In an effort to arrest the spread of COVID-19 infection, a nation-wide lockdown was declared in India in March 2020. To assess how personal built environment affected the citizens in the first few weeks, an explorative online survey was conducted, eliciting responses about the work habits before the lockdown, the psychological well-being, time spent in various activities, characteristics of those who worked from home, food and sleep patterns. We received 121 (76 male and 45 female) responses with an average age of 35.5 years (Max: 70, Min: 18, SD: 12.9). The major difference entailed by the lockdown was a reduction of time and distance of one commute to go to their workplace, which was an average of 30 minutes and 9.5 km respectively. In terms of diet, subjects who were vegetarian did not experience any difference, unlike those who were non-vegetarians (p <0.05). There was no change in the quality or quantity of sleep during the lockdown. This study in the early weeks of the lockdown documents the way in which individuals lived through it in terms of the built environment at home.