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Things That Became Absolutely Useless Amidst The Pandemic

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The advent of 2020 marked new resolutions, new priorities and new dreams. However, everything went down the drain because of Corona Virus! We all were forced to live a life which we hadn’t imagine in our wildest dreams. Surviving in the four walls of our rooms, not only it was full of monotony, but it did bring certain challenges of its own. Nonetheless, there are many things that became absolutely useless amidst the pandemic:

Here are a few things:

1. Bras

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Women hate wearing bras! Period. Especially in Summers, it drives you crazy. Taking it off after a long hectic day is no less than breaking away the shackles.  Amidst the pandemic, bras rested in the almirahs as who wears bras at home? A sigh of relief! Isn’t it?

2. Passports

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“Mujhe phirse pahado mein jana hai, phirse Himalaya dekhna hai

Bike rides, sunrise, 

Bonfire Jalana hai!”

How many times have you said to your friends or family members? Four-months in the lockdown has been distressing. This is our worst dream come true. Our passports are gathering dust as we can no longer use them.

3. Heels/Formal shoes 

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We are not even using our home slipper judiciously as we spend hours in front of our laptops. Obviously, the number of heels and formal shoes will come way later. Moreover, Crocs have become the quintessential pandemic purchase: an irrational impulse to buy that you would never have considered had the world not turned completely upside down. People are calling them– the quarantine shoes.

4. Sunglasses

 

You won’t need sunglasses if you start your day after sunset. Moreover, they are absolutely useless as the only light we come into contact with is our room light. We probably need blue-block lenses rather than our shades.

5. Power banks

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Power banks are life-savours. iPhone users can’t practically live without them as we’re aware of the battery hassles an iPhone user goes through. Nonetheless, these days who needs a power bank as you’re just sitting next to the electric socket or with your multi-pin plug.

6. Handbags

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When everything is lined-up on your bed or the chair next to it, who needs a handbag? Gone are the days when you had to empty it to find a really small lip-balm! Handbags proved to be absolutely useless this time.

7. Cars

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When everything is a click away who needs a car to roam around to get utilities or even shop?
Furthermore, there will be a stark difference between the transportation systems in the post-COVID-19 world as opposed to pre-COVID 19 scenarios. Hating travel rules!

8. Jeans

Everyone has switched to baggy tees and loose pants in this COVID-19 pandemic; A not so heartfelt bye-bye to our beloved friend a.k.a. Jeans. As our meetings just require ironed formal shirts, who cares what you’re wearing beneath? Right?

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Be A Better Boss While Your Employees WFH

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How To Be A Better Boss While Your Employees WFH

Work from home culture is now a lifestyle. No matter how pleasant WFH seems, there are many pitfalls that come in the way. While employees are constantly struggling to adjust to the situation and balancing home chores and work, it is important how to boss the team in a WFH regime. As a boss, supporting your team while simultaneously getting work done is extremely important.

For employees, presently the drawbacks have taken over the benefits of this culture. While they save time and money on the commute, the problems they face include no clarity in working hours and more and more social isolation. The employer needs to figure ways to optimise work and leave ample personal space and time.

Regular Meetings/ Phone Calls

Regular Meetings/ Phone Calls- work from home

When the entire office is working in a distant mode, it becomes extremely important to stay connected. It could be a phone call, or over a Zoom meeting. It could be a pre-planned morning meeting or a well-planned meeting at the end of the day. And this must be well communicated to the employee. And then it is also the responsibility of the employee to answer and/or attend the meeting. This maintains the smoothness in operations and builds a transparent work culture.

Employ Tools That Enhance Communication

Employ Tools That Enhance Communication - work from home

For a long time, we have been using Microsoft tools, like Excel, Word, Spreadsheet and Powerpoint Presentation. Now our scope has expanded to apps like Zoom, Google Duo, Discord, and Google Meet. Google Drive and Dropbox are on this list as well now.  Further, organisational tools such as Notion, Trello and Evernote should not be forgotten. Slack is also a tool for messaging which allows quick conversations and interactions in a situation where time is the greatest resource.

Upholding Boundaries Between Work And Personal Life Of Your Employees

Upholding Boundaries Between Work And Personal Life Of Your Employees

While we talk a lot about reducing stress at workplaces, many employers think that working at home means no stress at all. This has also given them the liberty to contact their employee at any point in the day. This leaves employees with no mental space to stay creative. On the contrary, it kills creativity. Respecting the timings, particularly after 9 PM becomes a protocol that must be followed. If you are dropping a mail at midnight, make sure to add phrases like, ‘we will continue this in the morning’, ‘no need to reply immediately’, ‘thank you for your additional working hours’.

Imbibe The Work From Home Culture Without Hostility

Imbibe The WFH Culture Without Hostility

Now that the restrictions are being relaxed, make sure you safeguard and protect your employees. They are your biggest asset and if they get affected by the virus, your business will be at a halt. Allow your employees to choose what’s good for them. If they are comfortable working from home, let them. If they want to join the office, encourage them to wear masks and use sanitizers regularly. Be open to the work from home culture even when the pandemic is over.

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Home Gym Ideas: Get Some Budget Friendly Tips!

