This is a Pandemic, Not a Productivity Contest!

April 24 2020 Emma McCarthy Transition Year

Contrary to my family and friends, I am loving lockdown. The day we were told about the schools closing, I was over the moon. Everyone around me was filled with worry, stress and confusion about what was going to happen and how COVID-19 was going to impact us. Of course, I have my own worries about the summer; if I will get to do the things we have planned for the remainder of TY and of course our musical, but overall, I am quite content with my current situation.

I have always enjoyed having time to myself and doing things according to my own schedule. I have never been someone who enjoys school, so the whole online schooling is ideal for me. I have the comfort of doing everything at home and doing it when it suits me. I don’t even have to get out of my pyjamas! The amount of free time we have seems to be driving some people insane, but not me! I try to keep fairly productive, although some days all I manage to do is make my bed. I try to remind myself that it’s okay not to be on the go all the time. Besides, this is a pandemic, not a productivity contest! A lot of people on social media are showcasing their perfect days, and look like they are accomplishing loads each day. It feels great to go to bed knowing you achieved something during the day, but it’s okay to take a break!

Since we are further into lockdown, I have settled into somewhat of a routine. I will try to make a to-do list but I don’t put any pressure on myself to get it all done. On my list I include some school work, a workout for the day, some jobs to do around the house and some self-care. I find that having a balance of these four things helps me to feel accomplished and occupied throughout the day. I also make sure I get some time to relax, either with a good TV series, a movie, or a book. I am currently revisiting my Harry Potter obsession. I have singing lessons on Zoom every Thursday so I can look forward to that, and I always enjoy practising during the week.

I, of course, really miss my friends, but I am still keeping in touch with them every day. We have gotten together a few times over Zoom and Facetime to chat and play games. I am upset that I can’t see them in person, but I find some comfort in the fact that everyone is in the same boat and that we are all in this together.

All in all, I think I am coping very well with COVID-19!