A few days ago I made you a promise of curating informative lists for your productivity during this mandatory coronavirus lockdown. I am here to make good on that promise. 𝙊𝙛 𝙘𝙤𝙪𝙧𝙨𝙚, 𝙖 𝙢𝙖𝙣 𝙞𝙨 𝙤𝙣𝙡𝙮 𝙖𝙨 𝙜𝙤𝙤𝙙 𝙖𝙨 𝙝𝙞𝙨 𝙬𝙤𝙧𝙙𝙨.

As we all muddle through these challenging times, it is rather wise to keep ourselves positively occupied in order to be better placed in the post COVID world. I assure you there will be one.

Here are 15 suggestions to get you through the next few weeks whilst the lockdown still continues.

𝟙. 𝕊𝕥𝕦𝕕𝕪 𝕥𝕙𝕖 ℍ𝕠𝕝𝕪 𝕊𝕔𝕣𝕚𝕡𝕥𝕦𝕣𝕖𝕤:

It is needful to know the mind of God during these unusual times, the Bible will guide you towards achieving that. Set apart some time to find the mind of God concerning you each day.

𝟚. ℝ𝕖𝕒𝕕 𝕒 𝕘𝕠𝕠𝕕 𝕓𝕠𝕠𝕜:

Perhaps you’ve heard this saying; “the books you read today will play a huge part in deciding where/who you’ll be 5 years from now”.

This is true! whatsoever level you’ve attained by now, it is as a result of the information at your disposal. This is what good books do, they reinforce that arsenal and equip you properly for various challenges that will come your way.

Books also nourish the mind, they pull down walls and give you access to the minds of giants whose footprints will endure the test of time in the lives of men.

Revisit that dusty library and begin reading now.

𝟛. 𝕃𝕖𝕒𝕣𝕟 𝕒 𝕟𝕖𝕨 𝕝𝕒𝕟𝕘𝕦𝕒𝕘𝕖:

Acquiring a new foreign language can boost brain power, enhance your ability to multi-task and improve your memory. Mobile apps like Duolingo can assist you to learn a new language with ease and fun.

𝟜. 𝕋𝕒𝕜𝕖 𝕒 𝕗𝕣𝕖𝕖 𝕀𝕧𝕪 𝕃𝕖𝕒𝕘𝕦𝕖 𝕔𝕠𝕦𝕣𝕤𝕖:

In an attempt to relieve the pain COVID 19 pandemic has inflicted on the whole world, ivy league schools like Stanford, Harvard, MIT, and their likes have decided to offer some of their paid programs for free.

Google and find one that fits your discipline and enroll ASAP. Some offer certificates upon completion. That could be the boost your CV will need to land your dream job after this pandemic.

𝟝. 𝕋𝕒𝕜𝕖 𝕒 𝕐𝕠𝕘𝕒 𝕔𝕝𝕒𝕤𝕤:

Even if you’ve never tried this before, with plenty of DIY videos available on Youtube, you will be guided to learn this practice that can help you control your mind, body, and soul. It also helps improve your body flexibility and manage anxiety and stress.

𝟞. ℂ𝕣𝕖𝕒𝕥𝕖 𝕒 𝕃𝕖𝕘𝕠 𝕔𝕙𝕒𝕝𝕝𝕖𝕟𝕘𝕖:

Lego challenge calendar is a very awesome platform that inspires you to build something creative without telling you exactly what to build.

Explore Lego with kids or family members and exercise your creative prowess.

𝟟. ℝ𝕖𝕧𝕚𝕖𝕨 𝕒𝕟𝕕 𝕆𝕣𝕘𝕒𝕟𝕚𝕫𝕖 𝕪𝕠𝕦𝕣 𝕡𝕖𝕣𝕤𝕠𝕟𝕒𝕝 𝕗𝕚𝕟𝕒𝕟𝕔𝕖:

Use mobile applications like MINT and WAVE to track your spending, bills, account, and budget all in one spot.

𝟠. 𝕊𝕒𝕗𝕖𝕘𝕦𝕒𝕣𝕕 𝕪𝕠𝕦𝕣 𝕄𝕖𝕟𝕥𝕒𝕝 ℍ𝕖𝕒𝕝𝕥𝕙:

Although social gatherings are restricted at the moment, you don’t have to be lonely. Talk with loved ones or therapists if the lockdown is though on you.

