If there’s one thing that this crisis has shown us, it’s what people are actually made of. Truly, we’ve seen outstanding gestures of kindness and courage, but we’ve also seen psycopaths trying to make the most out of this crisis in the most horrific way possible by profiting off the misery of others. This is not what this article is about, just to be clear. The thoughts that you see in front of you are merely reflections from “IsolationVille” that are meant to inspire positivity, productivity and prosperity.

Indeed, the coronavirus and its socio-economic impact cannot be ignored. Millions have already lost their jobs following the global state of emergency and the situation seems more and more uncertain as weeks pass by with no cure in sight. The luckier people whose economic activity had already been online-based have mostly been spared unemployment or bankruptcy. Other categories found themselves isolated not only from their friends and family, but also from their career.

Be more productive and quit making excuses

Regardless of your own situation, lockdown doesn’t mean that life is put on pause. In fact, that’s the worst mistake you can make during this period. Poverty and/or lack of financial security can be incredibly effective motivators, in case that you didn’t notice. While others are mourning their jobs, some are working their butts off trying to pick themselves up.

Of course, even those ambitious people who are perfectly secure are wise enough to work even more during this pandemic. There are several reasons why it’s a good idea to do so, regardless of your situation.

Solitude is gold!

The first step to making the most out of this crisis is to stop seeing lockdown as an entirely bad thing. Stop feeling lonely and start appreciating solitude by cultivating your skills or learning something entirely new. Now that you have some much “you-time” on your hands, it would be a shame to waste it on sit-coms and YouTube binges.

A golden anecdote about gold

The second “trick” that you can pull on yourself to (paradoxically) help yourself see the truth about your time is to picture the time spent on productive habits as “golden”. Yes, the time you put into that side hustle or learning that new programming language is golden. And just like actual gold, its value is solid and safe in the long-term. Just like actual gold, its value will skyrocket when the crisis is over and the economy will be back on its tracks. That’s actually a fact-based prediction, as the value of gold following the Great Recession of 2008 did indeed skyrocket once the economy started to get back on its feet in 2010-2011.

Enjoy life!

Last but not least, don’t completely isolate yourself. And don’t complain about the Government “holding you captive in your home”. Get real about it. You can go outside and enjoy fresh air, a run in the park or even a visit to your friend and still be safe at the same time… unless you’re quarantined, of course.

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