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2021-06-20 7:22:27 AM  
I learned video editing, which has come in handy at my work. So I got that going for me, which is nice.

I also upped my home cooking game. Not sure if eating better is "productive", but me and the missus have enjoyed it.
 
2021-06-20 8:01:00 AM  
I learned to properly cook risotto, it's a labor of love
 
2021-06-20 8:09:51 AM  

Charles of York: I learned to properly cook risotto, it's a labor of love


Congrats on that. No snark, either. A properly made risotto is one of life's great culinary pleasures.
 
2021-06-20 8:18:18 AM  
I cleaned a lot and didn't half ass it spent hours just cleaning my bathroom. I walked a whole lot much to the joy of my doctor. I wish I could have done more but I didn't have the money, especially after the new washer and dryer 😞
 
2021-06-20 8:18:27 AM  
I was still working outside the house and as busy as ever. Not all of us got to spend our pandemic break watching Netflix and baking bread.
 
2021-06-20 8:27:11 AM  
Professionally, my best year, probably ever. I was deemed an essential worker, though, so the only thing that really changed in my life was that the roads were empty.
 
2021-06-20 8:29:25 AM  

RTOGUY: I was still working outside the house and as busy as ever. Not all of us got to spend our pandemic break watching Netflix and baking bread.


I was working from home. I saved some time since I didn't have to commute. But I was anchored to my workstation from 8 am to 5 pm every day. So not exactly a bonanza of free time.  Some of us that work from home actually WORK and don't take time out to do laundry and housecleaning while we are on the clock.
 
2021-06-20 8:34:17 AM  

Gramma: RTOGUY: I was still working outside the house and as busy as ever. Not all of us got to spend our pandemic break watching Netflix and baking bread.

I was working from home. I saved some time since I didn't have to commute. But I was anchored to my workstation from 8 am to 5 pm every day. So not exactly a bonanza of free time.  Some of us that work from home actually WORK and don't take time out to do laundry and housecleaning while we are on the clock.


I was working one week at home and one week in the office. Spent most of my Monday in the office fixing the mess from my counterpart. But I did get a lot done there without people distracting me, updated all our office lists, employee list, training stuff I was bleh about. I was even impressed with all I did.
 
2021-06-20 8:39:28 AM  

Gramma: RTOGUY: I was still working outside the house and as busy as ever. Not all of us got to spend our pandemic break watching Netflix and baking bread.

I was working from home. I saved some time since I didn't have to commute. But I was anchored to my workstation from 8 am to 5 pm every day. So not exactly a bonanza of free time.  Some of us that work from home actually WORK and don't take time out to do laundry and housecleaning while we are on the clock.


I'm sure a lot of people were working hard but all of these articles are written  as if lockdown was a vacation. A whole lot of us didn't get so much as a day off we had just as much to do only everything was way more difficult with the restrictions. For myself the hours got longer because picking up parts and supplies went from a ten minute stop to an hour wait because I had to call everything in and then wait out in the parking lot. The equipment still had to get fixed though so add an extra hour to every single job.
 
2021-06-20 8:40:34 AM  
Essential worker here; yes, I was more productive because I didn't waste time accommodating those non-essentials on the roads.

/people who started working where I work during the plague times are getting traumatized by pre-COVID normal work load.  Sort of funny, really; I tried to warn them.
 
2021-06-20 8:41:38 AM  
I did every single thing on a multi year honey do list.  Put in 3 new floors, pained every single room in my house including doors, moldings and ceilings.  Deep cleaned everybody and cranny inside and out, trained my dogs, did some major dad/kid time and worked on my cooking.  My businesses were open but very slow so the managers handled it as usual.   Gave them some very nice bonuses.
Last I finally got off my ass on a new product I have been developing on and off for 2 years, finally finished and it looks like it's getting licensed out next month.
Only thing on my covid bucket list I did not do was get into a regular exercise routine.  I managed 6 weeks then tennis elbow ended that.
 
