So how long has this whole lockdown been going on for now? I don’t remember exactly but it was somewhere around St. Patrick’s day and now it’s July so a long time. Anyone else getting crazy being stuck at home? If you are working from home you are maybe getting fed up of it – but here are 8 reasons why it’s not so bad (for my anyway). It’s also a good test if you do decide to give up the daily grind of the 9-5 and do something different (but stay at home all the time!)
- No alarm clock
I am not an early bird and I’ve had a mechanical or electronic slumber suppression device rudely snatch me from the soft arms of Hypnos. It’s not natural!!! Since the lockdown, I’ve dispensed with the alarms and wake up when I’m ready. Or more accurately when the Little Lady comes in and wakes me up – normally at 07:15 but that’s an improvement on before.
- Later wake up time
I had a 65 mile one way commute previously which meant leaving the house around 5am to drive to work at 6:15 in order to secure a free on-street parking space. Competition was fierce! Alternatively, I could leave at 04:55 and cycle to the railway station, walk to the bus station and get the 5:20 red eye megabus. God I hate Megabus. The 07:15 eye poke is an improvement
- Coffee time
My last few work places have all had coffee that makes you wonder why you are drinking it. Just like how smokers end up not enjoying the tobacco – so too does a caffeine addict when you wait until your Nescafe is just cool enough to poor down your throat, bypassing your taste buds without giving your oesophageous 3rd degree burns! Well that’s my dirty little secret. At home, coffee can be any way you like it and made from real beans too! The same goes for tea if you are tea drinker – Tetley’s no more!
- Eating and snacks
Since you are at home, you can take your time with lunch or snacks. You choose what you want and you can even make a start on a Bolognese that you can do when you commute. You also save money because you are not popping into M&S for a lunch “deal” and you’ll probably eat healthier too.
- Returning home
My old routine was to leave the office around 16:00 and drive back, arriving around 17:30 or get the train back and get home around the same time. I really enjoyed the cycle from the station back home but I was beat after a long day. Instead, now when the working day is over we can actually head out and go somewhere nice like a playpark, beach or even climb a hill!
Maybe my commute was a bit extreme but the daily cost was between £15 – £20 for the petrol or bus/train tickets. Over a year that could add up to £3,500. Add on wear and tear and you are talking about a lot of money. Plus car parking would have been an extra £100 a month (cheapskate never bothered). I’m saving a ton of money staying at home.
No commute means I feel healthier and if you look at your average middle aged commuter, they are probably overweight and out of shape. I’m cycling more than ever now! The kids are driving us crazy but overall my physical and mental health is better.
- Booze and Sleep
If you have to wake up at half 4 then you go to bed late, your evenings are compressed into the things you need to do with the kids – cook, eat, tidy, play, bath, books, bed (at 21:00 for ours) – I’d be dead by 22:00. Now, I can stay up till midnight if I like and have a beer if I want too!
So, overall, the lockdown has been beneficial for my own work/life position. Long may it continue. Fair is foul and foul is fair – I’m not trying to be Panglossian but there’s been a lot of good sides to the lockdown and I hope to work from home a lot more in the future. How’s it been for you, plain sailing or solitary confinement, money saving or brain chaffing – let me know!
P.S. I haven’t even mentioned ironing- not a stitch has been done since pre-lockdown!