Your Coronavirus WFH Survival Guide

John LeFevre
5 min readMar 24, 2020
Credit: “RonaRig” courtesy of Instagram’s Levered Lloyd

Hopefully, most of us know the importance of staying safe and being considerate. But let’s not neglect our mental health, sanity, and the opportunity to use this time for personal enrichment. So here you go…

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It allows you to borrow someone else’s brain. It makes you smarter, richer intellectually, more interesting, and a better person. Here are The 100 Books Every Man Should Read, but my quarantine list includes: Billion Dollar Whale, Skin In The Game, The Man Who Solved The Market, in addition to re-reading Too Big To Fail and The Road.

Learn a game that isn’t Fortnite

Backgammon — the game of Pharaohs — is the greatest board game ever created. There are essentially an infinite number of outcomes. And when it comes to cards, I highly recommend the games our grandparents taught us: Hearts, Rummy and Spite & Malice. (A YouTube video explaining the rules can be found here.)

Exercise

Many personal trainers (currently deprived of income) are offering daily classes on YouTube, Facebook, and Instagram. Or keep it simple like me: 50 pushups, 50 sit ups, 50 dips, and 50 squats three times a day + 45 minutes of cardio in the evening. And stay off your bikes; emergency service and ER personnel are busy enough without worrying about fixing a broken arm.

Clean out your closet

By the time we get over this, spring will be in full swing, so start with your clearing out your winter wardrobe. More important, there are a number of worthy charities desperately in need of clothes — Dress for Success, Career Gear, The PTSD Foundation, among more-recognizable names like The Salvation Army and Goodwill.

Freshen up your wardrobe

It’s a great time to support smaller brands and e-commerce startups. Also, working from home gets boring; I reach the end of the internet by about 10am. So it’s a great time to shop online. Start with Brummell, and the neglected top drawer. (They’re also donating 25% of revenue to The Bail Project and The PTSD Foundation.) Now that we’re all more aware when it comes to germs, we should replace our basics with material that is anti-odor, anti-bacterial, and

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John LeFevre

Signed contracts with Goldman Sachs and Simon & Schuster, and paid lawyers more than I made. Author of STRAIGHT TO HELL (not about @gselevator or Goldman Sachs)