2021-06-20 9:00:12 AM  
More productive?  Maybe, in that I found the time to organize several years worth of ordered equipment in the office into "We're still going to install this" and "we're not installing this, so it's spares now" categories during the breaks of being an essential worker, but having to wait longer for things like equipment shipments, or waiting for couriers to come by for pickups because we couldn't just give access.

Too many of these articles seem like work from home people all learned new non-work skills and hobbies, while ignoring that a whole crapton of us didn't work from home, aren't going to get mentioned in anyone's speeches or be part of any parades, but we still had to be out there daily keeping things working.

/might end up framing my federal "Right of Unimpeded Transport" form though
//no officer, you can't stop me from going to do my job, so sayeth the feds
 
2021-06-20 9:03:23 AM  
when i wasn't reading articles on Fark about super dads who built the kids or kitties some amazing backyard roller coaster or some such shiat i was living in mild fear and depression, largely sleeping my time away while taking 3 large doses of meds a day. it was a big day out buying smokes and groceries while wearing a mask and disposable gloves. as of late i have packed over 120 cartons because Mrs. Swimo has us moving to SC USA. and if packing cardboard cartons with all your crap isn't fun i don't know what is.
 
2021-06-20 9:04:48 AM  
I ran a ton in 2020 especially during the worst days of the lockdowns. I'd go on .75 to 1.5 hour runs three days a week. I didn't want to lose upper body muscle so we turned out cellar into a home gym and I built up quite a bit of muscle and a six-pack.

My wife and I would pick a cuisine from somewhere in the works and cook it for a week.  Surprises were Ghana and Trinidad - super tasty food.  That said, seems like most places in the world just eat stew all the time.

We drank an ungodly amount of wine and alcohol.   We're finally cutting back.
 
2021-06-20 9:14:58 AM  
I got into cheese-making, sous vide cooking & nature photography via a trail cam.
Yeah, I'm one of those "can't sit still" types.
 
2021-06-20 9:21:39 AM  

Winterlight: I learned video editing, which has come in handy at my work. So I got that going for me, which is nice.

I also upped my home cooking game. Not sure if eating better is "productive", but me and the missus have enjoyed it.


Me too. Got locked down with a lady who has been writing, shooting, lighting and editing for a quarter century.  She has almost broken me of doing things manually instead of using the features in Premiere that do it for you. Let the tool do the work, she keeps saying. And not just in Premiere lol.
 
2021-06-20 9:37:03 AM  

ctighe2353: I did every single thing on a multi year honey do list.  Put in 3 new floors, pained every single room in my house including doors, moldings and ceilings.  Deep cleaned everybody and cranny inside and out, trained my dogs, did some major dad/kid time and worked on my cooking.  My businesses were open but very slow so the managers handled it as usual.   Gave them some very nice bonuses.
Last I finally got off my ass on a new product I have been developing on and off for 2 years, finally finished and it looks like it's getting licensed out next month.
Only thing on my covid bucket list I did not do was get into a regular exercise routine.  I managed 6 weeks then tennis elbow ended that.


Keep your elbow bent and your wrist firm on backhands. If you have to, go to a 2-handed backhand to keep your wrist stable. Emphasise the last 3 fingers when you grip to, again, keep the wrist stable. The tendons for those fingers wrap around your forearm all the way to the elbow. I've always been able to clear up tendonitis issues by fixing the mechanics. Note: Even if it's from lifting, it's still probably from what you're doing with your hands. Lift with your arms, not your hands. Disclaimer: I am not a doctor.
 
2021-06-20 9:48:16 AM  
I was fortunate enough to be able to telework from last March to last December.  I honestly think I was more productive working from home than I was working in the office.
 
2021-06-20 9:52:55 AM  
For work I absolutely have and it's shown because I've gotten 2 ~15% promotions in the last 8 months.

For personal projects: good god no.
 
2021-06-20 9:54:57 AM  
Retired HVAC tech... had to unretire for COVID..  gotta take care of my customers, and still at it..  bonus was everyone is home, so plenty of time to make home-made cookies... love home-made cookies!..  high metabolism, so don't gain weight from them.  biggest issue was dealing with supply houses and their COVID rules : call in the order, pay via VISA & phone, pick up parts in a box left outside the business.. customers & their kids had to stay out of where I was working..  still at it, without the restrictions, and still getting home-made cookies..  all is good.
 
