COVID 19 pandemic was unexpected to everyone(except maybe for China) all around the world. The entire globe went into lockdown, the Economy came to a standstill, Shops closed, colleges closed, politicians were only seen on TV, as usual, only hospitals and essentials were open. It was bad, really bad for a few months and we were scared. We knew nothing about the virus, our generation was never locked down, it was desperate. But it was time for the smart to be productive.
Then came the change -COVID19
Everything will change.
As Heraclitus said we changed. That is human nature which has made us the apex predators on this earth. We keep changing and only those who adapt and overcome survive. It was a matter of survival of the fittest. We took to the internet, started looking inwards, started enjoying small things, took to our gardens and fields. Even though we socially distanced ourselves from others, we came close to ourselves.
I want to congratulate you because you have survived through adaptation. That is the first step against covid.
What now after the covid?
The government lockdowns are being lifted and life is slowly gaining momentum. But in many of the countries, the virus is not yet contained and claiming many lives daily. Life must go on. The government can’t keep us locked up forever.
Covid era has made a majority work from home, some has lost their job, some health care workers are working overtime(THANK YOU). There is a change in the life schedule of every individual, and you should be aware of it. Otherwise, you will lose track, and eventually, it will burn you out.
Work from home and the mental stress of the epidemic coupled with the dynamic world has caused mental exhaustion in many, as they can’t cope up.
How to adapt?
Getting your life ordered is the first step in this covid epidemic. I’ll list a few things you have to do to get things sorted.
- Have a schedule for the day, written preferably the previous day.
- you don’t have to be detailed to every minute. Just enough for you to remember it.
- Fix a wake up time
- It doesn’t have to be 5 AM, fix a time, but be punctual. Make sure you get a minimum of six hours of sleep and don’t exceed 9 hours.
- Make a schedule for the day
- Write the big things you need to get done on that day. Need to fix the roof? Grocery shopping? Call a special client? Teach your kid baseball? It need not be detailed, but write down the sequence you plan to do it.
- It will give an outline of the day and a sense of achievement when you cross off each item from the list.
- Eat healthy
- avoid binge eating. have meals at the right time. Don’t skip meals. I would suggest homegrown vegetables to be included in meals.
- take a walk outside at least once a week
- you have to maintain social distancing, but you need the sun as much as plants need it
- humans are social animals. without society, we will wither away and crumble. It is good for your emotional health to see the world.
- while at it, try to watch with a new perspective. See what has changed due to the pandemic. Try to analyze why the change has come.
- talk with your family
- If you can feel caged, they can also feel caged. Some might be hit hard, lost job, struggling. You don’t have to give them money, just being there for them is also a blessing.
- Talk to your parents. They may not tolerate loneliness and making everything digital will make them feel like an outcast. For people who aren’t well adept with technology, a pandemic can be harsh, as everything and anything is online now
- Time for learning a new life skill
- This is the chance you have always wanted. Don’t make excuses, get tot it. There was something you always wanted to do in your garden, some plumbing work, something in the field, some old instrument that has gathered dust over time.
- Dust them up, pick it up, and go all out.
- Pick a book you always wanted to read. Everything is available on kindle. If you don’t want to read get a podcast. Anything works as long as you gain new knowledge or find a new world in reading.
- Stop wasting time on social media
- Social media gives us the false satisfaction of getting things done or gaining knowledge. It is nothing but a false perception, a psychological hack by social media companies to keep you rigged.
- Fix how many hours you will be spending on social media.
- Keep your mobile away from you in your productive hours.
- Fix a time for sleep
- After all these things in a day, sleep at the right time. If you don’t sleep at the right time, your wake up time gets postponed, your schedule changes, you will feel guilty and waste one day. Just make sure you sleep by 12 AM, that sounds OK.
Keeping a new habit is hard for all of us. But that’s why those who took the decision and made it work become successful and we remember them. Now is the right time to invest in new habits, because the Covid19 pandemic was like a hard reset button to the world. The status quo changed for all.
Now might be your time to shine. Just one right decision and act might be your turning point 5 or 10 years into the future.
Here is a link to another productivity guide.