Corona Virus Checklist

Justin's List of 7 Positive Things to Do During the Current Pandemic

Since nobody knows how long this pandemic will last, I thought I would put together a short list of activities that will help keep your sanity during this unprecedented time of uncertainty.

Some of these items I've started in my real life, and some are things I intend to do over the next few weeks.

As with any link on my site, I may earn commission off of links below, and have to disclose this. Without further ado, hopefully this will help you too!

Official link (CDC): Latest Corona Virus News and What You Need to Know

Woman wearing protective mask for Corona Virus

1. Call and Video Chat Your Family/Friends

Video Conferencing while at home

In this age of technology, there's plenty of ways to communicate with your friends and/or loved ones. My wife and I have been using two different apps on iOS to do just this.

For group gatherings, many are turning to Zoom or Facetime by Apple. Zoom allows up to 100 video participants (not that many of us will go that big), and Facetime allows up to 32 people to chat simultaneously.


2. Start a LEGO project.

LEGO Dream Treehouse

When is the last time you sat and did something like this? Having just finished my first large LEGO project since I was probably about 10 years old, I must say.. it was a super fun experience! Not only was it relaxing, but I came away super impressed by the quality and complexity of the pieces.

Since there are a countless number of different LEGO projects to choose from, I discovered that there are a couple popular series' that are more challenging - the Ideas and Technic lineups.

These types of LEGO sets involved thousands of pieces.

Obviously, the project size and length of time it takes will vary, but I promise you'll enjoy the throwback memories, or simply enjoy the fun.

Up for the challenge? Have one delivered to your door. View the Advanced LEGO projects on Amazon, or attempt the same one I am building, the LEGO Dream Treehouse.


3. Up Your Coffee Game

Now that your favorite coffee shop is likely closed, now is a great chance to learn how to make your own latte, cappuccino, or delicious coffee at home.

Personally, I have never learned how to make anything but a basic cup of coffee, so I decided to donate my Mr. Coffee maker (which, hey, does the trick for basic coffee). But, I haven't looked back. For more reasons than one, I have decided on a new Ninja coffee machine. This thing rocks!

Ninja Coffee Maker with Built-in Frother

What I love so far about this coffee maker is the attention to detail on its design. Its parts are solid and well-built, and it doesn't feel like its cheap plastic. It's also easy to clean, and includes its own built-in frother on the back for more fancy coffee drinks, makes this a great upgrade around the house for anybody who enjoys coffee.

Plus, the more you use it, the more money you'll save!


4. Learn a New Skill

With websites like Lynda or Masterclass, learning a new skillset or talent couldn't be easier. And, truthfully, it's less expensive than ever.

To All Parents: If you have children, then it may be a smart way for them to learn a new skillset while they're waiting for schools to return. Or, if you are in college or a bit older, then why not master Excel

Afterall, this is how I learned how to code the text you're reading right now!

Lynda Popular Courses Online
Top courses listed for web developers at Lynda.com

Some of the popular web development courses are listed above. However, you can learn skills ranging from business marketing, illustrating, graphic design, and much more.


5. Listen to an Inspirational Podcast

If you haven't listened to a Podcast before, then now may be a great time to start. Podcasts are on the rise in both popularity and wide-ranging content.

The list is nearly endless, but a few of my favorites are:

How I Built This: Tells the stories behind some of the world's best known companies. It weaves a narrative journey about innovators, entrepreneurs and idealists - and the movements they built.

CoronaVirus: Fact vs. Fiction: CNN Chief Medical Correspondent Dr. Sanjay Gupta speaks with experts and gives you all the information you need to stay safe and healthy with the Corona Virus situation.

To Live and Die in LA: Listen to the incredible story about an aspiring actress, who vanished in February 2018 from her Hollywood apartment. It goes over the full investigation, and will keep you enthralled throughout the story.

If you don't know how to listen to a podcast, then here is a step-by-step guide to get you started.


6. Tackle a Difficult Puzzle

Some of you may have lots of time on your hands these days, so why not try out a puzzle, either as a solo project or as a family?

I've found that most 1,000 piece puzzles take 2-people about 3-5 days to complete. Obviously, this can vary greatly, depending on the puzzle itself. But, for most adult jigsaw puzzles found on Amazon, this can mean a lot of entertainment for $20-$30+.


Wooden Marble Puzzle Building

Escher Belvedere 1,000-piece Puzzle

LRRH Rainbow Palette Puzzle

7. Jump Into an Exercise Routine

Whether you want to include technology or not, either way you likely have more time to start a healthier lifestyle.

Start Jogging: Probably the simplest method if you're starting from scratch like I am. Here is a helpful beginnner's guide to running, although there are countless jogging calendars online to choose from.

Home Pelatis: If you are a regular in Pilates, or have always wished to try it, there are a plethora of options available on Amazon that range from $300+. Check out the most popular AeroPilates machines. My wife just bought one around Christmas of last year, and she loves it. I plan on giving it a try immediately after writing this article:)

Full Body Workout: If you are wanting to get in better physical shape or build muscle, here is a weekly exercise guide I found online to get started.


Summary

With extra time on your hands, why not try something new? I am hoping this list inspires some of you to take on a new project, or learn a new skill.

Although this Corona Virus may set many of us back in our lives, hopefully you take the time to make a positive impact on your life. As this month progresses, I will continue to add to this list.