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Monday, April 20, 2020

5 Things To Do While Under Quarantine

The novel coronavirus is no longer culturally novel — it's been several weeks since schools and non-essential workplaces began to close down, and many are settling into what's become a new normal of social distancing. In lieu of face-to-face contact, people around the world have developed new ways to stay connected and still have fun, even while adhering to public health guidelines.

Although remaining inside is a good way to protect yourself and others from the coronavirus, and is an important measure to help "flatten the curve" of daily cases that put pressure on our health care system, it could lead to a lesser evil: boredom and stir craziness. 

Here's a few things you can do to make the most of this situation:

1. 5S your home (Clean and organize).
What better excuse? Staying in might provide you with the perfect time to take control of your home. Cleaning and organizing always makes me feel a little bit better. It also stops me from feeling claustrophobic -- a feeling that can be hard to ignore when being cooped up at home. Try cleaning or organizing a closet that hasn’t gotten attention in a while, or go through and get rid of stuff you haven’t used in a while.

2. Learn a new skill.
The business world is rapidly changing and new skills are needed constantly, but it can be nearly impossible to learn something new while you’re just trying to keep your head above water at work. Now is the perfect time to let your creativity flow. Use this time stuck in quarantine to brush up on your skills, learn something new, and navigate the web, work and study. Many e-learning platforms are now offering their online courses for free (or at a bargain)!

3. Read a book.
How often have you said you wanted to read more, but you didn’t have the time? Now’s the time to get reading. Books are a good tool for your learning. If you need some ideas: Top 10+ Lean Manufacturing Books

4. Reflect.
This seems to be an ideal time to reflect or to clear you head. The benefits of dedicating time to reflection are numerous and have been proven in studies over and over again. Retreat and decelerate. Turn off your smartphone and computer and really get some rest. It’s hard, but maybe the pandemic is also a good time to reflect on the really important things in life.

5. Stay active.
Practicing social distancing doesn't mean you have to be cooped up in the house all day. Fresh air is still recommended, as long as you aren’t congregating with lots of other people. There are several activities that can be done solo, or in pairs — and outside, including:

  • Go for a run.
  • Get the bike out and take it for a spin.
  • Hit the golf course and play a round.
  • Find an at-home workout routine that doesn't require additional weights.

Remember, while a quarantine will disrupt your daily routine, the opportunity can also be used to improve ourselves. Trying to stay positive and pro-active appears to be all we can do at the moment.
Make the best of your time at home.

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