2021-06-20 9:56:14 AM  
I retaught myself/updated my skills in Adobe Animate, which was still called Flash last time I used it. Now if only I can get around to  actually animating my big idea...
 
2021-06-20 9:58:55 AM  
I learned how to drink more efficiently.
 
2021-06-20 10:00:14 AM  
I moved all my living room furniture to one side of the room and pushed my dining room table into the living room to see if I have room for a pool table. It's been like that for four months now. Yes, I live aone.
 
2021-06-20 10:04:38 AM  
What was "lockdown"? I already lived 10 miles from the nearest podunk town, only went in for groceries every 3-4 weeks, booze 2x/wk through a drive-thru, and worked from home when this all started. Y'all treat it like it was a yearlong vacation.
 
2021-06-20 10:06:25 AM  
I mean, I worked a lot of mandatory overtime at the group home, since dayhab was closed. So I guess that was being more productive. Not at home though, I lived on delivery and streaming.

/GrubHub and Doordash are awful
//let's pay more to wait longer for cold food that may or may not actually be what we ordered!
///I'll never use either again if I can help it
 
2021-06-20 10:09:07 AM  

OlderGuy: Retired HVAC tech... had to unretire for COVID..  gotta take care of my customers, and still at it..  bonus was everyone is home, so plenty of time to make home-made cookies... love home-made cookies!..  high metabolism, so don't gain weight from them.  biggest issue was dealing with supply houses and their COVID rules : call in the order, pay via VISA & phone, pick up parts in a box left outside the business.. customers & their kids had to stay out of where I was working..  still at it, without the restrictions, and still getting home-made cookies..  all is good.


My AC is making a funny noise before it kicks in. Kind of a high pitched whine for about 10 seconds. I told it to stop but it doesn't listen. Should I try to be more authoritative?
 
2021-06-20 10:10:07 AM  
Type A dissection, open heart surgery, pacemaker, bovine valve and rebuilt aorta in  February 2020. Woke up to a pandemic. Went back to work from home in May 2020. I've been working from home ever since so yes - not only productive but on this side of the dirt so I think that counts LOL!
 
2021-06-20 10:14:56 AM  
I stopped smoking pot (now that it's legal 🤔). I only do edibles now. I also really cut down on my drinking. Looking at myself in zoom calls was enough to scare myself straight. Getting older and older-looking is not as much fun as one might think. I did lose weight, as well. So, I have that going for me, which is nice.
 
2021-06-20 10:16:35 AM  
Yeah, I was half still working from work (which just wasn't open to the public for a few months) and half working from home, where everything took three times as long and was three times as much trouble.  My house is WAY too small to work out of.  And also my home internet runs through my phone, because the FCC hates America, and I only have so much bandwidth per month I can use on my actual computers.

I had less money but also less free time, somehow.  And my girlfriend was steadily going crazy from being cooped up and unemployed.  We don't even have Netflix.

We did start a big garden, which meant endless changing planning during the plague and then much money and labor and many ticks to produce more beet greens than I ever thought I'd eat.  Probably good for me.

Still, neither of us got sick.  There you go.
 
2021-06-20 10:40:22 AM  
Serious question: for those of you who managed to get shiat down (outside of work) or try new things "thanks" to lockdown, it was because you didn't have to spend time on what??

Commuting is an easy answer...what else?
 
2021-06-20 10:50:19 AM  

sinko swimo: when i wasn't reading articles on Fark about super dads who built the kids or kitties some amazing backyard roller coaster or some such shiat i was living in mild fear and depression, largely sleeping my time away while taking 3 large doses of meds a day. it was a big day out buying smokes and groceries while wearing a mask and disposable gloves. as of late i have packed over 120 cartons because Mrs. Swimo has us moving to SC USA. and if packing cardboard cartons with all your crap isn't fun i don't know what is.


My condolences on your move to Worst Carolina unless maybe it's to Charleston.
 
2021-06-20 10:57:18 AM  

Gramma: RTOGUY: I was still working outside the house and as busy as ever. Not all of us got to spend our pandemic break watching Netflix and baking bread.

