Coronavirus log: What I've learned on my first day of working from home
My day now starts with a walk to Tesco. I remember my mum telling me of an elderly relative who managed to keep going through their 80s by walking to the market every morning to buy their night's dinner. My theory is that by following the same plan, I can't go too far wrong in my 20s.
But I might have been too optimistic. Back then, the elderly relative could have relied upon the market to provide for his every need - but as we have seen and read about, this is currently not the case.I'm not surprised to see the shop is out of pasta and toilet roll. Hand gel is just a memory. But it is odd to see humble every day vegetables; Mushrooms, potatoes, aubergines (aubergines!) now being replaced with signs saying the next delivery will be Wednesday. Hopefully the delivery driver will not be met by a well cultured mob of consumers with diets high in vitamin B.
In these weird times, I am feeling a contradiction between wanting to help out local businesses by consuming, and help them (and possibly myself) out by keeping a social distance. I don't make it into the town centre for the first time in weeks, but I do visit my local coffee shop after reading a blackboard sign stating they are definitely open and in need of customers. Buying a latte and a bakewell tart is possibly the easiest charitable act I've ever made. The swimming pool is also still open for now, and I'm determined to visit as often as I can, despite the signs up warning about social distancing. I wonder how this would be possible while swimming...Should we all set off at set intervals and swim lengths at the same speed?
I am beginning to wonder if this is what being self-employed feels like.
By the end of the day, the novelty of working from home has somewhat worn off and I am beginning to wonder if this is what being self-employed feels like. I've been quite productive in my work sessions, sitting at various tables around the house, and have even conducted interviews on my mobile. I'll miss coming into work, but with the technology now in place to conduct conference calls, I have the ability to work from home and it has so far been manageable. I've also started re-reading Anne Frank's Diary.
Day highlight: Managing to hold a coronavirus date night, by watching the same film, at the same time as my partner on Netflix and then discussing it afterwards. All the Bright Places is a reasonable three star high school drama if you are interested.
Lowlight: Restaurants without customers made a sad sight. I'm making a mental list of places to eat once this ends.
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