Make the virus work for you.
This is the vacation you always wanted. This is the time, the lack of which you used as an excuse to not execute on the things you should have been doing.
So here it is. Here’s your chance. How you use these 2 weeks(or more) can literally set you up for life. It can help you get back to old hobbies, or discover new ones, or finally get to reading that book. You can use this time to start an online business. There is so much potential, we all have the same time. It all boils down to how you use it.
So here are a few ideas as to what you can do, and what you shouldn’t do.
Don’t binge Netflix
The truth is, most people are going to go through this quarantine period the same old, boring, loser way. Watch a bunch of TV shows or movies they’ve always wanted to watch.
Do not do this. You can watch those later when you need time off from your boring college life. This is the time when you are fully in control of how you feel, use it to your advantage.
Don’t play video games
This is an epidemic I see especially in young boys. They’ve been programmed to sit on their ass and play games on a screen all day.
Accomplishment in a game becomes substitute for accomplishment in real life. This is a real problem. Games give you the feeling of achievement with their elaborate graphics and carefully designed reward systems.
Uninstall all games from your phone and computer. Men are supposed to go out and build things in the real world, don’t let a game convince you otherwise.
Don’t browse social media
The last one was for the boys. This one is for the girls.
Research shows that social media has worse effects on women than men. As a woman, it is important to stay off social media in general.
Especially in times like these, when you have more free time than ever. It is highly important to monitor your usage. Do not let that extra free time lead you into falling into the social media trap.
No, you don’t need it to stay updated with coronavirus news. Stop lying to yourself.
Everyone should carefully monitor how much they use social media in these times. Do not slip.
Don’t watch the news
This might seem counter intuitive to some of you. How do you stay informed if you don’t watch the news?
But the news sensationalizes everything. And most news outlets are constantly regurgitating the same nonsense over and over again.
At this point, you should be intelligent enough to understand that the news is not meant to inform you, but only meant to make you opinionated or fearful about the Chinese coronavirus.
You already know what you need to know. Stop actively watching the news.
Read a book
Use this time to your advantage. Read the book you’ve always wanted to read. You have literally no excuse. The average novel takes 5-6 hours to read. You can literally read a book a day.
I’m not suggesting you do that. But you have 8+ hours of free time. The least you can do is read a book a week.
Emerge as a better person after the quarantine ends. Read more.
Do an online course
Same logic. You’ve got all the time you always wanted. This is the time when you prove to yourself that it was really the time that was stopping you.
Most people just used not having time as an excuse. Now you have no excuse. This is the time when the winners will differentiate themselves from the losers.
Do a course. If you’re already doing courses, good. You can use this free time to learn something unconventional, or pursue a hobby instead.
Learn a new skill
On similar lines, learn a new skill. Take out one hour of the day to learn something you’ve always wanted to learn. Make sure this is something new, something you learn from scratch. It will help fire up those beginner, learning neurons in your brain.
Paint, sketch, 3D model, cook, craft, dance.
Just putting this out there. Take care of your health. All of my audience is young. Statistically speaking, even if you contract the virus, you will be just fine. But that doesn’t mean you should let go of your diet and health in this season.
People are running marathons in their bedrooms in China.
Eat healthy, and perform bodyweight workouts at home. Pushups, squats, burpees, surya-namaskars. The basics is all you need.
You can also do yoga, or meditate.
Extending from the meditation point, this is a good time to reflect.
It’s just you with you. Lock yourself in a room without your phone. Sit with a pen and paper. Write how you feel. Write down whatever thoughts come in your brain.
Alone time should not be spent distracting yourself every hour with Instagram. Alone time can be used to reflect on your life choices, and make major corrections.
Coronavirus is a hard reset for society in general. We have realized that most things we think are secure, are really not. Use it as a hard reset for your own life as well. Make corrections.
So there it is. I’ve given you multiple ways in which you can utilize your time, and multiple ways in which you should not be wasting your time.
What you do in this time dictates who you are as a person.
“Every action you take is a vote for the type of person you wish to become. No single instance will transform your beliefs, but as the votes build up, so does the evidence of your new identity.”
Don’t watch the news. Don’t watch Netflix. Don’t browse Instagram multiple times a day. Don’t play video games.
Read a book. Do a course. Learn a skill. Yoga. Pushups. Reflection.
Stay safe, stay woke, and wash your hands. Come out a better person.
If you found these tips interesting, do implement them!