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Mar 24

The Ultimate Guide to Self-Quarantining

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Across the globe, we’ve all been asked to do our part to help contain the spread of COVID-19. Social distancing, self-quarantining, and self-isolation are just a few of the terms floating around to remind us to stay inside.

It’s still pretty uncertain when our lives will return ‘back to normal,’ and until that day comes, we have to hunker down, stay home, and patiently wait for this quarantine to be over.

So to help make all this time spent at home a little easier, we’ve assembled the ultimate guide to self-quarantining. It contains ideas to keep you inspired, informed, productive, creative, and most importantly, not bored.

Get The Facts First

Updates regarding COVID-19 seem to change by the minute, so it’s important to stay in the loop of what’s happening. You don’t want to miss any critical information.

Learn more about COVID-19 updates from the WHO.

Digital Tools for Working from Home

If you’re adjusting to working from home, it helps to have a few tools to keep you productive and in communication with your team. We recommend these:

For meetings

For productivity

  • Tomato timer uses the Pomodoro Technique to encourage you to knock out tasks in 25-minute cycles.

For communication

  • Slack allows you to instantly message people in your organization. Share files, updates, jokes—the list goes on.

For proposals, legal documents, etc.

  • DocuSign lets you easily send and sign documents electronically.
Slack allows you to collaborate with your team instantly.

Learn from The Futur

With much of our free time being spent at home, self-quarantining doesn't have to mean sitting and staring at the ceiling. Instead, let’s exercise our brains and learn something new.

As a matter of fact, we’ve temporarily reduced tuition for all of our courses. Now’s the perfect time to pick up a new skill, whether it’s creative, business-oriented, or for personal development. What course is calling out to you?

Featured courses

Check out the Practical Project Management course from The Futur.

Free downloadable resources

Books to check out

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Featured YouTube playlists

Featured livestreams

More Learning Resources

This is the Internet, after all, and you can learn just about anything anywhere. We recommend these online platforms for anything else you might want to learn while self-quarantining:

For the curious

  • YouTube Learning lets you learn literally anything, from study tips, illustration, computer science, to fitness.
  • PBS Digital Studios houses educational series on a variety of topics.
  • Pop into free virtual museums, concerts, plays, and more on CNN style.

For the college course lovers

  • Class Central offers over 500 online Ivy League courses, completely free.
  • edX gives you access to over 2500 courses from the world’s 140 top institutions and universities.

For the career chasers

For the tech-savvy

  • freeCodeCamp offers free coding lessons and certifications in a variety of languages.
  • The Odin Project offers a free curriculum for you to jumpstart your web development career.
  • Unity Learn provides courses, tutorials, and live learning sessions to master coding, 3D animation, and more.

For the marketer in you

  • Digital Marketer is the online learning hub for all things marketing. Get certified in content marketing, social media marketing, copywriting, and more.

For the kids

  • Scholastic’s online learning hub offers subjects for students grade 6-9.
  • PBS provides free videos, interactive lessons, and more for your kids to learn from.

edX gives you access to over 2500 courses from the world’s 140 top institutions and universities.


We’re recommending these two pieces of software specifically because they’re supporting the creative community in an amazing and accessible way.

  • Affinity Designer is offering a 90 day free trial for Mac and Windows versions, or a 50% discount if you buy right away.
  • Adobe is waiving 90 days of your subscription charges if you call 1-800-833-6687. Press 1, 1, 2 to activate. If done online, your subscription charges are waived for 60 days.
  • If you're a logo or identity systems designer, check out The Logo Package. This tool lets you export every possible iteration type of your logo. Use the code home to save 25% through the month of April.
Get creative with the suite of tools available in the Adobe Creative Cloud.

Food Delivered to You

With many restaurants closed or only serving takeout, dining out is officially on hold. Why not whip up a good meal with groceries delivered to your door?

Get fresh, organic food delivered to your door with Imperfect Foods.

Outlets to De-Stress

All this uncertainty is causing more stress than many of us can handle. Here are a few ways to de-stress and decompress while self-quarantining:

Be entertained

  • The New York Times compiled a list of the best movies, TV shows, books, and more to digest during the quarantine. Plus, they’re updating this list every weekday!
  • Spotify has hundreds of thousands of songs, artists, playlists, podcasts, and more for you to stream as you please.
  • This Lo-fi hip hop radio is a favorite from The Futur team.

Be fit

Be well

Listen to anything, anywhere, anytime with Spotify.

Get Some Sleep

In times like these, it can be hard to calm our minds down and fall asleep, but these tools should do the trick:

Headspace offers guided meditation to help you relieve stress.

…And that’s all from us, folks! Of course, there are plenty of other resources out there for you to check out, but these are our personal picks.

Stay safe, stay healthy, wash your hands, and be well, Futurists. We’ll all get through self-quarantining, together.

Chris Do

Chris Do is an Emmy award winning director, designer, strategist and educator. He’s the Chief Strategist and CEO of Blind, executive producer of The Skool, and the Founder and CEO of The Futur— an online education platform that teaches the business of design to creative thinkers.