Mobile apps like Hapiffy and Talkspace are examples of self-help apps for emotional well being.

𝟡. 𝕊𝕥𝕒𝕪 𝕒𝕥 𝕙𝕠𝕞𝕖 𝕒𝕟𝕕 𝕨𝕠𝕣𝕜 𝕠𝕦𝕥:

Download fitness apps like Home workout, Fitify, Google fit, etc., to ensure you maintain a healthy body and lifestyle during this lockdown.

𝟙𝟘. 𝔾𝕖𝕥 𝕒 ℝ𝕖𝕞𝕠𝕥𝕖 𝕛𝕠𝕓:

You can earn money from the comfort of your room by registering and bidding for jobs that align with your competences and skills.

Explore platforms like; hubstaff.com, nodesk.co, admirablepro.com, remoteml.com, stackoverflow.com, and outschool.com.

Put your expertise to good use and earn good dollars, thank me later.

𝟙𝟙. 𝕃𝕖𝕒𝕣𝕟 𝔻𝕚𝕘𝕚𝕥𝕒𝕝 𝕤𝕜𝕚𝕝𝕝𝕤:

One lesson COVID 19 has clearly emphasized is that, the future of jobs, academics, churches, and sales will greatly hinge on digital tools. You have no room for excuses anymore, you must learn or become obsolete.

Online learning platforms like google digital skills, ibm digital, future learn, Udemy, Edx, etc will quickly cure your ignorance and furnish your existing knowledge if you commit to learning.

𝟙𝟚. 𝕊𝕥𝕒𝕣𝕥 𝕒 𝕓𝕝𝕠𝕘:

Everyone is hurt due to the number of lives that COVID 19 have cut short, there seems to be no good news anywhere.

However, you can tell your stories, it could inspire someone maybe two and give assurances that there is still hope after all.

A good place to tell your stories is on a blog. WordPress is the favourite platform among bloggers, it is easy and quite simple to use.

𝟙𝟛. 𝕃𝕖𝕒𝕣𝕟 𝕒 𝕟𝕖𝕨 𝕤𝕜𝕚𝕝𝕝:

One of the best ways to leverage spare time is to learn new skills. I cannot overemphasize the power of a skilled mind and hand.

World Economic Forum named complex problem solving, critical thinking and creativity as 3 top skills to learn in 2020.

No matter your role or choice of career you can definitely profit from these 3 top skills.

If you’d like a few resources that can teach you a specific skill you desire, mention it in the comment section and I’ll respond with suitable recommendations.

𝟙𝟜. 𝔸𝕡𝕡𝕝𝕪 𝕗𝕠𝕣 𝕥𝕙𝕒𝕥 𝕊𝕔𝕙𝕠𝕝𝕒𝕣𝕤𝕙𝕚𝕡:

The only way to win scholarships is to apply. Scholarship will help to finance your studies and enables you to fully concentrate on getting your degree instead of worrying about money issues.

With good motives and a healthy self esteem, you can always pull through. Get all necessary documents like your academic statement of result, language certificates, motivation letter, etc.

Follow opportunitydesk.org to find scholarship opportunities that interest you.

𝟙𝟝. 𝕃𝕖𝕒𝕣𝕟 𝕙𝕠𝕨 𝕥𝕠 𝕔𝕠𝕠𝕜 𝕒 𝕟𝕖𝕨 𝕞𝕖𝕒𝕝:

Bring innovation in your cooking techniques by learning how to cook new dishes from self-help blogs or DIY videos on YouTube.

Trying new things can unlock the mind and turn out to be a potential source of happiness perhaps even income.

​If you want to learn how to cook international cuisines and don’t know where to start, try goodtoknow.co.uk or just google it yourself.

I promised to curate a list of 30 tips in my previous post, however, I chose to roll out these 15 suggestions first and watch if you’ll take actions and give encouraging feedback.

While the lockdown persists we can definitely focus on the positives only and reinvest our time on these productive suggestions rather than getting drown in fear, anxiety, and noting ness. It never hurts to learn more. So, make use of this free time productively.

Please share with friends if you find this list helpful.

-Samuel Uwagwu.