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Don't give in to coronavirus quarantine perfectionism

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When it became apparent that I, along with thousands of people across the world, would be spending the next few weeks at various stages of confinement, I – like everyone else – didn’t know how to react. I’ve been in isolation for seven days now and I’ve oscillated between worrying, feeling sad, worrying some more, finding solace in random acts of humour and kindness, and – oh yes – worrying.

But you know what I haven't been doing? Working towards my future Nobel Prize. And no, I don't feel bad about it.

I say this because one unintended consequence of thousands of millennials going into quarantine across the world has been "containment perfectionism". In simple terms, this is the idea that I should be reading inordinate amounts of books, finally going through the classics (Is this my chance to finally finish Jack Kerouac’s On the Road after a series of failed attempts in my teenage years? We’ll find out!), and perhaps even write a novel, now that I’m stuck at home. I should also probably be joining a free entrepreneurial webinar, mastering meditation and catching up on my podcasts, in between cooking delicious home-cooked meals with my stockpile from........

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