Welcome to my new series, Me, Myself & I. Here I'll be talking with you about the current pandemic sweeping its way across the world, and what the changes being made mean for
me and my family as well as how the changes are affecting me on a personal level.
So as it stands we're a matter of weeks into the COVID-19 (Coronavirus) pandemic that
has been sweeping the world since it was announced that the virus had originated in the Wuhan province of China.
Steadily the situation here in the UK has gotten worse. The amount of
cases diagnosed has increased as has the amount of people who have sadly lost their lives to the illness. This is fast becoming a very frightening time for all of us.
Am I scared as
to what the future holds with the pandemic situation? Absolutely I am. I don't like uncertainty, I like routine, the freedom to do as I please. However, as the pandemic spreads, the ability to do whatever you want and whenever you want is fast disappearing.
Already countries are on lockdown including the UK. The public are being told to stay indoors, only go out if absolutely necessary for food, exercise, medication or work (as long as you're a key worker).
what have the changes meant for me? Well I spent a week off work on leave self-isolating due to a general garden variety cold I caught on the first evening I was off work - having that for a few days worried me enough. Then came the real fun part. What I should
probably say is that I live primarily in Nottingham. When on leave, I had travelled to South London where my long-term boyfriend lives to spend the week with him.
During my week off
I became increasingly aware of the changes being made by Government in response to the Coronavirus and the measures being taken to help to try and prevent further spread of the disease. At the same time however, I was also aware of where I was in the country,
basically the wrong end of the country to my work place, and own home. Would I be able to go home? Would my train be running?
As it was, and I have joked this to many of my friends,
Monday (just gone) turned into a reenactment of a former TV program minus the outfit. I had to return to Nottingham to collect items for me to be able to work from home, as well as further supplies from my flat. In conversations with friends, and my boyfriend,
we'd decided it would be better for me to work from home in London for the time being. So I dutifully travelled to London Monday morning, battling my way past the dozens of tumbleweeds and dust bunnies, not to mention the pigeons to get to my now earlier train.
I collected what I needed I needed from Nottingham and made my way back to London.
Working from home - Yay! or Working from home - ugh. Depends on how you look at things. On a positive
note, getting the chance to spend time with my other half is a bonus. Yes we're having to get used to working together, even though for different companies, and work around each other too. I hae a routine for my job that I'm very used to and for me to change
that is tough for me. He's more flexible in what time he starts work, but this also means he may well still be getting ready while I'm logging in!
Also on a postive note, I do feel like I'm
more productive in my day - not that I'm not productive usually, but this is a different kind of feeling to a "normal" work day where you trot off the office for 8 hours. I've found myself getting things done around the flat while taking a couple of minutes
away from my screen. Though at the moment, there's been times when the real treat has been taking myself to the living room for a change of scenery!
Jobs that I would normally do on the weekend
have already been done. Laundry for example. I'm so up to date, to give myself something to do, I've mopped the floors!
So what is the negative? The down side to social distancing,
to self-isolation, to working from home is the lack of contact even with work colleagues. Yes, today's technology allows us to skype and gather in a virtual coffee morning, but is it really the same? No. Granted I can listen to music without the need for headphones
(unless the other half grumbles about my taste in tunes), and yes I can get through any number of things from my ever growing 'to do' list, but it isn't the same as sitting at your regular desk, on your regular chair, next to your colleagues and having the
near constant murmur of banter in the background that you might join in with in between pieces of work.
Is this going to get better? probably. We're all finding our feet with the new
situation. People finding that they have to queue 2 meters apart from each other to enter the supermarket (and not actually complaining) feels like the start of something from a Sci-Fi novel but maybe this is a step in the right direction.
Now, if only I could have my groceries delivered.......
See you next time x