The Subtle Art Of Making the Most of this #SocialDistancing Period

The Subtle Art Of Making the Most of this #SocialDistancing Period

Or 7 Tips for being productive during SocialDistancing

It’s been a while since I wrote in this column. “The Subtle Art Of …” is a column on Tell! that shares Life hacks, tips and advice on how to be better at handling some of the issues we currently face as a society.

As we all know, the world is currently on shutdown due to the prevalence and spread of the COVID-19 Pandemic. The rate at which the virus spreads is fast and hence SocialDistancing has been prescribed as the best solution so far for reducing the spread of the pandemic.

Here are 7 tips on how to be productive during this SocialDistancing period

1. DON’T READ THE NEWS

If there is one thing you should try to avoid the most during this period, it is panic. And so far reading the news doesn’t seem to help matters.

No, you don’t need to know how many new cases there are, or how many people have died. That doesn’t make the situation better in any way!

All you need to have at the back of your mind is that this pandemic is serious and you have to follow the necessary precautions to protect yourself and your family. Reading about how many deaths and new cases exist really does not help matters.

Some may call this being selfish, I’ll call it protecting your sanity and avoiding panic.

If you however still want to stay updated, I would advice you watch Trevor Noah’s Daily Social Distancing Show on YouTube and IG.

2. HAVE A PLAN

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Don’t start any day during this SocialDistancing period without a clear daily plan of what you wish to accomplish. Try to make every day unique by doing something different on consecutive days. That way you avoid monotony, frustration and boredom.

3. LEARN SOMETHING NEW!

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If there is any great way to make use of this free time, it would be to use it to learn something you’ve always wanted to learn and be good at. You can learn anything ranging from learning a new Programming skill to learning a new language, craft or soft skill.

Infact at Tell!, we currently have an online MasterClass on Copywriting ongoing. Not only do you get to learn from an expert with over 5 years of experience and get a certificate, but you also get to access freelancing and internship opportunities as a copywriter as well.

You can register for it by clicking the image below:

4. READ BOOKS

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One other great way to productively make use of this free time is to read beautifully written books. To me, books are the opposite of social distancing as they provide a way for you to imagine and explore new realities while in the safety and comfort of your home.

I would be publishing a list of top 10 recommended books to read during this period soon, so stay tuned.

5. WRITE ABOUT HOW YOU FEEL

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Writing is Therapeutic. And with the way the world is on shut down right now, everyone needs therapy. You don’t know it yet, but this could trigger a mid-life crisis or “Low” for some people with pre-existing mental health conditions. Since we all can’t actually visit a therapist right now, the next best thing is to write and share exactly how we feel.

If it is any consolation, you can share your thoughts Anonymously on Tell! by clicking here or you can create an account to publish your stories.

6. GET A REMOTE JOB

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Fam, you have to agree with me that SocialDistancing is going to cost alot of money, so you should find a way to make money while at it. Fortunately, we partnered with SkillNG on a free Webinar to educate people on how they can work remotely and make money online during this period. To register for the webinar, click the image below:

7. EXERCISE, RELAX AND HAVE FUN WITH YOUR FAMILY

Yay! SocialDistancing is gonna be the longest holiday you never asked for but you got it anyways

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This advice is especially for people who were stressing before this SocialDistancing period started. Try to make good use of this free time to relax, eat well, sleep well and exercise. Play games and have fun, especially with little kids because their carefree attitude and free spiritedness is infectious and that can help you deal with your panicking and overthinking.


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