I was working from home. I saved some time since I didn't have to commute. But I was anchored to my workstation from 8 am to 5 pm every day. So not exactly a bonanza of free time.  Some of us that work from home actually WORK and don't take time out to do laundry and housecleaning while we are on the clock.


OMG, why not????
 
2021-06-20 11:00:27 AM  
I went from thinking about maybe getting a job to fark it, I'm definitely retired. I'm only 62 but I'm too busy to work.
 
2021-06-20 11:01:36 AM  

Yankees Team Gynecologist: Serious question: for those of you who managed to get shiat down (outside of work) or try new things "thanks" to lockdown, it was because you didn't have to spend time on what??

Commuting is an easy answer...what else?


For me it was because I didn't have to travel for work, wife's work, and family obligations. In 2019 we were on travel more than 50% of the year.  We got back from a trip to Paris on Jan 6, 2020 and we've been at home ever since.

I really do need to go to the USA but I'm trying to put it off as long as possible, and my wife has to start commuting to Dublin Mon-Thur and she's trying to drag out the start of the contract as long as possible.
 
2021-06-20 11:05:59 AM  
No. These past two weeks back in the office have been a relief.

Everything had to be a meeting. We couldn't just get a group together to whiteboard a problem out (no, we went through every remote collaboration method out there, there's no real replacement) so it took at least three times as long to solve issues. The Warehouse apocalypse happened because they stopped doing maintenance for months on end and the entire network damn near fell over all at once.

The one silver lining is that it made very plain who the abusive assholes were and a good deal were dropkicked out of the company. So we have a chance to rebuild at least, which is nice. If we survive this year.
 
2021-06-20 11:54:01 AM  
I went fishing.  A lot.
 
2021-06-20 12:13:46 PM  
I renovated a 17 x 12 foot (200 square foot) sun room.  I started the project around Saint Patrick's day  2020 and was done by Christmas.

I took off the vinyl siding and old windows, repaired the water damaged side walls, tore out the inner walls and suspended ceiling.  I insulated the walls and ceiling, installed a new electrical circuit with plugs and ceiling lights, installed ten big windows, a door, hung new wall board on the walls and ceiling, and painted.  The only thing I didn't do myself installing the carpet.

Yes.  I was more productive
 
2021-06-20 12:26:23 PM  
My answer is complicated.

I moved to a new city just days before the Shutdown, to write for a free weekly magazine which then folded and still has reopened. I ended up in a homeless shelter for a couple months, which kicked everyone out at 7am, and didn't open until 7pm. So I'd spend 12 hours a day in an empty city, looking for a place to write out of the elements. I got another job and eventually a weekly hotel room, and finished what would become my first published fiction, in the Fark anthology. So that sort of worked out.

I got my own place in August, a dorm room essentially, but it is cheap and I have been slowly accumulating useful tools for my hobbies. If there is another shutdown (I convinced myself) I would need these items to remain occupied. Also lots of Idiot's Guides I've gotten off ebay for $5. I'll admit I haven't gotten as much writing or artwork finished as I would like, I have also been working hard at my day jobs and saving up.

Yesterday I bought something I'd been saving up for, Akai Live 2, an electronic music thingamajig which will be the hub controlling some other drum machines and synths. But I can also compose music on it, replacing a laptop DAW with Ableton or suchlike. It also has batteries and built-in speakers, so i could play a small show with it alone.

Anyway, my point is that I had kept thinking, "After I get my hub controller, then I will set up this drum machine for this song..." or whatever, since I don't want to redo things after i get it. So I was at a logjam, planning-wise, without it. Also, I'm trying to move to another state, so for a while I had put off buying this until I move there.

But I came to the conclusion it would be better to move there already knowing how to use this equipment when I get there. I'm not in such a rush to move there, that I can't arrive looking like a pro. I've accumulated a dozen MIDI controllers and keyboards, drum machines and synth modules, to connect with this controller so I will be very occupied once it arrives. But I will be able to hit the ground running once it arrives, since I've put in the groundwork with all those books I've gotten recently, and watching YouTube videos of the basics.
 
