TMCnet Feature
October 11, 2021

How Our Habits Have Changed Due to the Pandemic

By Mostafa Razzak, Principal, JMR Connect

Whether consciously or unconsciously and whether you like it or not, the pandemic changed so much of our lives and may of what we had previously clung to regarding specific routines and patterns has changed – possibly forever. Because of this, there have been notable changes in our habits – some good, some bad. Let’s explore some of our new habits below:

We Became Tired of Skipping Breakfast and Rushing to the Office

We’ve all heard the saying that breakfast is the most important meal of the day, but do we say this in words only, or is it actually reflected in our actions? The reality is that in our fast-paced lifestyles, prior to the pandemic, many of us skipped breakfast on our way out the door to work and commute to the office. One of the upsides of remote work and not having such a long commute is that many of us slept in a bit and made a conscious effort to have breakfast.

Now that many of us got used to the idea of cooking breakfast, but may have to be in the office once again, let’s not lose the positive habit of keeping up with meals. Companies like Bob Evans are helping keep American’s breakfast habits up for the better with heat-and-eat-breakfast items.

We Took a Crack at Investing in Crypto and NFTs

What’s that you say? You missed the boat on Bitcoin? Not to worry – NFTs are the talk of the town. Think of these as digital art pieces and collectibles, all living on the blockchain. If you didn’t understand that last sentence, fear not: it’s ok to be a beginner. Always make sure that you understand anything that you actually want to invest and devote time in. Here’s a great visual guide on what NFTs are.

We Started Buying and Selling More Responsibly

There is a better way to buy and sell electronics and apparel online. Platforms such as eBay (News - Alert) have been making major strides by encouraging recommerce – the buying and selling of secondhand goods, and it’s already making a huge impact. Last year alone, sales of pre-owned electronics and apparel on eBay conserved 720,000 metric tons of carbon emissions. Commerce should be sustainable and its time has come. This is proof that you can have your cake and eat it too – and a few tech goodies, while we’re at it.

We Gave Our Tech Staff a Big Headache

Even if we didn’t mean to, we certainly did. How? By working remotely or in a hybrid environment. Every extra entry point is likely to be less secure than our corporate office networks, giving would-be cybercriminals even more attack vectors. It will take a mixture of vigilant humans and tech to stop ransomware, but the effort will be worth it for us to stay safe.

In Conclusion

The pandemic has been a trying time for all. Let’s show kindness, support, and appreciation for one another. As we round the corner rushing toward the end of the year, it’s a great time for resolutions. Let’s strengthen these times with positive habits for the future to come.

Edited by Erik Linask
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