Keeping the tempo high during lockdown

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“Once, Lord Indra got upset with farmers; he announced there will be no rain for 12 years & you won’t be able to produce crops. Farmers begged for clemency from Indra, who then said, Rain will be possible only if Lord Shiva plays his Damru. But he secretly requested Lord Shiva not to agree to these farmers & the same when farmers reached Lord Shiva he repeated the same thing that he will play Damru after 12 years. Disappointed farmers decided to wait till 12 years. But one farmer regularly was digging, treating & putting manure in the soil & sowing the seeds even with no crop emerging. Other farmers were making fun of that farmer. After three years, all farmers asked that farmer why are you wasting your time and energy when you know that rains will not come before 12 years. He replied, “I know that crop won’t come out, but I am doing it as a matter of “practice.” After 12 years, I will forget the process of growing crops and working in the field, so I must keep it doing so that I am fit to produce the crop the moment there is rain after 12 years.” Hearing his argument Goddess Parvati praised his version before Lord Shiva & said: “You may also forget playing the Damru after 12 years!” The innocent Lord Shiva in his anxiety just tried to play the Damru, to check if he could and hearing the sound of Damru there was rain and the farmer who was regularly working in the field got his crop emerged immediately while others were disappointed. It is the practice that keeps on making you perfect. We become even diseased or old just because we don’t practice. The practice is the essence of quality survival. So, let lockdown lift after two weeks, 2 months or 2 years. Whatever trade or profession we are in, keep sharpening our skills, practice with what we have, upgrade our knowledge. Don’t wait for rain, that is the lockdown to be lifted and then start something‚Ķ focus on your skills today, upskill your self so that you are ready to meet the challenges.” This is a tweet by Rajyasabha MP Subramamanyam Swami. The reason behind this story being here is to strengthen you mentally.

I am Abhijit Sahoo from Bhubaneswar. I have successfully completed my MBA from MDI MURSHIDABAD this year and was supposed to join in an ed-tech company in April. And I don’t want to write about what happened next because that’s maybe a reason I am writing this article. The purpose of my life has been crystal clear from a very young age. I always try to stay happy rather than live in a mirage of the materialistic world. So I focus on little yet effective things to accomplish the bigger aim of my life, like stepping stones. So I keep doing little things that will make me one step closer towards my goal. However, this is not so easy amidst the lockdown caused by COVID-19. I am going to share my experience so far. Let’s check out how I am keeping myself engaged in this “Seems never gonna end” situation.

Here are the ten methods I follow daily to live a simple lifestyle so that I can earn more respect than money and live a happy and peaceful life:

a. Don’t Show Off
b. Talk Less
c. Learn Daily
d. Help Less Fortunate
e. Laugh more
f. Ignore Nonsense
g. Spend some time alone & Introspect
h. Be kind
i. Spend some time with parents
j. Read & Write something

