The furlough diaries: Week 5 and 6

If you told me in January that I would have six weeks off work this year I wouldn’t have believed you. I haven’t had this much time off since I was at university.

I can’t even tell you how much more time I’ll be off work either as I only find out every three weeks. What I do know is that starting from Tuesday, May 19, 2020 I’ll be off for another three weeks.

I’ve felt a lot more positive in these last two weeks. On Sunday, May 10, we we found out that the lockdown was being eased. In England we can now have unlimited outdoor exercise, people who can’t work from home can go back to work, and you can meet up with one person from another household in an outdoor space.

Initially I was disappointed by the announcement because there was no mention of when we can actually visit our families, but I understand why it is not possible to give this out information yet. I think I had raised my hopes about our lockdown being eased more than it was. Although I completely understand the reasons why it wasn’t, it did make me feel fed-up and disheartened. This is not to say that I don’t agree with the majority of them though, but the message sent by the Prime Minister was confusing and demoralising. No-one really knows how to ‘stay alert’ against an invisible pandemic.

I have spent my time in the last couple of weeks learning Spanish. I’ve been really enjoying taking time each day to practise this beautiful language. I also started watching Money Heist on Netflix in Spanish, which I feel is helping me pick up more of the language. If you have any tips to help me with my Spanish, please leave them in the comments below.

I also completed 80 hours of my course last week. I only have another 20 hours online study to do. I’m really excited to get this qualification as I feel like it could open a lot of doors in my future.

On May 7, me and my boyfriend celebrated our 2 year anniversary together by making homemade pizzas and having a few drinks together. It was really nice and made me feel very grateful to have my boyfriend in my life.

Additionally I finished reading a book called The Woman in the Window, which has been turned into a film which was due to come out this year but I think it has been postponed due to the pandemic. I really recommend reading this book if you enjoy gripping thrillers. I am now reading a book called 13 Things Mentally Strong People Don’t Do by Amy Morin.

I am finding the key to keeping busy during furlough is to give yourself a rough schedule and stick to it. My weekday schedule looks like this:

  • Wake up
  • Do a PE with Joe workout
  • Shower and breakfast
  • Do one unit of my course
  • Free time for the rest of the day to blog, read in the sunshine (if there is sunshine), bake, paint, watch TV, go for a walk.
  • Make and eat dinner.
  • Watch one of the TV shows me and my boyfriend are watching. Currently it is Killing Eve and Money Heist, but we’ve just finished Ozark.
  • Read some of my book.
  • Sleep.

On the weekends we tend to go for a walk and I do yoga on Sundays, but apart from that we don’t have a schedule, so that we can relax more.

What does your furlough schedule look like? Let me know in the comments.


  1. Kim

    It’s interesting to hear how people’s lives have changed during lockdown and now that lockdown had been eased. Like you I was also surprised by how it had been eased – but I thought it would be less than it was. It’s funny that I can sit in a park with 100s of other people, at a distance of course, but I can only go for a walk with one person from another household. That still baffles me! It’s nice to see your both keeping safe and busy during lockdown. 😊

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