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Before this pandemic, if you would have asked me...
"How would you do if you were forced to be in your condo for 2 straight weeks?"
...I would have had a pretty negative answer.
But surprisingly, after 15 days and counting of self-quarantine, I feel really good.
That is directly related to this list of 10 items I hope you consider using for yourself and your students over the next several weeks.
With less commuting, less program and club meetings, less social gatherings and potentially less schoolwork, this is an amazing time to focus on improving our lives and the lives of our students.
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At first, I panicked. I was worried everything would come to a halt and I'd be sitting inside, bored and with nothing to do.
Then, I realized I was overreacting. Things were gonna be ok. I'm fortunate to have my basic needs met, and with the internet I can get most of my work done.
Finally, I realized I have even more control over my time.
I could use this self-quarantine as an opportunity to move faster and further on my digital marketing projects I'd been putting off.
We realized we could help schools and programs inside and out of our community by making our online leadership course available for free.
We've connected and reconnected with so many people, and it's amazing to see the number of students now using the course.
The key was flipping my mindset from managing the situation to seizing the opportunity.
Questions to ask yourself:
Check out the remaining items for some examples and suggestions.
Even though a big theme of this post is that things are not normal right now, sticking to a normal schedule has helped me get as much or more done every day than I normally would.
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One of my greatest passions is learning, so I've been taking advantage of the extra time to read more, learn more and grow more.
Some are relevant for work, some aren't. But the learning and growing keeps my mind sharp and me having fun even while I'm required to stay inside.
Could you use this time to:
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Usually, 80% of my working days are spent developing products, writing and doing creative work.
During this crisis, I've had a lot more video calls and contact with people than normal in and out of our community (which has been great!).
Many people are in the same boat right now: they have more time on their hands than usual.
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This is by far one of the most impactful things I've done every day.
Without being able to go to my gym, I've still been getting my rear end kicked doing these zero-equipment Athlean X workouts from Jeff Cavaliere.
With so many gyms closing, a lot of them are also offering free classes you can stream from your home.
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I don't know about you, but the more sedentary I am, the more I want junk and unhealthy food.
They key for me has been to not have any of that food in the house. Since I can't just go into the kitchen and grab it, I've been eating really well.
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Normally I wake up at 6am, but I'm taking this opportunity to get an extra hour of sleep each night.
In addition to extra protection from getting sick, it's been awesome to wake up with more energy and sustain it throughout the day.
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I noticed a direct correlation to increased happiness when I started avoiding 99.9% of news.
Most news is negative, extremely biased and designed to capture your attention for as long as possible.
I still keep up on government orders and virus data from scientific sources, but I unsubscribed from news emails, stopped watching tv news and disabled the Apple News feed (swipe left) on my iPhone.
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Even with all of our technology (or because of our technology), it's easy to feel disconnected right now.
I've tried to make it a priority (and will be doing so even more) to stay in touch frequently with family, friends and peers via text, phone, email and video chat.
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After sticking to my work schedule and getting things done, I have no guilt in also taking advantage of this opportunity to kick back with my fiancée, play Mario Kart Battle and watch new shows and movies.
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