Things I Am Doing During This Lockdown

  1. Learn A New Language
    Experts say learning a new language helps to enhance your memory power. It is fun and helps you to shift your mind from worries and anxieties. You can download “Duolingo” and start learning the language you want. I have started with “Spanish.”
  2. Musical Instrument
    Try to learn a musical instrument. It will reduce your stress, add value to your personality. I have started with “Guitar.” If you can’t buy a new instrument, that’s ok. You can buy second hand or borrow from someone.
  3. Watch Tedtalks
    I have been watching Tedtalks since 2018. I am not saying more; you can watch 1-2 videos per day. It will definitely make you a better communicator. Apart from that, it will enhance your knowledge.
  4. Reading Books
    It is one of the best addictions one can ever have. I started with the famous book “Rich Dad Poor Dad” by Robert T. Kiyosaki. I started reading 10-15 pages a day and gradually increasing it. Reading books makes you patient, sharpen your knowledge, improve your vocabulary skills, and raise your decision making power. I have two more books on my wish list. They are “7 Habits of Highly Influencing People” and “Think And Grow Rich”
  5. Take Online Courses
    As an MBA grad, I always work on gaining knowledge. Coursera and Udemy are some best sources from where you can take online courses. It will add value to your professional life. I have done “data Analytics” “Decision making with advanced excel and Tableau” and gained some knowledge in that field.
  6. Develop A New Hobby Like Photography or Painting
    It’s not necessary to buy a DSLR. You can start with your smartphone also. Start doing a painting. It will be absolutely ok if it doesn’t look right. Start a new thing, anything that you have never tried before.
  7. Spend Some Quality Time With Family
    Probably, you won’t get this much time to spend with your family in your entire life. Sit with them, help them in household activities, play Ludo or any indoor games with them. Try your hand in the kitchen also, and you never know you may find a brilliant cook inside you. I tried “Besan Ladoo” for the first time in my life, and trust me, it was good.
  8. Work On Writing Skills & Communication Skills
    Writing is considered the best medium to express your feelings. You can start from your own blog, poetry, article on different platforms like blogger, WordPress, etc. I have been working as a part-time article writer in a company since September 2019. Another important thing is communication. It is like oxygen, without which you can’t survive in corporate life. Listen, great speakers, talk with your friends in English and practice. The more you practice, the better you become. So I utilize my extra time to sharpen my writing and communication skills. I have written some poetry as well.
  9. Build A Strong Linkedin Profile
    Believe it or not, 90 % of HR professionals nowadays check your Linkedin profile. So write an interactive summary, put a good profile picture, and mention add all the credentials. Apart from that, start writing your thoughts on critical decisions taken by companies, their strategies, mergers, and acquisitions, etc.
  10. Exercise, Yoga & Meditation
    Mental and physical health are simultaneously necessary. Try to wake up early in the morning, do meditate, 30 mins work out followed by a healthy diet. This will help you reduce your body fat and live a better life. Additionally, do watch a web series of your favorite genre and listen to some songs that can give solace to your brain.

One thing I want to mention we often hear, “Whatever happens is for good.” I was not a believer in that phrase until it happened with me. Due to lockdown, my joining got delayed. So I applied to other companies for better opportunities and guess what!? I got a better offer than the previous company. And my father has a fabrication business which he had to shut down due to debt and labor problem. After that, he started a grocery shop. I can’t imagine if he were in that business, we would have faced financial challenges in this pandemic. Maybe we wouldn’t be able to pay house rent or buy food. Luckily, grocery shops come under essential commodities and hence are open as per government guidelines. So I have to convince my inner me to admit that whatever happens is for good.

My Thoughts on Lockdown: When the government initially announced Lockdown, people were confused. They tried to move out from home, break the rules, and don’t use masks and sanitizers. Police had to apply force to make people understand and stay home. Gradually they started realizing the dangerous consequences if rules are not followed. Well, the vaccine will probably come in September or October! So shall the government extend the lockdown period till then? Hell No!! Arvind Kejriwal, CM of New Delhi, in a press conference told that if the center govt. is waiting for zero cases, then it won’t be possible until the vaccine invention. He also mentioned that the previous year, Delhi govt. received revenue of 3500 crores, and this year, it got 300 crores only. The suffocated economy may die completely if this continues. On the one hand, to run the economy, shops need to remain open, but here comes the threat of spreading of COVID -19. In this dilemma, I want to say the government should relax the orders and let the shops and offices usually function under certain restrictions. And we need to stay with the utmost precautions with Corona Virus in this society. I know there will be some increasing number of cases. But we should make our hospitals and medical professionals ready to fight with that. Let’s help each other and fight with the Coronavirus togetherly. Moreover, I appreciate all the frontline heroes ( medical practitioners, police, and delivery boys) to help us by taking their lives at stake.

My Thoughts on COVID -19: For those who don’t know, it stands for Chinese Originated Virus In December 2019. The virus has already spread more than 200 countries. It is a respiratory virus that spreads primarily through direct contact and droplets generated when an infected person coughs or sneezes or through droplets of saliva or discharge from the nose. Whenever a pandemic comes, people die. All we can do is to follow the guidelines and rules to protect ourselves as well as others. I don’t want to repeat those that you have been watching on TV and listening over phones for a while. There are many lawsuits filed against China to create this virus deliberately. But the arguments didn’t have a solid base. If China is found guilty, I don’t know what will be the consequences of that, but it will surely lose all the trade licenses, relationships, and UN status, and many more. The whole world is trying to find the vaccines, and it will take some time. Till then, take care of yourself. Stay home. Stay safe.

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