What’s time doing for you now?

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What’s time doing for you now?

Post by missF » Tue Mar 24, 2020 9:26 pm

In ‘normal life’ we are subject to routines in our day/ week/ month that we’re probably hardly aware of. We can wake 10 minutes before the alarm goes off because we do it all week every week. We set ourselves routines because it frees us up to think about other things.

In ‘lockdown’ those routines are disrupted. Or you might say that we’re liberated from them.

When I was in hospital the first time, someone told me that the days stretch forever but the weeks disappear and you don’t know where they’ve gone. I call it psychiatric time, and it bends and stretches out of all recognition. There’s less to keep you to your normal routines on the ward.

My friends have a manic toddler in the house who doesn’t have nursery routine now. So she had an epic sleep the other day then kept them awake between midnight and four am.

Some people are more prone than others to sleep problems when you take routines away - it’s wired in your genetics whether you’re a lark or a night owl.

How’s time going for you at the moment?
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Re: What’s time doing for you now?

Post by Bungle-ator » Tue Mar 24, 2020 9:39 pm

Working shifts and rarely the same one two days in a row you could say I'm void of routine. Other than either dropping my boy off at breakfast club or collecting him from after school club.

I usually sleep late after dropping him off or sleep in the afternoon before collecting him. Naps like that are harder now since he's home with my wife and 7 week old and I can't ignore it when she's clearly struggling

On the flip side, there's much less to do at work just now and I've got a lot of time to sleep there instead.

Time also usually makes money, even when I sleep but with horse racing being shut down I don't have that and I don't have the bookies to go into on a daily basis either. Watch/house/holiday fund isn't growing like it should.

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Post by jkbarnes » Wed Mar 25, 2020 12:34 am

With school now cancelled for the remainder of the year, one of my personal goals is to develop a daily routine. Otherwise I'll ballon up to 300 lbs and get NOTHING done around my house. If we are expected to start doing distance learning with our students (I still have no idea how that's going to shake out yet), I'll definitely need to get into a routine.

Routines are good and keep you healthy!
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Re: What’s time doing for you now?

Post by missF » Wed Mar 25, 2020 10:10 am

I grew up in a small fishing town, and it used to make me smile to see elderly people out cleaning their front step at 6.30 in the morning. Given that they didn’t have to do much for the rest of the day I wondered why they didn’t have a long lie.
Now, for me, I’m up at 6 for my first coffee of the day because that was my routine on the ward. It’s a nice quiet time before reading the news of the day.
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Post by Martin » Wed Mar 25, 2020 10:21 am

Thank you so much for this. The first interesting and thought provoking post I have seen in days.
Having retired five years ago I feel that the past few years have in part, prepared me for the current situation. Time no longer dictates to me; I get up to make tea when I wake up. It might be 5.30 or it might be 8.30. Now being housebound I no longer feel as though I should be here or there, doing this or that. Someone going from 9 to 5 to being at home with time to fill could become frustrated. Live in the moment is not a bad start.

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Post by missF » Wed Mar 25, 2020 1:05 pm

^^^
I think there’s good reason to ask people to look out for their mental health once routine is more difficult and we face so much uncertainty. As you say, a packed work schedule and evenings filled with activities for kids etc keeps many people ticking over without much time for introspection. Now that some of those routines have lifted we might have more time alone with ourselves. That can be tricky!
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Re: What’s time doing for you now?

Post by missF » Thu Mar 26, 2020 5:14 pm

Is anyone who’s working at home now started taking a siesta??
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Re: What’s time doing for you now?

Post by Mikkei4 » Thu Mar 26, 2020 8:51 pm

When I worked at home several years ago my working day was a full one and generally 1-2 hours more than a standard 8 hour day so no siesta for me then.

Presently time seems to mean little. A consequence of COVID-19 is that I’ve worked (I’m a part-timer) just 1 day since Sunday 15th so Thursday 19th was the last time I wore any watch at all.

I’ve been making the most of the good weather so tidying all aspects of the garden each day and that negates any need for time-keeping. With 3 weeks of staying at home concurrent with 12 weeks of “shielding” it’ll be more appropriate for me to use a calendar now to monitor the passing of time.

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Re: What’s time doing for you now?

Post by missF » Fri Mar 27, 2020 9:16 am

^^^
Really interesting that you’ve stopped wearing a watch, and have shifted time scales in a way from using a watch to using a calendar.

I’m still wearing my day-date seiko. It’s quite easy to get hazy about what day it is when you don’t work, but it helps me a bit to be in sink with professionals who are helping me from a distance. It might make no difference to me to send an email or text message in the evening but it might make a difference to someone else’s routine.
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