How to make WFH/Staying at Home Productive & Interesting?



All those who are reading this are by now aware of the #COVID19 crisis. It\’s actually unbelievable to witness live the fictitious scenario\’s of few of the Hollywood movies, come true.

\”The world is effected by an unbeatable disease and there is one common purpose for all – survival. Interesting. Never before in history, has the entire human race focused on a single cause. This is HISTORY.\”

With no solution to the problem, the only safety measure we can take is #SocialDistancing. Simply speaking, staying away from people as much as possible and specially any form of maintaining physical contact. Not cool for a change. But the only way to do that is to isolate oneself at home. #StayHome, #StaySafe.

Work From Home

So we are in a WFH scenario for don\’t know till when. While most of us may love WFH for a day or two, but gradually all of us would love to be back with normal day routine (I believe so). This happens majorly because after a couple of days we are out of things to do which we thought we would do when we have time in life. And that never comes. Interestingly, NOW is the time.

While I encourage you to focus on your regular work and complete all your assignments on deadline, I also request you to list down things that you wanted to do, listen, learn since past couple of years/months.

I am planning to do the same for myself. But as soon as I planned, I thought why not to remind my team about it too (Not that they must not have thought about it, but a push always helps 🙂 ). Pardon me not mentioning all the names as I am still not closely involved with many of the new joinees (You are free to pick any point if useful for you). Here we go:

Creating own Blog Page (Agnani, Chaitali …):

Many among us have been waiting to create their blog pages. This is the right time. I tried this for myself a couple of weeks back and was able to create entire set up in less than 24 hours. I did that on Wix and it cost me less than INR 1,000 for domain, hosting and membership. Pretty cheap considering the platform which I am getting. If interested, ping me personally, I shall guide.

Reading Books (Ayesha, Jyoti, Surbhi…):

Reading a luxury which only few can afford. Now is the time. And incase you don\’t have any books (which is highly unlikely considering the literacy among us), here are a few books which I have on laptop and can share with you:

  • Option Trading Strategies
  • Stay Hungry, Stay Foolish
  • Steve Jobs
  • The Intelligent Investor
  • The Polyester Prince
  • Tough Times Never Last, Tough People Do (highly recommended)

Message personally and I shall be happy to share 🙂

Watching (Most of us..):

This one is favourite of all. And no matter, how much we do, we seldom get tired of it. Be it movies, web series, or YouTube. It\’s endless. But what I target to watch are one among three things:
a) It\’s about love. b) It\’s about courage/business. c) It\’s pure fun.

Prefer keeping it clean and simple here. Make it productive (which ever way it be – intelligence or happiness).
I would like to share some of my favourites and would love to listen from your side too.

Here it goes: Movies

  • Pursuit of Happiness
  • Life is Beautiful
  • If Only
  • Imitation Game
  • Wolf of Wallstreet (both)
  • Moneyball
  • Margin Call
  • Beautiful Mind
  • Shutter Island
  • Social Network
  • The Big Short
  • Serendipity
  • 50 First Dates
  • The Girl Next Door
  • Troy
  • Gladiator
  • 300
  • Blood Diamond
  • Mr and Mrs Smith
  • Inception
  • Rocket Singh (Hindi)
  • Iqbal (Hindi)

Web Series:

  • Friends
  • Game of Thrones
  • Big Bang Theory
  • How I Met You Mother
  • Sherlock Homes
  • Sacred Games (Season 1)
  • Shark Tank

Last but not the least, TED Talks of all sort.
Feel free to share your list as well.

Digital Marketing (Tannu, Somali …):

For all the digital marketing enthusiasts, I believe this is the right time to explore various platforms. Be it Natural Reader for Somali or Google Ads for Tannu. You can even complete small certification courses from Google. These just take 5-6 hours and you get one year certification on search engine or display engine etc. You can even explore understanding advanced level of google ads/analytics.

Here is the link :

Online Courses (Anindita, Anwesha…)

For long I have been discussing with Anindita about Excel courses. Anwesha – you were always keen on learning new courses. You can now try our hands. I believe you have your blog page. Learn how to promote it, link it to google analytics, how to make increase subscriber for your YouTube page (believe you have one).

Plans for Future (for all):

All of us need time to plan our future. What to study, what to learn, where to learn from etc. Endless questions. Time to list them down, think, google on how can we plan things. Basically planning. Get your diary\’s out and start making notes.

While there are many other activities too which can be done while staying at home (Cooking, Music etc), all I would like to remind you is that in our regular life, we keep complaining about the lack of time. Right now, you may have that. Use that wisely. Don\’t Waste.

\”What you do in your leisure, defines you.\”

If there is anything where I can help or any place where my suggestions are needed, feel free to call and discuss. Right now, we can discuss things at length 🙂

Lastly, a firm request to all – try to avoid what\’s app or news except for professional use. All you can do now is stay home and you are doing that. So keep smiling, spend your time wisely and most importantly, dont panic.

\”You can\’t do anything now, except staying at home\”

We have all heard about \”Ignorance is bliss.\” This is the time. You already know what is required, you are doing what is required, now just hope and pray. Thats all.

God bless all.

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