• James Hewlett

Making Plans Redux

I’m pretty sure I’ve used about a dozen different versions of ‘making plans’ as blog titles at this point.

So I don’t have confirmation yet but there’s a very good chance I will be on furlough from work as of Monday. I’m not going to go into details but it would be from as little as three weeks to up to twelve with the current estimate being eight.

That would give me a couple of months off work, mostly at home to figure out what to do with. So I started making some plans.

It’s all just ideas and concepts at the moment as nothing is set in stone, but I wanted to think of things I’ve been meaning to do for a while, won’t cost me anything extra, would be fun and could keep me busy doing something at least vaguely productive while being creatively fulfilling. I have said it before, I enjoy my job but I don’t get any creative satisfaction from it so I have to do other things to scratch that itch.

Luckily for me I already had a few ideas bouncing around so I didn’t have blank page syndrome when it came to start putting a few ideas down.

The main one, and one that could feed into others, is something I’ve been considering for a while. Last year when it became clear that I was going to stay put in my house I jumped at the chance when offered a bed to put in the spare room, it was an empty space and filling it with something was good.

A year on and I think it’s only been used a handful of times, almost exclusively by Ed when he comes to visit, so I want to make better use of that space. With that in mind my current plan is to get rid of the bed that was kindly given to me and move my exercise equipment into a part of that room. In time I may add to it a little as there are one or two bits I would like to be able to use and I would have a little home gym type set up. Nothing crazy, but just enough for me.

That would still leave a lot of space in there and allow me to use my desk/book case area as a bit of a home office as well, something I’ve thought about for years.

But why do I want a home office you may be asking? Simply put, it would be a nice creative space that means I would just be sat on my sofa on the laptop whenever I’m doing anything. I love the freedom to do that if I choose to, but having a space dedicated to it would be lovely too.

It would mean I could have an area set up to practice the architectural drawing course I am eager to start, to set up my mic again for podcasting which I am eager to do and maybe even record or stream video games. All of that on top of the daily writing I already do. I’m setting myself many goals knowing full well that I’m not likely to achieve them all, but I have options.

Other things are more practical; stuff like clearly my loft out of all non-essentials. If I do eventually move on from my house I don’t want to lug stuff I have no interest in keeping any more so getting rid of all of that proactively instead of waiting until the last minute seems like a good use of my time.

I cut the grass at the weekend but I would like to give me garden a proper blitzing too. There’s a bunch of junk tucked away behind the shed that all needs clearing out and maybe once I’ve done all of that I could consider growing some stuff. Just useful bits and pieces like veg, being a bit more self reliant seems like a sensible idea these days.

There are a few more ideas I’ve been batting around and I’ve also been making lists of fun stuff I look forward to being able to do when it’s safe to do so again. As I said the other day, my life hasn’t been too disrupted yet and I’ve been okay, but a lot of people’s have and they’re struggling on different levels. Doing something like that, making lists of things to look forward to, I think is a good way to boost your mood and remind yourself that things won’t always suck. Life is going to change and be different, but it doesn’t mean it’s always going to be bad.

I’ll see you tomorrow.


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