Working from home: how to avoid the biscuit tin

It’s such a mainstream concept now, the home office thing, and those three little words are firmly built into common office parlance (though the acronym WFH still needs a bit of explaining to some people alarmed by its oddly blunt appearance).

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How to stockpile’s first example for ‘Stockpile’ is

‘A supply of material, as a pile of gravel in road maintenance’

I don’t have any gravel or roads that require maintenance (unless you count my stair carpet, which does actually need a really good Hoover). My meaning is more to do with collecting words, specifically within blog posts, more specifically for times when I need a quick upload. Like today.

More of us are comfortable with the theory of stockpiling social media snippets for situations when we’re not in a position to think, write and post one. If we subscribe to the idea that our blogs, Insta pages, LinkedIn profiles, and other social plants all need constant watering, then we need to garden in advance.

Right now it’s mid-Easter-break and those of us in possession of school-age children will be knee-deep in ‘holidays’. I use quotes because although it’s a holiday for him, that’s not always the case for me. The Fairy family is, however, about to pack up and head out on a road trip, so I need to pot my posts and prune my profiles well in advance. Like this:

• I’ve already worked out how many posts I need. I won’t make it more than usual, because there’s no point in doubling up on work just for the sake of it. If I only usually post once a week, then I’ll prepare one per week. Always keep it simple.

• I’ve got a timely post up my sleeve. I know it’s going to be Easter and I’ve already bought the chocolate and thought up a theme.

• I’ve checked to see if the Airbnb has WiFi – it does.

• I’ve added a reminder to my phone so I’m not on a high hill in Snowdonia when I remember that I should have clicked ‘Save & Publish’ the night before.

• I’ve packed some nice wine, just as a little pat on the back. I think I’ve earned it.

I will also be doing this for half-term (Venice), summer (Greece) and all the other school holidays between now and university (him, not me), so there’s no chance of my stock ever running out of piles.

Happy holidays!


Sprint to the finish (Happy New Year)

Here’s Mr Fairy earlier on today, leading me up another steep trudge on the last day of the year. Can you see him? He’s the one in the man-tights, gracefully hopping up the top flight. As usual, I’m several paces behind, watching him pound the steps two at a time. I trot up like an old dog with gammy legs, grateful I don’t have a rear view of myself.

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Running motivation No 1

There may be some mention of the business of running on my Insta feed. Not because I’m brilliant at it and super-sporty, quite the opposite. I bunked off PE at school, forged perfect sick notes (for prices click here), spent my 20s and 30s joining various circuit groups, then sulking when it didn’t work out.

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