Home alone: maintaining productivity and coping with social distancing

Hello there!

(Friendly reminder to wash your hands!)

We know that the concept of social distancing is not novel to developers as we have been self-isolating before time :stuck_out_tongue_winking_eye:

The spread of the Coronavirus is the most serious global health security threat in decades. People may be sick with the virus for 1 to 14 days before developing symptoms. The most common symptoms of Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) are fever, tiredness, and dry cough. Most people (about 80%) recover from the disease without needing special treatment. There’s currently no vaccine to prevent Coronavirus Disease.

You can protect yourself and help prevent spreading the virus to others if you:

  • Wash your hands regularly for 20 seconds, with soap and water or alcohol-based hand rub;
  • Cover your nose and mouth with a disposable tissue or flexed elbow when you cough or sneeze;
  • Avoid close contact (1 meter or 3 feet) with people who are unwell;
  • Stay home, and self-isolate from others in the household if you feel unwell; and
  • Do not touch your eyes, nose, or mouth if your hands are not clean.

Many countries are imposing much-needed restrictions to slow the spread of the virus, and these restrictions are also causing unprecedented disruption. While it’s easy to glamourize a week or two of working remotely and abandoning all social commitments, the stark reality of social distancing can be a lot more complicated.

What can be done? Think about activities you can do from home. Consider goals you can achieve to use this time productively, such as learning a new skill, or reading about a new topic, or delving into a new language. Live-streamed classes and fitness apps mean it’s still possible to stay healthy and active at home, while other mental health and mindfulness apps work to reduce anxiety. Listening to music can also help boost your productivity within this period.

Here are some interesting articles you could read within this period:

We know it feels like the zombie apocalypse right now but while we wait for the storm to pass, you can read up on these programming predictions: https://medium.com/better-programming/2020-programming-trend-predictions-a5d6b70bec26

Staying productive as you work remotely is important. Here are five habits to avoid if you want to stay productive: https://towardsdatascience.com/5-bad-habits-of-absolutely-ineffective-programmers-e74b74add9ca

Optimizing productivity in self-isolation can be a challenge but these tools will certainly help you: https://medium.com/better-programming/6-must-have-tools-for-developers-430fd56933dd

As we grapple with the enormous scale and human impact of this pandemic, our community continues to support and learn from each other. I invite you to share your thoughts with the Saucecode community at https://saucecode.xyz

Don’t forget to wash your hands!