My Lockdown (Un)productivity
As someone affected by the cancellation of school, as well as A Levels, I feel like lockdown is teaching me things about myself that one can only learn when one is self-isolating, lacking face-to-face contact with the outside world - apart from through a small screen (praise be to the realms of modern technology).
The time I’ve spent at home has been unproductive, but that’s not necessarily a bad thing, although we are encouraged to stick to routine to bring a sense of normality to our lives. I know there are people on the Internet, notably Facebook, sharing what they’ve been up to: tidying the house, getting into yoga, trying different fancy coffees, cooking extravagant four course meals, climbing the tallest mountains in the world, eliminating world hunger, driving to the moon (with members of your own household, of course). All of that is great. The sudden abundance of “free” time which we now have is definitely a great opportunity to do everything you would never have done whilst you had to go to work or school, but I feel it’s important to have time to yourself where you don’t feel like you need to do something outstanding just because you have to stay at home.
It’s important to take a few days to just relax and do something fun; I know lots of people have taken advantage of the surprisingly cheap subscription fee to Disney+, other subscription networks apply.It is said we are living through a mass-crisis, therefore I think we are well-justified to have time off. It’s okay to spend most of the day in bed. It’s okay to leave some work until tomorrow. It’s okay to wear pyjamas instead of “normal” clothes. It’s okay because you’re definitely not alone when doing so; the rest of the world staying at home, me included, is doing the same.
Text: Victoria Ruck
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