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No matter it’s your room, building your own home gym is entirely possible. There are significant advantages of working out at home in your own home gym, from the convenience of success and exercise in a relaxed environment. You don’t have to go to the gym to get fit with great at-home workouts on Youtube and other online platforms! You can easily fit it into your schedule when you work at home and you can get the same good workout as outside.

These Home Gym Ideas are sure to keep you fit and healthy on a budget!

1. Exercise Mat

If you are going to work out at home, you’re going to need an exercise pad. At some point, most workouts will have you down on the field, so a mat will ensure that your exercises are much more comfortable. A mat will protect you from feeling any physical discomfort, whether you’re doing ab exercises on your back or push-ups on your knees.

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2. Dumbbells

In your home gym, a pair of dumbbells helps you to perform a large range of exercises and workouts. Using them or incorporate resistance to movements such as lunges and squats for isolated strength exercises such as bicep curls and hammer curls. Your optimal dumbbell weight will depend on your level of fitness, and for different workouts, you can need different weights.

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3. Kettlebells

Kettlebells are another terrific weight choice. They are highly flexible, helping you reinforce your muscles and improve your heart rate. For conventional kettlebell exercises like kettlebell swings, you can use them, or you can use them to increase the strength of exercises such as squats and walking lunges.

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4. Stability Balls

Consider adding a stabilisation ball to your home gym if you enjoy Pilates and yoga. They are also perfect for ab exercises because the stability is threatened. They are not the most convenient pieces of equipment to store, but if you have space, a stability ball will lift your workouts very seriously!

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5. Medicine Balls

Medicine ball exercises provide loads of benefits, particularly for your heart, but they can be used to help improve your whole body. They come in a variety of weights, so make sure you choose one that is heavy enough to slow your motion, but not too heavy to reach your control and motion range.

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6. Resistance Bands

For a variety of reasons, resistance bands are amazing. They are cheap, lightweight and do not take up much storage space. To add strength to lower body exercises, resistance bands are used. Wear the band above the knees for a killer workout that reaps results, from squats to glute bridges!

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7. Jump Rope

One of the easiest means of having a cardiovascular workout at home is to use a jump rope. You don’t need any other tools and you will be getting your heart rate up easily! It’s a full-body exercise, involving your arms, shoulders, heart and legs, so make sure you regularly do jump rope workouts!

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Also, read: Staying fit at home celebrity inspiration.

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PS5: All You Need To Know

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A few hours ago, Sony announced the price and release date of the PlayStation 5, its next-generation game console. It’s much-awaited news for all the gamers. The beautiful black and white console gives it an edgy look.  The cost of The PlayStation 5 and the PS5 Digital Edition is $499 and $399 respectively. The Japanese tech giant said the PS5 will launch in the US, Canada, Japan, Mexico, Australia, New Zealand and South Korea on November 12 and the “rest of the world” on November 19. Pre-orders for the next-generation game console will begin today. We are ready for a new state-of-the-art gaming experience!

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PS5 FEATURES

In terms of specifications, the PS5 will feature a custom eight-core AMD Zen 2 CPU clocked at 3.5GHz and a custom GPU based on AMD’s RDNA 2 architecture hardware that promises 10.28 teraflops and 36 compute units clocked at 2.23GHz.

It will also have 16GB of GDDR6 RAM and a custom 825GB SSD.

The PS5 will also feature a 4K Blu-ray drive and will still support discs, but those games will still require installation to the internal SSD.

Sony is also introducing the multiplayer option starting from this Friday and for PS4 users, the option will be available tomorrow onwards.

PS5 AND PS5 DIGITAL EDITION PRICE

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In PlayStation 5 Showcase, the company announced that PlayStation 5 will be priced at 499.99 USD (about Rs. 36,800) and PlayStation 5 Digital Edition at $399.99 (about Rs. 29,500).

India prices haven’t been announced as yet.

PlayStation 5 price

US –  $499.99 (about Rs. 36,800)

UK – £449.99 (about Rs. 43,000)

Europe – €499.99 (about Rs. 43,500)

Australia – AU$749.95 (about Rs. 40,300)

Japan – ¥49,980 (about Rs. 35,000)

PlayStation 5 Digital Edition price

US – $399.99 (about Rs. 29,500)

UK – £359.99 (about Rs. 34,400)

Europe – €399.99 (about Rs. 34,800)

Australia – AU$599.95 (about Rs. 32,300)

Japan – ¥39,980 (about Rs. 28,000)

The company has also unveiled various games for PlayStation 5. Some of the upcoming games are Final Fantasy XVI, Marvel’s Spider-Man Miles Morales, Hogwarts Legacy, Village, Deathloop, Devil May Cry 5 Special edition and Soulstorm.

HOGWARTS LEGACY

Moreover, an amazing Harry Potter inspired game was released by Sony as well. Hogwarts Legacy is a new Harry Potter open-world game releasing next year across all major platforms, Warner Bros. Check out the official reveal of the game.

The game will debut in 2021, and it will also be on the Xbox Series X and S, the PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC. It takes place in the “late 1800s” where you add your own story and “shape the future of the wizarding world.”

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