It’s been 18 days already since our Prime Minister announced the lockdown and after the introvert vs extrovert meme explosion, movie marathons, gaming sessions, doing Instagram challenges and silently, not-so-silently judging people for doing that, searching for book recommendations but not actually reading the recommended books, here are a few useful things to do which might actually help you and others.
Wash your hands like Lady Macbeth and remember, ‘being productive’ is a very relative term.
Participate and Contribute:
Go for challenges which actually matter. A lot of institutes around the world have organized hackathons to find solutions to deal with the problems the world is facing. It’s not just about miraculously finding the cure to COVID-19 but also about tackling the severe shortage of personal protective equipment (PPE) for medicos, designing low cost or low power consuming ventilators, making up for shortage of testing kits and enabling people to self-report themselves. The least you can do is to brainstorm with others and propose a solution (medical or non-medical) instead of grumbling about having to stay inside.
MyGov, MIT, IIT-B (e-Yantra), IEEE are some of the platforms where you can look for such challenges and pitch in your opinion where it really matters.
Read The Constitution of your country:
They say ‘knowledge is power’. The essence of democracy lies in the fact that the ultimate authority is vested in the people of the State and it isn’t a joke. You wouldn’t know about your powers unless you read about it. The lockdown provides all of us with ample time to become aware of our role.
It is sad how a major chunk of us believe in information spread by word of mouth and the literate take to their social media platforms immediately because insta-activism is the new cool and how else will we portray our ‘woke’ selves?
While we know we have the power to question the system, it’s also important to know which the right question is.
Watch Carl Sagan’s ‘Cosmos: A Personal Voyage’:
The government is bringing back shows from the 80s so we might as well suggest some. Look at the universe through the glasses of the celebrated astronomer Carl Sagan and form your own perspective but learn from his. It is a rather humbling and thought provoking, profound at the same time kind of series. There are numerous things to learn, to question and to ponder upon. Since most of us have a lot of time to overthink, give your brain something different to think about. If you like it, you can watch the Neil deGrasse Tyson’s A Spacetime Odyssey, a reboot including new discoveries since after 1980.
Yes, we still have to work from home. Yes, the once dearly beloved ones have started testing our patience and have started phasing into unbearably life-draining.
The only peaceful ‘me time’ you can get is early in the morning and that seems like a bit unfair. While getting up early seems like putting in a lot of effort, it can also be looked upon as a choice. Start your day with a few minutes of meditation, give time to skin care or make simple plans which you know you can execute easily. Don’t feel guilty if you don’t. This isn’t a competition and there are no bells waiting to go off.
If you’re a student with competitive exams lined up for this year or next year and you’ve been a mess, it’s time to get sorted. Work on your basics since you have time now with no coaching or college hours to drain your brain (Yea, we all know how seriously you take those Zoom meetings). Practice problems in your balcony or roof because it’s quiet mostly outside now.
Exercise your brain:
Solve riddles, Sudoku or puzzles with family or learn to solve the Rubik’s cube. Play video games, do breathing exercises or learn that Kpop choreography you wanted. Exercise your brain to keep it from becoming dull cause of all the binge-watch. Learn how to be a good storyteller or draw the way you spend your time these days or study how pandemics are an economic burden for every country alike. Get your brain out of the mental lockdown and sharpen your skills.
While it’s not necessary for you to do anything mentioned above, it’s necessary for you to make sure you stay home and not regret the way you spend your time. Let’s make it easier for the people who’re battling this on the front lines.
Read part 2 here