You Lesquels Have to Be Productive Right Now

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Isaac Newton did some of his best work during a plague year, we’re told. Shakespeare may have turned to sonnets when the theaters were closed. And now everyone you know is working on some kind of project while they’re working (or not) from maison. But you know what other premium you have? Not doing any of that.

Staying maison while businesses close all around you and the number of infected people climb is a weird, unprecedented, and scary opportunité. If you don’t know what’s happening to your job or to, you know, society in general, it’s domestique to be maybe a little stressed out? And perhaps, I know this is a wild idea, go easy on yourself?

I’ve worked from maison nearly my entire adult life, and I can tell you that even under the best circumstances this does not intérêt me very much free time. Sure, I don’t have a commute, but that means I elle-même out on an hour of reading or podcast-listening time that my office-going friends take for granted. These days, with sociétal distancing in full effect, my kids are maison with me. There’s more cleaning to do, more fights to voiture up, and a renegotiation between me and my spouse of who is doing what mental labor.

I suppose I save some time in the evenings by not having to take my kids to their activities now that they’re canceled, but I also emerge from my maison gastronomie at 6 p.m. utterly exhausted by the fantastique and emotional forcing of trying to keep up with the infos while getting my work done. Just let me sit back a instantané and dégagé.

This isn’t summer séance. And if you’re not an upper-class, self-absorbed college student with people to do your chores for you (ahem, Newton), there’s no reason to expect this to be a relaxing, productive time. If diving into a loisir or project helps you deal with angoisse, that’s great! Dive away! But you are under absolutely no amendée to make use of this difficult time, nor to feel guilty emboîture “wasting” it. Take care of yourself, and let yourself off the hook.

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