Living in times of COVID-19, or How to Survive the Quarantine.

Living in times of COVID-19, or How to Survive the Quarantine.

It was the best of times, it was the worst of times,
it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness…”

Photo by Chris Barbalis on Unsplash

Never before the words from Charles Dickens’s novel: “A Tale of Two Cities” seem more current than ever.

We are in front of one of the most devastating and frightening situations. When we thought we had everything to live a long and healthy life, the COVID-19 hit us as hard as a bullet train.

Our family, health, work, and relations are in danger. We abused the natural resources as if we were almighty, and nothing could affect us, we were even planning to travel to Mars in this decade. But it took a microscopic virus to confront us with the fact that we are not as powerful, healthy, wealthy, and prepared to fight it as we thought.

Our wish for having more time to spend with our family became true, after a few days at home, some of us are losing our minds.

Our first thought is to keep a close watch on the news, and we watch all major network news, and internet sites, searching for information; then we started to see all those TV series we’ve planned. Now we feel remorseful, and want to use this time in our favor, but how can we do it.

Here are ten ideas from bestselling authors that will help you cope with the quarantine.

1.- Take Control of Your Life.

We feel overwhelmed with this and try to find a way to beat the problem, without understanding that: “we can’t control the situation, but we can control our attitude towards.”

The first step is to recover your day, take charge of yourself, rehydrate, try to eat healthily, and avoid simple carbohydrates, replace all your bags of Doritos with some vegetables or fruit snacks. If you can’t go out to the sun, take some vitamin D supplements.

Now that you can’t go to the gym, try to exercise by improvising. Do cardio climbing stairs. If you don’t have a treadmill, then do Burpees, jump a rope, jumping jacks or try some kickboxing.

Make it fun, get in shape by organizing daily dancing sessions with your family, either in person or via Skype, Zoom or Facetime.

For more ideas about taking charge, you can read “Own the Day, Own Your Life” By Aubrey Marcus (448 Pages, 11 hrs 5 mins Audiobook)

For a quick view, you can go to www.My100BooksProject.com or to the summary published initially at https://medium.com on March 8, 2020.

2.- Improve Your Presentation Skills.

After the quarantine is over, you will have to go out and regain your customers or make some new ones, perhaps you might have to look for a new job, and that worries you.

Look at the bright side, now you have a perfect opportunity to sharpen your presentation skills, and prepare a winning salle pitch. Plan your speech as best as you can; you have all the time to do it.

First, think of WHY are you doing it, what do you want to obtain, then write a list of essential information about yourself, your product or your service, by answering these questions:
. What is it?
. How does it work?
. Are you sure about it?
. Can you do it?

Think of a direct message with no blah, blah, blah. Keep the main thing on sight. Prepare a 3-minute pitch, then practice at home with your wife and kids. In front of a mirror, and with your friends via the Internet.

For more ideas about creating an excellent pitch, read “The 3 minute Rule” By Brant Pinvidic (256 Pages, 5 hrs 15 mins Audiobook)

For a quick view, you can go to www.My100BooksProject.com or to the summary published initially at https://medium.com on March 21, 2020.

3.- Don’t Be Afraid to Try Something New.

Remember how many times you thought about starting a new business adventure or project at home, but you were afraid to ruin it?

Maybe this is a perfect time, try to plant that garden or fix the fence, how about the cabinet door that keeps opening, now you have the time and tools to fix it.

The best part is that if you don’t get it right the first time you can try once again.

So “DO IT” if you’re going to fail, then fail fast and fail often, but be sure to learn from your mistakes and do it better next time.

Plan a big project, and break it into little steps, remember your childhood dreams, and try to see the world as a child again and.

Now it is the best time to start a hobby, why not build a birdhouse, or organize your photos, you have many projects waiting for you.

For more ideas about learning from your mistakes, read “Fail Fast, Fail Often” (193 Pages)

For a quick view, you can go to www.My100BooksProject.com or to the summary published initially at https://medium.com on March 21, 2020.

4.- Start a New Online Business or Blog.

How many times did you tell yourself that if you had the time to research and start your own business, you would start that dream?