2021-06-20 12:50:56 PM  
I got my graduate degree and became a nurse (as of August)

Does that count as productive?
 
2021-06-20 12:55:36 PM  

Xetal: I got my graduate degree and became a nurse (as of August)

Does that count as productive?


Absolutely, congratulations!

What was it about lockdown specifically that made this possible though?
 
2021-06-20 12:57:14 PM  
I'm now learning two songs per week on my guitar, studying for IT certifications, and getting back into weight lifting.

I still suck at guitar, I'm still not in IT, and I'm nowhere near what I used to be as a weight lifter.

But it's better than saying "well I'd like to..."
 
2021-06-20 12:57:20 PM  

morg: OlderGuy: Retired HVAC tech... had to unretire for COVID..  gotta take care of my customers, and still at it..  bonus was everyone is home, so plenty of time to make home-made cookies... love home-made cookies!..  high metabolism, so don't gain weight from them.  biggest issue was dealing with supply houses and their COVID rules : call in the order, pay via VISA & phone, pick up parts in a box left outside the business.. customers & their kids had to stay out of where I was working..  still at it, without the restrictions, and still getting home-made cookies..  all is good.

My AC is making a funny noise before it kicks in. Kind of a high pitched whine for about 10 seconds. I told it to stop but it doesn't listen. Should I try to be more authoritative?


Where is the noise coming from ?  Outdoor unit ?  Air handler ?   Had one yesterday : no cool... got there and the thermostat indicated system was running, but it wasn't.. pulled the backup batteries out of the thermostat and it went blank : no low voltage.  Went to the gas furnace and turned on the safety switch someone turned off.. AC ok.   Freon ok.  10 minute service call... not one of my regular customers, they would have known to check that... had a big storm one night : 85 year old lady called the next day, telling me that her ac was out, and based on what I had told her previously, the start capacitor in the outdoor unit was bad from a power surge.. she was correct.  Another 10 minute call, and more home-made cookies...
 
2021-06-20 1:00:48 PM  

OlderGuy: Another 10 minute call, and more home-made cookies..


I have it on good authority that Santa moonlights as HVAC repair during the summer.

/eyes you suspiciously
 
2021-06-20 1:08:18 PM  

neongoats: OlderGuy: Another 10 minute call, and more home-made cookies..

I have it on good authority that Santa moonlights as HVAC repair during the summer.

/eyes you suspiciously


LOLOL..  too skinny and no beard..  don't like to be hit with reindeer shait, either... also year-round tech....140 degree attics are off limits now, as well as tight crawl spaces.. things don't bend like they used to when you get older...   :o)
 
2021-06-20 5:05:46 PM  
Meh. Some people did, some people didn't. I work evenings, so I noticed which people started checking their emails at night instead of only from 9 to 5. The bad ones, who are always behind on everything, got further behind. The good ones, who are ahead of the game, got further ahead.
 
2021-06-20 6:30:38 PM  

OlderGuy: morg: OlderGuy: Retired HVAC tech... had to unretire for COVID..  gotta take care of my customers, and still at it..  bonus was everyone is home, so plenty of time to make home-made cookies... love home-made cookies!..  high metabolism, so don't gain weight from them.  biggest issue was dealing with supply houses and their COVID rules : call in the order, pay via VISA & phone, pick up parts in a box left outside the business.. customers & their kids had to stay out of where I was working..  still at it, without the restrictions, and still getting home-made cookies..  all is good.

My AC is making a funny noise before it kicks in. Kind of a high pitched whine for about 10 seconds. I told it to stop but it doesn't listen. Should I try to be more authoritative?

Where is the noise coming from ?  Outdoor unit ?  Air handler ?   Had one yesterday : no cool... got there and the thermostat indicated system was running, but it wasn't.. pulled the backup batteries out of the thermostat and it went blank : no low voltage.  Went to the gas furnace and turned on the safety switch someone turned off.. AC ok.   Freon ok.  10 minute service call... not one of my regular customers, they would have known to check that... had a big storm one night : 85 year old lady called the next day, telling me that her ac was out, and based on what I had told her previously, the start capacitor in the outdoor unit was bad from a power surge.. she was correct.  Another 10 minute call, and more home-made cookies...


