Year Of The Bat - End For The New Beginning.

Because, There Is Life After Corona.

But right now, Quarantine and chill.

Many people are talking about coronavirus like it's the end of the world. Well for some people it can be like I am quarantined with my husband for 2 weeks and if I die, it wasn't the virus.

It's frustrating that so many people complain they wish they could sleep in, stay home, relax, catch up on much-needed rest and yet when they get told to do just that they suddenly don't want to do it.

I see people still going out and doing things when they know they should be home. What's more important than your and other's health? Oh, booze, sex, and partying? Right, [sigh] YOLO.

The world is not coming to an end. Stop talking about the corona, for a moment. We are gonna figure that out. We've done it before.

We are overcomers and survivors.

We are faced with new norms and a new reality.
It might feel far away, and it might take a lot of time, but one day the lockdowns will end.

Life, in general, that is. The other side of the curve will introduce us to yet another new normal, but nothing out of the ordinary. Most of us will resume what we had considered life, as usual, much of that life being dictated, as ever, by our politics and our social media.

But The difference is,  some of us will have learned a valuable lesson or two, some of us will have not.

Everything has a before and an after, and this is it.

You sit yourself down for a lecture. Calm down. Get it together. Step up. Don't sweat the small stuff. Manage your emotions. Be the role model the family needs you to be.

But how? How are you supposed to be a Higher Level Human when chaos rages all around — and it's going to stay that way for weeks?

There's never been a greater time in human history to create change

With technology, connectivity, and now the massive disruption to the status quo, we each have an incredible opportunity to fill gaps and lead.

Newton developed calculus and discovered gravity in quarantine. Edvard Munch painted after contracting the deadly Spanish Flu. Mandela and Gandhi both wrote classics while in prison.

I don't know about you guys, but I am two weeks working from home and I am already losing my mind.

Here are some things we can do based on what we know today and where things are going.

If you can't go out, you can always go within

There's an endless journey as wide as our planet you can explore within if you dare. It's a great time to pause long enough to notice where we're hiding and discover what we've been avoiding.

Lean into remote work

Learn how to communicate digitally when there are more noise and less body language. How might you 10x what you're doing if you weren't commuting and confined to the same physical space every day?

Build new routines

Since nothing is normal now, why not build out a new normal? Routines always win in the long run.

Learn something deeply

No one can stop you from this one. Develop skill humanity will need on the other side of this.

Redesign your life for resiliency

Be less strung out and create breathing room in your life. What margins are you able to make so you're able to bend when the wind is blowing down hard? If you lead an organization how might you shift towards flexible cross-functional teams to meet the demands of a more volatile future?

Make something

While everyone else is stocking up on toilet paper and refreshing the news, build something you think ought to exist in the world. It could be something tiny and beautiful or something that springboards us into the next economy.

Take a crack at climate change

This one might seem daunting, but if preventative measures are becoming the rage, maybe there's a door opening for you to help us step through.

Replace most meetings with a clear and succinct email. Most people don't need another meeting.

Give generously

Business is slowing and sales are down for most in our current conditions. Why not use this time for caring, brand building, and being outrageously kind? Invest in people and organizations you believe in.

But I also think the way we work Industry-wise will change

IT industry and leaders

IT industry and leaders will start thinking to work from home as a more secure way to work and reduce some of the risks involved in social gathering even for work or professional purposes. It's bullshit to commute for two hours to and fro for such work which can be done from home.

This will help the industry to minimize the variable operating cost of the company.

SaaS-based products that enable Productivity, Collaboration and Time/Resource Management can see a sudden surge in their user adoption rate. Creative minds may come up with some of the innovative products and concepts to empower business leaders and individuals.

The manufacturing industry

The manufacturing industry will lean more towards automation and even small scale manufacturers will try to implement some of the techs enabled engineering solutions which will help them to continue their factory production remotely.

Some people (who envy our profession as we are busy during this lockdown period — WFH) having some fancy mobile apps installed on their mobile or simply by sending some voice commands to conversational devices similar to Google Home or Alexa and controlling their factory production and various other activities remotely. It can be a new normal. People will resist change of course because it is way out of their comfort zone but surely this will be the new normal after COVID 19.

Education Domains

Education Domains have already seen a major shift due to the internet. We all can learn new topics remotely from platforms like Udemy, Unacademy and so on.

Most of the schools are already shifting and trying to adopt WFH mode for their teachers and SFH for students. Like for example, NH Goel is doing an amazing job to keep students sane during this lockdown. Kudos to them.

E-learning services will evolve to the next level and will try to build more seamless, realistic learning with the help of immersive experiences like AR and VR. ( Brace yourself)

But on the personal level it has also taught us many different things to like:

  • We all now know that managing within limited means saved us during lockdown periods and the economic crisis that followed thereafter. This crisis should begin the new era of the Minimalist lifestyle. You don't need new clothes for every new event in your life.
  • We all now know that most of us have nothing else to do if we are locked down for a few days. The irony is living with the self and family has become a boring part of life.
    We all now know how 'me' time, family time, and doing what we like to do are the total of what we call life.
  • We all now know how fragile is the life that we take it for granted and postpone to live some other day.

Should all these learnings make us live differently than how we used to live when we celebrated the new year 2020? If the answer is Yes, then the next question is How?

Because I read this Tim Fargo quote somewhere and it kind of stuck in my mind :
"Who you are tomorrow begins with what you do today".

Some of the best parenting advice I ever received was: "When it rains, play in the rain". There are ways of making the best out of any situation, this one included. We have a unique opportunity here: We can make the COVID-19 crisis into a moment that will live vividly in our kids' memories so that in other times of uncertainty they'll recall fondly how their family pulled together and made the best of things, and they'll be able to do the same.

One day and I hope it's soon, we'll all be looking in our rearview mirrors at the COVID-19 pandemic. We'll wipe a single tear from our eye, fondly remembering social distancing, homemade food and so on. Even if we're trying to laugh about it right now, we can take comfort in the fact that someday, this will all just be a moment in history.

I just can't wait to do these little things but also all the other little things that we forget sometimes to appreciate because we are so focused on our phone, on our problems or the problems of other people around us. Because all this teaches me how to focus on myself again and appreciate what it is to feel free, feeling grateful to live in a country where I can do all these little things without any fear or anxiety.

The coronavirus pandemic is testing us as nothing ever has before. But it's also giving us a chance to rethink our priorities, how we live and love, and seek out ways to create our most authentic life.

Let's flirt and fall for each other over Facetime until we can finally meet after all this chaos.

The question isn't whether we'll get through it, rather it's who will we become on the other side?

The COVID-19 global pandemic is proof of our interdependence. Each of us leaves a ripple into the lives of those around us. What we do in the days ahead matters.

Every economic shock leaves a legacy. What will yours be? Let us know in the comments.


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