Perhaps you always wanted to write a blog or a book but never did. Now you have the time, and all the resources available at your hands, so start right now.

And while you’re doing it, why not think of a great name, for it. A name that everybody will remember and like, that brings a smile to their faces, and be memorable.

You now have the time to register the name on the internet. So, there you have it, this could be a good project for the quarantine.

If you want more ideas on how to choose a great name, read “Hello, My Name is Awesome” By Alexandra Watkins. (98 Pages, 3 hrs 50 mins Audiobook)

For a quick view, you can go to www.My100BooksProject.com or to the summary published initially at https://medium.com on March 22, 2020.

5.- Work on Your Communication Skills.

You might be the most celebrated Keynote speaker, and perhaps Fortune 500 Companies pay you a ton of cash for it. But try working on your communication.

I’m talking about the most important connection you will have in all your life, the one that will help you make the biggest fans, and most fabulous friends, you guessed it. Why not have this chance to create a connection with your kids?

As parents, we love our children, but when we have to spend several days with them, suddenly those little and loveable things become creatures from outer space.

Remember when you were young and thought your parents didn’t understand you?

Now, as a parent, your kids won’t listen to you. We’ve all been there, and as your kid gets older, the gap and the problem seem more significant.

Well, I have a solution for you. Why not build a reliable communication with your toddler, child, or teen, now that you have the time with them?

Try some family project or diary about the experience you and your family are living in. Why not write a family play and then perform it on “Dress up Sunday” as a way to change the routine and bring you closer?

Establish some 3 to 4 minutes talking turns, where only one person speaks, and the rest listens. You can use a sand clock, or a kitchen timer to measure the time and respect each other, no one is more important. After the session is over, thank them and praise the effort.

For more ideas about communicating with your kids, read “How to Talk, So Kids Will Listen & Listen So Kids Will Talk.”

By Adele Faber and Elaine Mazlish (345 Pages, 3 hrs 18 mins Audiobook), you can also find the TODDLER or TEEN version.

For a quick view, you can go to www.My100BooksProject.com or to the summary published initially at https://medium.com on March 22, 2020.

6.- Strategize Your Comeback.

By the way, how are your new year’s resolutions?

We all had to postpone one or more goals we had for this year because of COVID-19. Some extraordinary events made us change our strategies, and now is the perfect time to address this situation and create a new plan.

You might have to go back to your planning board and review what do you want and how you are going to achieve it.

Some people say that the best time to have the map is before you enter the woods. And it has never been more critical to have a good and detail plan on how to strategize your comeback.

Remember your failures and use all that you learned from your mistakes before. Measure your successes, and plan where you want to be by the time the quarantine ends.

You know there are many things beyond your control, and you have to consider them in your new map. Think of all those danger zones that can be an obstacle for your goals, make a realistic plan and strategy.

Start looking on the internet, for people to be your mentors, get in touch with colleagues and school friends that you haven’t talked to in a long time. In other words, “Start Your Success Dream Team.”

Make a detailed plan with little steps to get you addicted to accomplish things and keep you motivated. And never lose sight of the reason why you are doing it.

For more information on how to build an achievable and goal-oriented plan, read “How to Change Your Mind” By Michael Pollan (480 Pages, 13 Hrs and 35 mins Audiobook)

For a quick view, you can go to www.My100BooksProject.com or to the summary published initially at https://medium.com on March 23, 2020.

7.- Learn the Japanese Secret to a Long and Happy Life.

Humans are social creatures, and we love to be around our friends and family, but now that we are socially distancing and staying home, it is easy to feel stressed, frustrated, angry, or nervous. It is our body’s reaction to a challenge or demand. We can even get depressed or ill.

But we can fight it back using an ancient Japanese secret that the people in a village called Ogimi in Okinawa, have taught for centuries.

It is called IKIAGI, a concept meaning “A reason for being.” In Ogimi, they are famous for the longevity of their people.

They live by the ten basic principles that teach how to stay active and take it easy, also to eat healthily and stay fit and the most important thing to be grateful, reconnect with nature Live the moment and SMILE. 😊

They explain that by following these rules, we can find our purpose in life or IKIAGI by analyzing:
. What you Love
. What you are Good at
. What the World Needs
. What you can make money.

