Lessons of Lockdown 1

Office June

You don’t change. If you have bad habits, they stay bad, if you have good ones, then the same is true of them. Basically, I imagined that having an endless amount of time I would use it in ways that simply weren’t true to me.

Firstly I was going to spend hours and hours writing. Why I thought I would manage this, when my usual work mode is to write a little, then have a break, then go back to write some more, I don’t know. Since I’ve worked like this since I was revising for exams in my teens, there was no way I was going to change in the space of three, or maybe four months. Not, at least, without a major effort, which to be honest I didn’t have the energy to put in.

Secondly, I was going to be consistent. That worked okay for a while. My blogs were put up every day. Then life intervened and what mattered was to allow myself time and space, to think and feel and mourn.

Thirdly, I was going to be tidy. In some respects I have been better than usual. The kitchen worktops can bear witness to that, but in the vital matter of my office and more particularly my desk. See above.

Keep safe.


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