COVID-19: confined? The perfect opportunity to use the time we offer you!

lauthieb profile image Laurent Thiebault 🚀 ・6 min read

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! 😃 Let's wrap it in a Table Of Contents.

Table Of Contents

Reading 📖

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 🤓

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 - ECMAScript® 2020 Language Specification
  • Kubernetes - A Production-Grade Container Orchestration

Working on Open Source projects 💻

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 🖥

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


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

Improving productivity 🚀

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 🇬🇧

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 👨‍👩‍👧‍👦

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 🍰

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

Gardening 🍃

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 🧽

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 🛠

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

Gaming 🎮

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

BONUS: Reading on DEV.to 📖

I have a LOT of articles in my reading list that I intend to read during this confinement.
Here is an exerpt:


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 ❤️

Posted on Mar 22 by:

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Laurent Thiebault 🚀


Passionate DEVeloper, blogger & console logger 👨🏻‍💻 - but also DJ, pianist, guitarist, speaker & life lover 🖖


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Ma liste:

  • Create a Ruby gem ✔️
  • Improve my portfolio website
  • Work on my .Net Core MVC project
  • Learn how to write a smart contract
  • Make a remote meditation club ✔️
  • Attend remote events/webinars
  • Play the drums!

2/3 projects related to Wine :)
La CNIL a publié l'an passé un MOOC sur le RGPD que j'avais trouvé pas mal c'est très abordable et étrangement pas barbant.


Merci pour l'info Jeff, je vais y jeter un coup d'oeil :-)


Merci beaucoup d'avoir écrit cet article mervéilleux! 😁