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Which books should you read while self-isolating from coronavirus? Show more Show less
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Books can be life-changing. They can be a form of escapism that give a unique perspective into lives, times, places and ideas we will never experience ourselves. Or, a way of learning new ways of thinking, being and approaching the world. With all this time now spare, what are the key texts we should be reading?

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Alone? Self-acceptance has never felt more important.
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The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People

Since 1989, this classic text has endured because its advice is so impactful. Steven Covey tells his readers how to follow so-called 'true North' principles to maximize their productivity.
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The Argument

People should read The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People because they should improve themselves during the pandemic. This book lays out specific ways in which people can set and reach goals, improve their productivity, and achieve a better version of themselves. Throughout the book, there are exercises and thought experiments to help the reader practice what they are reading. With all the extra time that people have during quarantine, they should spend it trying to grow from their experiences [1]. The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People should be read because it causes a lot of self-reflection in a time of uncertainty. In a time where many aspects of a person’s life are out of their control, they can remember that their perspective is able to be controlled. The book gives people a guided way to reflect on their lives. It helps people think about how they can improve, instead of focusing on the pandemic[2]. This is also a great quarantine read because it can help people be more productive at home. During a time where millions of people are forced to work at home, there has been an undoubtedly large adjustment. [3]. This has caused higher levels of stress, partially due to work-related adjustments. Reading The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People will help people re-center themselves and focus on being productive, even at home.

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Although some people might have more time to reflect and change their habits while self-isolating, this is not true for all people. For people with families, working from home, or caring for sick loved ones, self-isolation might leave them with less time for self-improvement.


[P1] Quarantine has given people the time to find ways to better themselves. [P2] The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People lays out specific ways in which people can improve their productivity. [P3] People should read The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People while self-isolating from the coronavirus.

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