1 month in people are blah about coronavirus lockdown

We’re about one month into the coronavirus lockdown. With a holiday weekend just passing by it appears that the days are, well, just passing by.

It was interesting to talk with people over Easter weekend. I’ve been reconnecting with people through phone calls and video chats while everybody is confined to their homes.

The consensus was – and I’m not breaking any news here – that the days are becoming a blur. They have no meaning anymore. Two people with whom I spoke didn’t realize we were talking on Good Friday – a holiday. One person didn’t realize it was Easter weekend.

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It’s interesting to hear how people associate activities with a holiday. A colleague of mine said, “We’re not having Easter dinner and there’s no family get together so it’s like there’s no Easter this year.” It’s fascinating that people feel as if the day didn’t happen because the usual antics didn’t take place.

It reminds me of that phrase, “If a tree falls in a forest and no one is around to hear it, does it make a sound?” If there was no Easter dinner to eat or family to drink with, did the holiday really happen?

For me, I don’t have kids running around the house searching for chocolate, I don’t go to church and partake in the festivities. Yes, Easter is about spending time with my family. So, in my view: No, Easter didn’t happen last weekend. I’m OK with that.

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Another discussion I’ve had with people is about working from home. I should put that in quotation marks: “Working from home.” Most of my colleagues are still “on the clock” during the coronavirus lockdown but many are reporting they’re barely working at all. I’m not sure if that’s a symptom of having little to do or realizing that their bosses aren’t neurotically checking up on them right now.

Though, for people who often complain about being overworked (and have made comments about wanting to work from home), a few of them sure are getting bored “working from home.” What do you want? Do you want to be supposedly run off your feet at the office every day or be “bored” at home pretending to be working? You can’t have it both ways.

Most people are being paid to not work right now. They’re being paid to be home and have plenty of time to bond with their kids, their pets, get all the spring cleaning done and tidy up the list of household chores. There’s time to pick up a new hobby, learn a new language, form closer relationships with people – and complain about your current situation.

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Your attitude is what controls your day. If you wake up and say, “I’m not going to be productive today” and mope around the house, don’t spend your time bitching on social media and bring other people down. Do yourself a favour and find something worthwhile that will make your day complete. I doubt waking up and saying, “I’m just gonna rant on Facebook today” is gratifying to most people.

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