Keeping your brain busy while in lock down

Steven Morrison
March 31, 2020

Many places all over the world are currently in self-isolation mode in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. In New Zealand, lock down started on Thursday March 26, which means that some people are able to work from home. At OptimalBI, we are working from home and on the whole that means continuing with what we were doing in the office but away from our office’s coffee machine.

However some of us have had projects put on hold or are waiting on customers to sort out remote access. Whatever camp you are in, once your work hours are done for the day, you are still at home and although it may be great at the start for some people this is going to be ongoing for quite some time.

So what to do to fill your time? This is something I can help with! There are many great courses you could do for professional or personal development.  

I have but just a few in this blog and know there’s loads more, so please if you have any online learning you are doing or have done, tell me about it!

Data Literacy

Our very own Bronnie started the Qlik data literacy course and has done a blog on her experience with the first half.

You can start working away on it yourself by following this link.

Learn to code

Codecademy is a site that I used while at uni with a very hands on approach to learning it is very easy to get the hang of things if coding is not something you already do.

Data science

Udemy has a wide range of course and has many sales it’s a platform I use my self for a few different things Below are a few from different areas that might catch your interest.

Python for Data Science and Machine Learning Bootcamp.

Machine Learning A-Z™: Hands-On Python & R In Data Science.


Angluar is an app-design framework and development platform for creating single-page apps.

Angular – The Complete Guide (2020 Edition).

Game development

Unreal Engine 4: How to Develop Your First Two Games.

The Ultimate Guide to Game Development with Unity 2019.


Adobe Illustrator CC Tutorial – Training Taught By Experts.

The Ultimate Drawing Course – Beginner to Advanced.

Hope you enjoy these few ways to keep your brain busy during time in isolation. Make sure to look after yourself in other ways too – we regularly do exercise challenges, so is something we’re doing again now thanks to Nic Cox our Data Brewer and resident exercise challenge guru who’s put it together for us.

Stay safe and learn something new!


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Steven Morrison is a design innovation grad who’s part of the team here at OptimalBI, so you’ll find him squirreling away working on stuff that helps make us look good. 

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