These four points will show you: Your Passion, Mission, Profession, and Vocation. When you achieve balance in all four, you will find your IKIAGI.

It is a beautiful philosophy filled with wisdom, mindfulness, and peace; you can learn more about it by reading the book: “Ikiagi The Japanese Secret to a Long and Happy Life” By Hector Garcia and Francesc Miralles (208 Pages, 3 hrs 23 mins Audiobook).

For a quick view, you can go to www.My100BooksProject.com or to the summary published initially at https://medium.com on March 24, 2020.

8.- Work on Your Content to Unleash Your Influence.

Now that you have more time, and you are creating more content on your social networks. It is the best time for a quick marketing session and some improvements.

Learn the new strategies on how to market your product or service, how to make the best questions and attract more people.

Learn from your followers and store the information about what they want to see the end; how are you going to deliver.

Define your market and the people you want to attract, and make them like you, present yourself as clear as possible to them, so they feel connected.

Learn the secret on how to be consistent, review the reason why you are doing this and share as much as you can.

If you want more information about the “Me” vs. “You” markets or the best way to present and make more connection with your target customer, read “Top of Mind” By John Hall (208 Pages, 5 hrs 14 mins Audiobook)

For a quick view, you can go to www.My100BooksProject.com or to the summary published initially at https://medium.com on March 23, 2020.

9.- Stop Looking for Excuses or Permission.

It is the best time to look in your files for that project, or dream you’ve always wanted to start, but lack the time. Don’t look for more excuses or someone’s permission to do it.

Imagine all the things you would achieve if you turn all those “What ifs” into “Actions.”

The book you’ve always wanted to write, your dream blog, those cooking videos you want to film, now is the time and place to start.

Don’t do what others want or expect from you, do what “YOU” want, forget about feeling ashamed for following your dream, make a plan, and start right now.

Today you have the time, and you are more than capable of doing it. Just make some minor adjustments to your habits, and start the first idea; don’t worry, you have what it takes to succeed.

If you need training, go to the internet and look for it, try to read more about that topic you want to learn, use your time wisely, if you like Netflix or YouTube, look for the documentaries that will make you smarter, wiser and prepared for any challenge.

Start a new daily routine, and avoid waking up at noon, to look TV, reclaim your day,

You might be by yourself at home, but you are not alone.

Be Confident, Persistent, and Curious, and acquire some skills, start with planning, but the most important lesson you can get from this time is to “Believe in Your Self” and “Be Grateful for all the Blessings in Your Life.” Like Nike’s logo says, “Just Do It,” and please, Stop Apologizing.

If you want more information about following your dreams, read “Girl Stop Apologizing” By Rachel Hollis (216 Pages, 8 hrs 10 mins Audiobook)

For a quick view, you can go to www.My100BooksProject.com or to the summary published initially at https://medium.com on March 23, 2020.

10.- It is Not All About Luck.

Why me?, Why now? You can punish yourself or look for someone to blame, but in the end, it is not just plain luck; you are here because of the choices you made and the and for the actions that brought you here.

But don’t despair, instead of looking for guilt and excuses, see the bright side and look for opportunities.

Learn how to Be in the right place and the right time, search for what you want and start preparing to be sharp as a knife.

Take some risk and reach for people you admire and ask them for advice, and guidance, on the internet, or by learning about them. Learn from the best.

” The harder I work, the luckier I become.”

Samuel Goldwyn co-founder of MGM

. In the end, it all comes to never stop looking for opportunities and new ideas.

. Always be prepared and ready to make an effort.

. Rembert that most of the time, when you knock on the door of opportunity, it is work who answers.

. Be hungry for knowledge and foolish; always keep learning new things. |

For more information on how to turn your luck, read “Can You Learn to Be Lucky?” By Karla Star (228 Pages, 6 hrs 57 mins Audiobook)

For a quick view, you can go to www.My100BooksProject.com or to the summary published initially at https://medium.com on March 23, 2020.

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