After you have taken care of yourself and your loved one's health and basic needs, you must focus on your development during this crisis.
You need to put together a plan to learn since you are going to be locked down for the next few weeks or months. No one knows how long this crisis will last. No one knows whether the virus will burn itself, disappear and come back again in fall, or burn itself out for good. Let's hope the latter is what happens.
Since we are all doing our part in defeating this enemy, but you can't ignore your development during this challenging period.
Learning has never been easier than it is today. We have so much stuff online like YouTube, Coursera, Edx, Khan Academy, etc. that you can turn to. And most of it is free.
Here is what I am doing that I want to share with you:
If you are home and not going out and about or have to take care of your kids, you should have some time to read. I plan to take advantage of getting a lot of books to read during this crisis.
Reading is good, but you can plus it by writing your thoughts from what you read. You can either keep your writing private or public by publishing it. Writing will help you crystallize your thoughts.
Writing is good, but you can plus it by preparing a speech, preferably a short one. Speaking will help you have an interesting conversation with people.
Writing is good, but you can plus it by publishing your thoughts as a blog post on your website or LinkedIn or post a video on YouTube. Once you have enough of content in a specific area, you can take this to the next level and publish a book, create an online course or a workshop. Producing content every day adds up quickly.
You can also learn technical skills by taking courses online from Coursera, Edx, Udacity and others. My go to place for learning is thegreatcoursesplus.com. This is a yearly subscription under $200 but well worth it based on the wide variety of courses they offer.
It is easy to get overwhelmed, distracted and lose focus with all the news regarding the Covid-19 crisis. As I said, if you have taken care of yourself, your loved one's health and basic necessities, then you must focus on your personal development. You are unlikely to get a better time to invest in yourself. Take advantage of it now so you can thrive on the other side of this crisis whether you are employed or unemployed.
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