How Productive I Was During This Lockdown

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I’m not the most sure about other parts of the world, but Ireland has been in its third lockdown for the entirety of 2021 so far, only officially being eased next week. As the very first lockdown taught many of us, closing everything down doesn’t necessarily mean we’ll become productive.

If anything, I found new distractions for months before finally spending some of that time writing. But that was last year. This is how my productivity has been in lockdown no. 3.


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In the beginning, I did little bits every few days to finish off a draft I had begun 7 months earlier. I didn’t do nearly as much as I know I could’ve done. I dragged myself forward when I felt like I could nonetheless.

It wasn’t until February that I managed to complete this draft. I had so little left to do at that point that it only took another 2 days to finish. Happy and content with another version down, I put it away for awhile so I could return with fresh eyes. That’s something I need to work on, as I haven’t opened the document since.


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As far as continuing my long term project went, I did nothing. There was the odd line of dialogue going into my notebook here and there, but nothing to make me feel as though I was making any significant progress. I surprised myself in the end of March when I decided to post regularly on my blog again.

Throughout April, even on my down days, blogging brought a smile to my face. My engagement never diminished. I wasn’t feeling like I’d run out of ideas quite as quickly as before since I started taking topic suggestions from my readers. Everything here has been going pretty damn well! I’m proud of the progress I’ve been making with my blog and I’ve no intention of stopping this time.

Final Thoughts

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Lockdown does not equal productivity. If you weren’t productive when everything was normal, odds are that pattern will follow you regardless of the circumstances. I’ve barely learned that myself even now. It’s all about finding what process works for you. If something isn’t working, don’t force it. Don’t work against it. Figure out what helps your productivity flow naturally. Even if it isn’t for very long, at least it’s flowing.

We’re 25% through 2021 right now. Be proud of what you’re looking back on when you’re 50% through.

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14 thoughts on “How Productive I Was During This Lockdown

  1. Yay a new Dalen post! πŸ˜€ I was excited when I saw this in my updates. It’s good you’re taking blog post suggestions to ensure you post things people find interesting, that seems to be really helpful for you. That’s also true that it’s good to find what works best for you and it can take some trial and error to figure out what is best for us.

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    1. How much you look forward to my posts brings a smile to my face πŸ˜„ I like getting opinions on what might be an interesting post. It’s not something I was doing before and it’s great working with people like that instead of unknowingly working against myself. Trial and error may as well be the key to life haha

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  2. Love that last sentence, Dalen. It’s something we need to constantly remind ourselves of. Time’s going to pass by anyway, so what do you want to be proud of when all’s said and done? Thanks for sharing!

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  3. I am quite forcing myself to write otherwise I am going to be depressed.. thank you for visiting my page.

    You have an awesome blog. More ink to your quill, Dalen. Take good care of yourself.

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    1. That is a pretty good reason to force yourself to write. If doing that ends up making you feel happier then I can’t see a reason not to do it. You’re very welcome and thank you for your comment! I appreciate it!

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  4. Lockdown definitely does not equal productivity – very much agree! So many people were rolling up their sleeves at the start, thinking “NOW I can tackle all that crap I always mean to get to, but never have the time!” – but more often they wind up just sitting watching TV lol. I find it’s super challenging to change into new routines as you get older in particular X_X Actually, my sister and I were both contemplating how hobbies you had when you were younger, and which used to come naturally just for SOME REASON seem almost impossible to get back to sometimes, after you’ve put them down for a while. I guess it’s all to do with habit and reprogramming eh? Apparently the trick is just to start doing it every day again, even if it’s just for 5 minutes at a time. For someone like a writer (me in particular ugh), I’ll always think, “Five minutes!?!? I need at least five HOURS to write anything relevant!”. But it’s just tricking your brain really, to get back into the habit. You TELL yourself it’ll be 5 minutes even if it winds up being more =p Might have to try it sometime…. uh, just as soon as I can muster up the mental strength. Anyway, sorry to go on. Maybe that’s an idea for a future post of yours? Teehee. Talk soon ❀

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    1. Oh yeah you have to respect those developing children brains, they’re so much more focused on what they want to do than us older ones haha! I agree that reprogramming has a lot to do with it. This world in general has never been kind to creative hobbies being turned into a living, it’s all about that mundane work, I hate that norm. That’s a pretty good thought right there, we will tell ourselves to just do something for 5 minutes but we know we’ll be doing it longer haha. Ah don’t worry about that, it’s great that you have a lot to say 😁


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