What I’ve Appreciated During Lockdown

During this unprecedented period of lockdown, I’ve been trying to note down a few things I’ve observed in my reaction to changes to my normal activities. This has been an awful situation and what follows is no way intended to diminish the suffering and grief experienced by too many people. This is about me reflecting my reactions.

Things I’ve appreciated

  1. Working from home more. I’ve worked from home for a day a week for the past 5 or 6 years, but over this period it’s been more common for me to work from home for 2 days. I know I’m more productive at home and can focus on work for extended periods of time, with more control over my time. For each day I work from home I save over 4 hours travel time, and whilst a good proportion of that is normally spent working, being more flexible in my schedule has compensated for that.

Things I’ve missed

  1. Physical Bookclub Meetings. We’ve had virtual meetings, which have been good, but the conversations have been a bit stilted, or more managed, and one of our members has not felt able to join in this way. Additionally, Mrs C’s challenge to make a unique cake/biscuit for each meeting has been paused, which is frankly a travesty.

Husband. Dad to 3 smashing lads. Cub Leader. MAMIL. Group CDIO for Northampton and Kettering Hospitals. Ex NHS Digital. Views own. Always learning.

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