The outside unit is running fine, it's some motor on the guy in the basement. Kicks off for about 10 seconds when the AC is getting ready to start blowing. Everything is still working fine but I'm worried that since the motor is getting louder it's about to go.
 
2021-06-20 11:28:03 PM  

morg: OlderGuy: morg: OlderGuy: Retired HVAC tech... had to unretire for COVID..  gotta take care of my customers, and still at it..  bonus was everyone is home, so plenty of time to make home-made cookies... love home-made cookies!..  high metabolism, so don't gain weight from them.  biggest issue was dealing with supply houses and their COVID rules : call in the order, pay via VISA & phone, pick up parts in a box left outside the business.. customers & their kids had to stay out of where I was working..  still at it, without the restrictions, and still getting home-made cookies..  all is good.

My AC is making a funny noise before it kicks in. Kind of a high pitched whine for about 10 seconds. I told it to stop but it doesn't listen. Should I try to be more authoritative?

Where is the noise coming from ?  Outdoor unit ?  Air handler ?   Had one yesterday : no cool... got there and the thermostat indicated system was running, but it wasn't.. pulled the backup batteries out of the thermostat and it went blank : no low voltage.  Went to the gas furnace and turned on the safety switch someone turned off.. AC ok.   Freon ok.  10 minute service call... not one of my regular customers, they would have known to check that... had a big storm one night : 85 year old lady called the next day, telling me that her ac was out, and based on what I had told her previously, the start capacitor in the outdoor unit was bad from a power surge.. she was correct.  Another 10 minute call, and more home-made cookies...

The outside unit is running fine, it's some motor on the guy in the basement. Kicks off for about 10 seconds when the AC is getting ready to start blowing. Everything is still working fine but I'm worried that since the motor is getting louder it's about to go.


FWIW, most modern systems have fan on delay to allow the evaporator coil to get cold.. pre-chilling..  if it does that every time, with the same delay time, I wouldn't worry... the fan also will have an off delay, to use up the cold from the coil...  variable speed motors, fairly common now, can develop a whine.. loose laminations in the motor.  Might have dust / dirt on the fan blade.. could also maybe use some oil on the motor bushings..all those motors have bronze bushings, not ball bearings, and the front bushing catches the wear and dirt..  SOP to service motors regularly.. my old furnace still worked after 25 years.. only parts on it that had been replaced was a capacitor and the igniter module.. surge got them.. if you can get to the blower, kill the power and gently check for lateral motion in the motor shaft..  if you have any, new motor, sooner or later.
 
2021-06-21 10:38:47 AM  

OlderGuy: FWIW, most modern systems have fan on delay to allow the evaporator coil to get cold.. pre-chilling..  if it does that every time, with the same delay time, I wouldn't worry... the fan also will have an off delay, to use up the cold from the coil...  variable speed motors, fairly common now, can develop a whine.. loose laminations in the motor.  Might have dust / dirt on the fan blade.. could also maybe use some oil on the motor bushings..all those motors have bronze bushings, not ball bearings, and the front bushing catches the wear and dirt..  SOP to service motors regularly.. my old furnace still worked after 25 years.. only parts on it that had been replaced was a capacitor and the igniter module.. surge got them.. if you can get to the blower, kill the power and gently check for lateral motion in the motor shaft..  if you have any, new motor, sooner or later.


Nice! I was thinking something along those lines but obviously don't know the various mechanisms. I have the manuals from the install. I'll bet they have a maintenance section for this kind of thing.
 
2021-06-21 12:26:16 PM  
Need to pull the motor apart to properly clean the front bushing.. I hit it with wd40 to loosen the dirt/oil/crap, and follow with a spray degreaser.... brakleen works well.. the bushing is surrounded with wicking material, which holds the oil and feeds it to the bushing... bushing cap has to come off to properly clean... first time can be difficult... takes about 20 minutes to do the job, once you are familiar with it.. have adequate ventilation when doing that.
 
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