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5 Ways (with Free Resources) to Stay Productive During the Coronavirus Outbreak

Shafeeka Hafeez
6 min readMar 27, 2020


I have no special talent. I am only passionately curious.
- Albert Einstein

I hope you and your loved ones are doing okay. These are difficult times — for some more than others — and from the outset, nothing much will change over the next couple of weeks. Or even months.

Since you’re reading this, I’m assuming you’re one of the lucky ones.

You have met your survival needs, and now you want to know what to do with all the free time.

Let me tell you this; free time is rare. Life before the outbreak was a whirlwind for me, and I’ve been constantly wishing I had more than 24 hours a day.

My wish has come true — in the most unlikely of ways.

But ever the optimist, I’ve made a conscious choice to focus on the bright side. And I think there is no better time to invest in knowledge reserves than right now.

So I’m going on a #NoExcusesLockdown. The goal of this is to make the most out of the lockdown — and lay all excuses to rest.

Are you with me? If yes, sneak a peak at the list of free resources I’ve compiled to help you get started.

1. Read, for free

Reading maketh a full man. Or a woman. Period.

Ever since I cultivated the habit of reading, with deliberate effort, my life has changed drastically. I’ve started thinking ahead of average folks; the group to which I had always belonged.

So if you aren’t a habitual reader, now is the time to change that — and ultimately your life.

Thankfully, many companies and even authors are offering free ebooks and resources to keep people occupied during the lockdown. You can now have your head buried in a screen and read until you drop!

  • Scribd, one of the world’s largest digital libraries of our time, took to social media to announce an incredible offer that had me screaming (literally).



Shafeeka Hafeez

I write about startups building a more sustainable world | #SolveDifferent