Pre-pandemic, I used to do research in a lab environment. The disadvantage with the lab environment is that I focus only on applied work due to continuous monitoring.
Now, during the pandemic, I spend a lot of time on pure theoretical stuff such as reading standard text books, since there is less stress on me to generate results and doing applied work for a short amount of time.
But, the issue is that when I study continuously, I get easily bored. As a result, I am unable to study for a significant part of the day. I do not opt for music or movies. So, I do not get any alternative to spend time.
I am interested to know: how do researchers generally spend time apart from research work?