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How to Stay Productive During the Coronavirus Panic

I'm going to take a brief break from writing about JavaScript to address a more serious topic. It's h
How to Stay Productive During the Coronavirus Panic
By Mastering JS Weekly • Issue #25 • View online
I’m going to take a brief break from writing about JavaScript to address a more serious topic. It’s hard to stay focused on your craft when it seems like the world is falling down around your ears. But this is also a great opportunity - if you’re still working hard to make yourself better, you’ll be way ahead of someone that let fear get to them in a few weeks.
Take a moment to reflect on some timeless wisdom from the movie Chasing Mavericks:

Fear can be productive, panic can't.
Fear can be productive, panic can't.
Minimize News Consumption
It seems like everyone is glued to the news these days. But, in the era of clickbait, news is more about getting you emotionally riled up than informing you. Read enough to stay informed, but avoid diving into the rabbit hole of op-eds and social media debates. You’ll just burn yourself out emotionally, and the only thing you’ll accomplish is adding a few fractions of a cent to Facebook and CNN’s ad revenues.
Stick to a Routine
Working from home has the extraordinary benefit of giving you control over your day-to-day. You can wake up, work, exercise, and eat whenever you want to, free from the socially enforced norms of the office.
But, with great power comes great responsibility. Make sure you define boundaries, both with yourself and those closest to you. Pick the time of day when you’re most productive, and get your 1-2 hours of productive work in during the day at minimum. Make that as fundamental to your routine as brushing your teeth.
TLDR; program your life, or it will program you.
Invest in Improving Your Life
The US stock market, bond market, and real estate market are all struggling. And with the current shutdown, odds are you won’t be missing out on a lot of capital gains anytime soon. I’ve deleted all trading apps from my phone (another way of minimizing news consumption) and cancelled all my recurring deposits into brokerage accounts.
Instead, in addition to putting money in savings accounts, I pulled the trigger on a few purchases that I’ve been holding off on: Bowflex dumbbells and other home gym equipment; several books on sales and copywriting; and a new mattress pad. For the next few months, I think spending on tools and knowledge to improve your life will have the best return.
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