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You’re not alone in your self-quarantine doldrums.

BY BARRY SAMAHA


Unless you view Cormac McCarthy or P. D. James as really clairvoyant, a global pandemic is not something that many of us have prepared for. The around-the-clock media coverage of soaring cases of COVID-19, the news of two-ply selling out in record numbers (enough with that, folks), and the mandate to stay sequestered in our homes has been, to say the least, worrisome and unexpected. Still, there are pop-culture references, particularly in romantic movies with strong female leads, that have shown glimpses of self-confinement—albeit with situations that are far less consequential than the spread of a pervasive disease.


These films, in a humorous way, depict scenes that many can relate to now more so than ever. From nights on the couch in pj’s, belting out sad love songs with a bottle of red firmly in hand, to afternoons in bed with a box of chocolates, watching a soap opera marathon, to closet clean-outs and dutifully working at home from dawn till dusk (the outlier, quite frankly), these weird and wonderful scripted snippets have become our reality. And in this distressing time (let’s all collectively breath in ... and now breath out), it is a relief to see that our doldrums are not baseless. To wit: Misery loves company.


To that end, we have compiled a list of heroines from our favorite flicks, all of whom have shown that staying—and (to keep up appearances) working—from home is really not a novelty. With certain accoutrements, they all got through their hardships and by the third act, were on their way to happily ever after. Here’s hoping we all get to that destination sooner than later. In the meantime, if you want to throw yourself a party of one in a very cinematic way, check our roundup of rom-coms and the devices you need to really enjoy staying at home. (Spoiler: Alcohol and/or sweets are usually involved.)


BRIDGET JONES DIARY

Who: Bridget Jones MO: A plucky, lovelorn, British book publicist trying to come to terms with her lack of self-esteem. After being ridiculed by a childhood acquaintance, lawyer Mark Darcy, at her parents’ annual Christmas party, she spends the rest of her holiday cooped up in her modest London flat, wearing printed red pj’s, singing “All by Myself,” and drinking copious amounts of alcohol. A woman after our own hearts.

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The Devil Wears Prada



This film, based on a memoir written by a woman who worked under Vogue's editor-in-chief Anna Wintour. Wintour's fictitious likeness, Miranda Priestly, is powerful, influential, and commands an entire industry at her fingertips.

Erin Brockovich


Julia Roberts plays Brockovich, whose never-say-die attitude in the face of relentless opposition is an inspiration to any entrepreneur.


The Pursuit of Happyness


This is one of my favorite motivational movies and one of the best movies ever on never giving up. Will Smith’s amazing portrayal of Chris Gardner will give you goosebumps.


Startup.com


Startup.com is an excellent documentary about the internet gold rush of the late 1990s. This documentary has all the necessary ingredients to learn a few great lessons about the internet bubble. A rise in competition, lifelong friendships on the line, and do-or-die ambitions all combine to form a deadly cocktail for an internet startup.


Jobs

The most important rule is that “the best way to predict the future is to invent it!” Maybe money is not all that is worth striving for…


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We get that being home surrounded by all things comfortable can make it hard for one to focus and be productive. Here are our three quick tips that can help you be efficient while working from the comfort of your home.


Prep-Up


We all love snuggling in our beds for hours and struggle with procrastination. The first step is to set a fixed routine of waking up and making your bed - believe us, it does wonders.

Next, get out of your favorite pajamas, shower and wear comfortable clothes, have breakfast and prepare a strong coffee. You will see how much this is going to change your mood and lift up your spirit.


Set-Up


Keep the bed for resting, find a quiet place in the house and create a work-zone that is comfortable. It could be as simple as a table and chair or you can also try the standing office for a while (Trust us this is going to get you out of the boredom of sitting for long hours during the day)

Keep food, water, and a well-lit citrus candle or diffuser to keep you refreshed. It's easy to go off schedule when we take breaks between work. So time yourself and set alarms as a reminder.


Work-Up


While working out of the comfort of your home seems more comfortable, it might hamper your productivity. To avoid this, make a schedule for your work and time your tasks. Communicate with your teammates 2-3 times a day and by the end of the day, make a review note for the day along with a to-do list for the next.

You will be thankful to yourself if you make a routine and stick to it. It is going to give you those extra hours to work on your dream or learn a new skill, now is the time.


We hope these quick tips will help you in being your best self.


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