school and then worked at an office right near there for decades)

  • Reply CBS June 16, 2020 at 8:21 am

    When I was working in the office, I really made an effort to get out for a quick lunchtime walk. I’m in Scotland so weather doesn’t always cooperate but I always feel better after it. And if I really need the boost, I stop for a hot chocolate en route back.

  • Reply gwinne June 16, 2020 at 8:47 am


    There was a semester I took “duck breaks” by the river on campus when I had only 30 minutes between classes in two different buildings. It was just enough time to sit down, feed some ducks, and reorient for the next class.

  • Reply Amanda June 16, 2020 at 10:17 am

    I’ve done the walk at lunchtime for years. You’ll soon learn that you’re not the only one! At my previous office, the building was on a circular street in a suburban industrial park, and there were a handful of us who walked during the day. It’s so refreshing. Even in the FL heat.

  • Reply ehartung7 June 16, 2020 at 10:24 am

    This is awesome! I love that.

  • Reply Coco June 16, 2020 at 5:33 pm

    i find a walk with fresh air and podcast is the perfect midday or anytime pickup! 🙂

  • Reply Kristina June 17, 2020 at 3:27 pm

    I walk around the Biopond on my lunch breaks!! (Well, used to…)

  • Reply Noemi June 24, 2020 at 1:06 am

    I just wanted to say I LOVE this photo. My new bedroom has a lot of that gray, reclaimed wood look to it and I wish very much I could frame this photo down there. It’s awesome.

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