Life long student of technology. Heads pre-sales & Product Management at an IOT Startup for a living
This lockdown has given us—the privileged few—a chance to read, pick up new habits, "upskill", etc., all by just being connected with the world virtually, like never before. We're all seeing people connecting with faraway family and friends through video conferencing, who had rarely reached out to each other in the pre-Covid-19 world.
During this period, I was reading a bit about habits and how do you automate it into routine. Came across multiple articles, books, podcasts etc. which talked about how fast you can develop something into a habit - right from the "21 day myth" to a study which says it takes on an average 66 days to pick up a new habit. But one study that really gave me a perspective was done a 2012 study that was published in the British Journal of General Practice.
Habits are defined as actions that are triggered automatically in response to contextual cues that have been associated with their performance.
Some of the examples provided included automatically washing hands (action) after using the toilet (contextual cue), or putting on a seatbelt (action) after getting into the car (contextual cue).
These examples got me thinking how will life be in a "Post-Covid19" world.
Some of the habits that, I guess most of us will pick up is, washing the hands with soap all the time, limit travel, do a lot stuff online, etc. So with that, I'm putting together my idea of how a typical day might look for most of us in a Post-Covid19 world.
I reckon some of these habits will be short-term, while some are here to stay (italicised text):
Well these are some of the habits that I think we may pick up during the lockdown and follow it in the post-covid-19 world. I'm not trivialising the ordeals of people during the lockdown, but see a possibility of how the world will change a bit post the ordeal as some of these habits are here to stay.
In my next article / post, I will try to put some of my thoughts on how major industry sectors might change their ways of working in a post-covid-19 world.
Let me know your speculations in the comments?