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Started by Yersinia on Mar 22, 2020 8:55:23 PM
Self-improvement in self-isolation

What high-falutin' plans do you have?

Yersinia - 22 Mar 2020 20:57:26 (#1 of 32)

Me, I think I may pick up my classical guitar, try to learn some Grade VI pieces to a reasonable standard, and maybe also swot up on some music theory.

And learn to do the splits.

not necessarily at the same time.

ATtcha - 22 Mar 2020 20:58:51 (#2 of 32)

Me too, I always say that

dreams99 - 22 Mar 2020 21:01:35 (#3 of 32)

I'm continuing to run, and would use the time to read more and maybe learn guitar and piano, but at the moment I'm at my busiest work period, so not got a chance until Easter.

Verdigris - 22 Mar 2020 21:02:16 (#4 of 32)

I've lived in self-isolation for years. I seem to be able to fritter most of the time away on JtT.

If my work becomes even more restricted, and I'm furloughed, I suppose a spring clean of the place would be a good start. No need for any embarrassment when the authorities investigate the strange smell the neighbours are complaining about.

I ought to change my will, too.

Anchorman - 22 Mar 2020 21:19:57 (#5 of 32)

Who are you leaving your buried bodies to?

popstar7 - 22 Mar 2020 21:39:04 (#6 of 32)

During my time in the Submarine Service, I - along with many others - endured many weeks and months cooped up in a steel tube under the waves. I just thought I’d share a few coping strategies for many of you now facing a Covid-19 “patrol”.

Shadrack22 - 22 Mar 2020 21:44:46 (#7 of 32)

Read the second half of The Mirror and the Light

More reading

Catch up on radio and TV programmes

Resume running

Go for long suburban walks.

TheVoiceOfReason - 22 Mar 2020 21:46:25 (#8 of 32)

Teach myself Python.

Always have French or German radio on in the background to improve my listening comprehension.

waxwing - 22 Mar 2020 21:58:49 (#9 of 32)

Nothing high falutin’, but I’m running a little every day now. There’s work to do around the house and, especially, garden that would usually be put off to be done on several resentful weekends. I have a few dozen unread books to make a start on.

I like TVOR’s radio idea; if I can come out of this with better German that would be great.

Already I’m sleeping more and feel much better for it.

Verdigris - 22 Mar 2020 22:17:06 (#10 of 32)

Watching all the Scandis and Welshies with the subtitles off.

tasselhoff - 22 Mar 2020 23:42:56 (#11 of 32)

DIY, gardening, strength training, learning to hack for fun and profit.

CarlosFandango - 23 Mar 2020 00:28:08 (#12 of 32)

I've bought myself a Bullworker and a pot of Brylcreem.

Antimatter - 23 Mar 2020 00:40:57 (#13 of 32)


pranzingfrogg - 23 Mar 2020 00:42:59 (#14 of 32)

I might break out the old Waterman pen and the Basildon Bond and write some letters.

thatshallot - 23 Mar 2020 07:08:13 (#15 of 32)

Keep learning Spanish (at least 45 minutes a day), sort out the mountain of old paperwork and finally get round to finishing The Very Hungry Caterpillar.

airynothing - 23 Mar 2020 08:39:59 (#16 of 32)

You’ll make a fortune if you can get it published.

FrankieTeardrop - 23 Mar 2020 08:41:01 (#17 of 32)

I’m at my parents’ house in the countryside, and have done loads of gardening.

Ginmonkey - 23 Mar 2020 08:44:51 (#18 of 32)

I have scheduled one big house cleaning/DIY task per weekend to do something absorbing with immediate, satisfying results. Yesterday was clearing out and tidying the bathroom cupboards and washing the bathroom walls down properly, including scrubbing the grout clean.

Tomnoddy - 23 Mar 2020 09:30:31 (#19 of 32)

Mine is to squeeze as much veg into our garden this year as possible. Beetroot in the flower beds! Ruby chard too. Beans and peas, carrots, etc. We may not be allowed to get to the allotment soon.

solomongursky - 23 Mar 2020 09:33:24 (#20 of 32)

During my time in the Submarine Service, I - along with many others - endured many weeks and months cooped up in a steel tube under the waves. I just thought I’d share a few coping strategies

Get in the shower and pretend you've been hit by a torpedo.

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