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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.
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.
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.
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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