It is not easy to control your use of the Internet. The best thing you can do is to create something useful in the digital environment.
A book titled Digital Minimalism (2019) by Cal Newport is an example of media consumption control. Too much information and social media can ruin your concentration if you allow it to enslave your time.
Living is about making choices. The choices you have made determine your destiny.
Due to the 2020 pandemic (COVID-19 Disease ), most employees are required to work from home. This implies the use of digital technologies like notebook computers and software applications.
WFH (Working from home) requires goal setting and discipline.
However, WFH is not an easy task. You need to set your own goals and follow the routine steps and ‘rituals’. Besides, it is easier to wok in the office, you have air-conditioned rooms. WFH, sometimes, you have to work in the garden.
This is something new for not only employers, but also employees. I guess, it’s new for everybody. Every day is a new learning experience for all of us.
WFH requires that you know what you are doing, including your goals. Say, for example, you have set a goal to finish writing up the first draft of your paper. By 9 PM, you should get it done. It is you who is your own boss. You need to be able to work independently with accountability.
The New Normal has become a buzz word. We need to understand that it is not a new term, but a term reinstalled to signify a radical change in practice and belief. many say it is not a fad, but it is here to stay. New Normal is a term we use to refer to a return to normal practice with new things to do or believe. For example, the practice of wearing masks in public.
Let’s look at the meanings and use of the term ‘New Normal’.
New Normal = New Practice or “a new way of doing things”
Here is the explanation from Wikipedia:
New Normal is a term in business and economics that refers to financial conditions following the financial crisis of 2007-2008, the aftermath of the 2008–2012 global recession, and the COVID-19 pandemic.
A previously unfamiliar or atypical situation that has become standard, usual, or expected.
‘32% of Americans say spending less is the new normal, according to a recent poll’
‘Scientists say that this could be the new normal for Florida.’
The new normal lifestyle – back to normal but that normal has many new practices and beliefs.
Josie Cox from Forbes said: If something is new, can it really be considered totally normal?
The pandemic started in 2019 in Wuhan, China. Now, 2020 in May, it is a global pandemic, affecting the world citizens.
This is what we can learn from the world health body (WHO). In addition to others, here are the things that you can do to protect yourself and others from the spread COVID-19 (WHO).
Regularly and thoroughly clean your hands with an alcohol-based hand rub or wash them with soap and water. Why? Washing your hands with soap and water or using alcohol-based hand rub kills viruses that may be on your hands.
Maintain at least 1 metre (3 feet) distance between yourself and others. Why? When someone coughs, sneezes, or speaks they spray small liquid droplets from their nose or mouth which may contain virus. If you are too close, you can breathe in the droplets, including the COVID-19 virus if the person has the disease.
Avoid going to crowded places. Why? Where people come together in crowds, you are more likely to come into close contact with someone that has COIVD-19 and it is more difficult to maintain physical distance of 1 metre (3 feet).
Avoid touching eyes, nose and mouth. Why? Hands touch many surfaces and can pick up viruses. Once contaminated, hands can transfer the virus to your eyes, nose or mouth. From there, the virus can enter your body and infect you.
Make sure you, and the people around you, follow good respiratory hygiene. This means covering your mouth and nose with your bent elbow or tissue when you cough or sneeze. Then dispose of the used tissue immediately and wash your hands. Why? Droplets spread virus. By following good respiratory hygiene, you protect the people around you from viruses such as cold, flu and COVID-19. (Note: Wear masks?)
Stay home and self-isolate even with minor symptoms such as cough, headache, mild fever, until you recover. Have someone bring you supplies. If you need to leave your house, wear a mask to avoid infecting others. Why? Avoiding contact with others will protect them from possible COVID-19 and other viruses.
If you have a fever, cough and difficulty breathing, seek medical attention, but call by telephone in advance if possible and follow the directions of your local health authority. Why? National and local authorities will have the most up to date information on the situation in your area. Calling in advance will allow your health care provider to quickly direct you to the right health facility. This will also protect you and help prevent spread of viruses and other infections.
Keep up to date on the latest information from trusted sources, such as WHO or your local and national health authorities. Why? Local and national authorities are best placed to advise on what people in your area should be doing to protect themselves.