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Wednesday, 22nd April, 2020

As the world pandemic continues and the global crisis deepens, amidst the anxiety and real loss and pain for thousands, a phenomenon occurs for others, lucky to be less hit. And this is a lack of motivation. Apparently it's happening across the populations and it's accompanied by a desire to constantly graze.

This is certainly true for me. A lot of days see me listless. And it got me thinking... late one night, about a strange coincidence. It's about the word 'listless'. After one particularly bad day, in terms of low productivity and its cousin, lethargy, I reflected on why I'd achieved almost nothing. I usually have a lot more to do and get quite a lot more done. I realised it was because I hadn't stuck to my usual systems. I have these systems for writing my task lists - one is a micro 'look' at the day, where I plot my hours, and one is a macro. On one I write all the tiny tasks and on the other my top priorities. Anyway, I'd abandoned this. And I could tell. Bear with me.

If you, like me, are a lover of lists, then you will relate to the idea of a plummet in motivation when you're without a list. You become listless... or list-less, as it were.

The link came upon me one night. I'm sure the lack of lists is not the real root of the word 'listless' (I wonder what is?), but I love words and all links between words and stories behind words. So now I'll never hear the word 'listless' in the same way again.

I wonder if you are listless, too? This self-isolation period is a very strange time indeed. I don't know about you, but I find some days are fine and others very hard. I'm lucky enough to be in quite a good position. I have a garden, lovely kids, my husband is working from home and our income is fine. I can't imagine what the distress is like for others. So for me, the main challenge

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