A daily fly-on-the-wall blog about running a legal business during the Covid-19 crisis.
By Darren Isaacs - 7 May
One of my guilty pleasures during lockdown has been taking a secret "nana nap" during the middle of the day.
I have it down to a fine art now - 15 minutes for a (very) quick bite to eat at lunch, and then 'salary sacrificing' another 30 minutes of my lunch break from eating into snoozing in the sun. And that still leave me with 15 minutes for a break later on. A very productive use of my notional lunch hour.
It doesn't always go according to plan - some days I find myself sitting down at my laptop at 9am and coming up for air 11 hours later, with hardly any break aside from essential nature calls and quick coffee-brewing stops. Nothing new there, I guess.
On the days that are a little slower - just a little, it never really stops in a legal practice - it feels like I am cheating just a bit by sneaking in a little snooze to break the day up. And, I have to say, it works wonders. Maybe the Spanish really were on to something. My mental productivity afterwards is great, and I usually end up working later than normal as a result - so it pays dividends.
At this stage I should probably confess that I don't have children, so if you are reading this and light nap at lunch is the least thing you can see yourself doing in-between working and school lessons, please don't send me hate mail.
Parents aside, it does make me wonder how many other home-workers are doing the same? It can't just be me. And how will we all cope when we have to spend 45+ minutes commuting back into an office (and the same again on the way home), without a nap room in which to rest our weary lunchtime heads?
There are many reasons I may not rush back into an office, but this is currently very high up my list.
Finally, for those who are reading from the UK - have a great long weekend. Hopefully it won't rain too much! For those who are tuning in from elsewhere, we will be off tomorrow but back in full swing next week.
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