Friends of mine with children have pretty elaborate lists and plans because they have to keep track of multiple people, and I know it often stresses them out. I'm generally keeping track of only myself, and years ago decided that if things didn't happen, it was still OK. So I realize I'm already ahead of a lot of people
Nonetheless, I have been trying hard to still make lists and plans for myself since they tend to make me feel more grounded. I remember when we would move to a new place when The Tim would get a new job, I was unemployed, but would still have myself sorted out. It did make it easier to adapt once I had a job that required following someone else's schedule.
Over the past couple of weeks, I have planned a series of projects to do during the week so that I wouldn't just sit and do nothing. A lot of them involved putting things away, or cleaning out something - the kind of thing that is occupying, but also works with a somewhat distracted mind. When I realized that The Tim was going to start being home all the time also after today, I had a talk with myself, so that I wouldn't let his I-never-plan-anything approach drive me as nuts as I know it can. He's one of those people that will decide on the spur of the moment that he is going to paint a room, so all of a sudden everything has to be moved out right away, etc. In my case, unless I found out that painting a room RIGHT NOW would somehow save my life or provide me with a million dollars, I would plan when I wanted to start painting, gradually move things out, etc. So adjustments will need to happen.
Fortunately, since I know I'll have plenty more time off, I'm not trying to cram it all into a few days or one week. I've been approaching the days in much the same way I approach the weekends. I do Chore X for 1/2 to an hour (setting a timer), and then do something I want to do (knit, read, take a walk) for the same amount of time. Rinse and repeat. This way, I don't feel like a drudge.
OK, I seldom feel like a drudge - it's more likely that I'll decide skip the chores ... ;-)
For instance - my 'big' project today? Going through the approximately 6500 plastic/Tupperware containers we have and getting rid of those that are worn out, no longer have lids, etc. This will in no way take the whole day, but if I get that done, I'll feel that I have accomplished something. And before you tell me that glass containers are more environmentally reasonable, I will tell you that a) we use the ones we have for years and years, and b) The Tim is careless with these kinds of things, and there is a strong probability that we would be replacing glass containers regularly if we used those. If it was all up to me, glass would win, but it's not and I can live with that.
Anyway, the reason I'm sharing this is in the hope that it may give you some ideas on a useful way to fill your time when your regular concentration skills are not available. It works for me most of the time, so perhaps it will work for you, or give you some ideas.
*****In other news, our craft group at work had our Zoom meeting last Friday, right before our virtual all-staff Zoom meeting. It was lots of fun and we had some good laughs. One guy in the group used a virtual background showing a group of men knitting, and it looked like he was sitting on someone's lap, which provided many comments and much hilarity. We decided to try and meet once a week, since no one is tied to other stuff at work, so that will be enjoyable.
In our all-staff meeting, we learned that we may very likely not be going back to work in our building until mid-June, and that "for now" no one is being laid off and that "for now" no salaries are being cut back. Which is at least temporarily comforting, but given that two other museums in the city have gotten rid of 75 and 65 percent of their staffs respectively, no one felt reassured.
I can't help but think of that Chinese saying, "May you live in interesting times." Sigh. Not the "interesting" most of us would dream about, I'm guessing.