Laurent Thiebault
Laurent Thiebault

Laurent Thiebault

COVID-19: Lockdown, the perfect opportunity to use the time we offer you!

COVID-19: Lockdown, the perfect opportunity to use the time we offer you!

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Laurent Thiebault
ยทMar 22, 2020ยท

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Like certainly many of you, I am unfortunately confined for an indefinite period in order to reduce the spread of this terrible coronavirus.

Moreover, the project I'm working on at Decathlon has just gone into standby and so I now have before me a very rare resource to exploit: time.

In this article, I will therefore share with you my to do list for this confinement. Because yes, this is the perfect opportunity to do all the things that we usually reject due to lack of time!

I hope this will inspire you, I would be delighted to have your to do list in comments, we could improve this article together :-)

A lot of cool things to do! ๐Ÿ˜ƒ Let's wrap it in a Table Of Contents.

Table Of Contents

Reading ๐Ÿ“–

With the daily grind and the whole of the tasks to be carried out more priority, I always carried over a lot of book that I have to read. So here is my program:

Learning technologies ๐Ÿค“

This is the perfect time to advance my Trello board "Learn, learn, learn". Here is what technologies I have planned to learn:

  • TailwindCSS - A utility-first CSS framework for rapidly building custom designs.
  • rollup.js - A module bundler for JavaScript
  • PostCSS - A tool for transforming CSS with JavaScript
  • Figma - A collaborative design tool
  • Deno - A secure runtime for JavaScript and TypeScript
  • ES2020 - ECMAScriptยฎ 2020 Language Specification
  • Kubernetes - A Production-Grade Container Orchestration

Working on Open Source projects ๐Ÿ’ป

It's also the perfect time to move forward on open source projects that we love but that we never really have time to look into. Here are the projects I have planned to contribute during the confinement:

  • Code Notes - A simple code snippet & gist manager for developers built with Electron & Vue.js
  • Decathlon Open Source projects - GitHub Actions and projects for Sport & Tech lovers
  • Decathlon Open APIs - APIs for Sports, Sports Activities, Sports Places and many more!
  • Storybook - UI component dev & test: React, Vue, Angular, React Native, Ember, Web Components & more!

Improving my website ๐Ÿ–ฅ

I released a week ago my website created with React, Gatsby and deployed with Netlify. During this confinement I have planned to add my articles into my website

For this, I will use the DEV API (beta)

Improving productivity ๐Ÿš€

In order to bounce back even faster and be more efficient when I return to work, I will take this opportunity to look at lots of tips regarding productivity:

Improving my english ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง

In my personal development plan, I also plan to improve in English this year, so I will take the opportunity to do this during this confinement. For that, I will use:

  • Mosalingua - App for learning vocabulary with a Spaced Repetition System
  • TED talks - Ideas worth spreading

(Remote) family time ๐Ÿ‘จโ€๐Ÿ‘ฉโ€๐Ÿ‘งโ€๐Ÿ‘ฆ

Confinement is also a time to spend quality time with your family. Whether at home with my spouse or on video with my loved ones, this is my program:

Cooking ๐Ÿฐ

Not necessarily being very strong at the kitchen level, I will take the opportunity to make some recipes in my "Monsieur Cuisine Connect":

Gardening ๐Ÿƒ

March is perfect for working in the garden (if you have one). Here's what I plan to do: remove the weeds, mow the lawn & plant new flowers. What improve me too because I do not necessarily have a green thumb!

Cleaning & Tidying up ๐Ÿงฝ

It is really time to clean the whole house and put away the famous attic, a task that I have always postponed. Let's go!

Building things ๐Ÿ› 

Confinement makes me want to build DIY things with simple materials at my disposal! Here is what I plan to study:

Gaming ๐ŸŽฎ

It's also time to have fun while playing! An activity that I rarely do usually:


Here! As I was able to indicate to you, do not hesitate to share with me what you plan to do during this confinement. This article will be alive and ready to welcome lots of ideas from you!

Finally, I wanted to give my full support to all the nursing staff and to those who work hard so that we can continue to live.

Thank you so much โค๏ธ

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