Do you feel beat nowadays? Constantly pressured under the gloomy clouds that cover us all during these times? Feel like you are stuck in a rut of Netflix, comfort food and sleep that seems to be endless? Worry not, because we are here to make sure that you crush this feeling of negativity that has engulfed you. Here are a few things you can do to feel more productive every day.
Build those Reading Skills! Escape the Quarantine Zone by diving into those pages
With schools and universities closed for the foreseeable future, you will not get a better opportunity to read that philosophical piece, that crime thriller or that self-help guide that you always wanted to. It’s about time you pick it off the shelf and dust it clean. Its about time you sit down for hours on end, with no idea of how time passes by, and submerge yourself into the book, absorb all of its teachings, and come out a more grown, developed and learned person. No longer will you be stuck in your home in quarantine; rather you will be teleported to a world where the coronavirus doesn’t exist. If you don’t know where to start, here are some books that most people have like:
● 12 Rules for Life—for the self-help geek
● Origin by Dan Brown—if you’re looking for a thriller that keeps you on the edge of your seat
● The Shining by Stephen King—for the reader looking for some eery horror to distract them from the fact that they are in quarantine
● The Book Thief—if you’re searching for an emotional rollercoaster, here it is
Venture into new books
If you are an avid reader already, and you have already reaped the benefits of reading, the journey hasn’t ended yet for you. Move into newer genres of books. If you have only read the mainstreams, try reading out one of the classics. If you have only read fiction, try reading some history. If you have only read self development, try reading some books on business, because many of the techniques you learn will be most readily applied to your workplace. To help you venture into a different genre, here are two resources that you should use:
● Scribd, an online bookstore, is giving readers access to all content for free for a month in light of the corona epidemic. Sign up here and have the time of your life! >Click Here
● Don’t have the patience to read books? Audible allows you to listen to books while doing other activities, and they are also offering a free 30-day trial to help you pass time in this epidemic. Sign up here: >Click Here
Skills for CV - Fill that CV up!
While you may be sitting at home watching movies and eating food, there are thousands out there who are still working to enhance their knowledge, improve their skills, and broaden their perspective. If you search with keenness, you will find access to thousands of resources that promise to leave you with greater knowledge and skills. They are coming for the place you always wanted in your dream job or your dream university. It is only you who can make sure that the distance between you and your dreams does not widen during these times. Luckily, there are countless platforms out there waiting for you to utilize them to improve yourself, and most of them are free. Here is just one resource that allows you to access hundreds of courses being offered by the glorious Ivy League.This quarantine has got nothing on you! >Click Here
Nobody Likes Education Without Fun
Fine, you love TV. Nothing catches your attention as well as visual details and it is scientifically difficult to get your eyes off that screen once they get glued to it. Nevertheless, there are still things you can watch that impart you with knowledge, while also keeping you entertained.
● Here are a few documentaries that will keep you engaged:
○ The Great Hack—to find out how the world’s biggest social media scandal unraveled
○ The Game Changers—everything you were told about meat was wrong
○ Cosmos—find out what science says about how the universe works
○ Find out a topic you love and a documentary on it is just a google search away
● Youtube is a treasure trove of knowledge from all disciplines, only if you are willing to explore. Here are a few channels and the subjects they specialize in:
○ CNBC—if you want to stay up to date with the latest developments in the global business world
○ Wendover Productions—for aviation knowledge
○ Kurzgesagt—for the most beautifully illustrated animations on science issues
○ Economics Explained—if you’re an economics geek, this is your heaven
○ Academy of Ideas—philosophy freaks ahoy
Entrepreneurship – Building Presentation Skills
If you have been inspired by reading our articles on entrepreneurship, then you can use easily use TV shows and Youtube to grow your passion. If you want to become the next Steve Jobs or Jack Dorsey, you should spend your time watching Shark Tank. Not only is it entertaining, but it provides incredible insight into the entrepreneurial journey, from idea generation to value delivery. Youtube is filled with interviews of the most successful entrepreneurs speaking on literally every topic you can think of, from economics, to politics to science. Listen to them speaking about where they got their brilliant world-changing ideas from, who knows you might get your ideas in the same places. Ambitious entrepreneurs from all markets talking about their dramatic journeys and their visions to change the world, if this won’t benefit you, we don’t know what will!
Travel the World from Home
Google Voyager is an incredible tool in Google Earth that allows you to go on an expedition through the world right on your fingertips. We promise that you will be blown away once you find out how interactive it is. Not only does it uses mind-boggling technology to use data that is visualized in an entertaining way, but it also takes you to the beautiful ground realities of the most famous tourist destinations of the world. From looking at the leopards of the African savannah to gazing at the beautiful architecture in the town of Manarola, Italy, this will truly take you out from the confines of your home.
Workout at Home - Get Shredded!
Food outlets like KFC may have some killer deals to help you deal with the isolation nowadays. But don’t forget a healthy body leads to a healthy mind. Take steps this quarantine season to make sure you feel a thousand times better, both inside and out. Nobody expects you to turn into Chris Hemsworth, but a little fat loss and better endurance won’t hurt anyone. Fortunately, you don’t have to go to the gym to get fit. Simple home workouts and a slightly controlled diet can help you achieve the body that leads to a healthy mind. Here’s a video to help you get started from scratch.
Sit Down and Do Nothing, Literally!
Students very often get caught up in the worries of everyday school/university life, with little time for long term planning. It is not so often that a get a break this long from work life, and if you use it right, it can become a blessing in disguise. This is the perfect time to do some self-reflection and reevaluation. Its the perfect time to sit down for some time and think. Talk to yourself and find out what your values and priorities in life are. Realize what you want to do in your life, so when normal life resumes, you are all set to get back on track, more focussed than ever, working with a specific aim and direction in mind.
Remember, nobody expects you to change your life during a pandemic. But if you work in small, incremental improvements, if you improve by even .1% every day, but you do it with consistency, that is more than enough to help you evolve yourself in the long run.