Quarantine has us all feeling all kinds of feelings. Unfortunately, it’s mainly anxiety and stress which eventually lead to procrastination. It’s not often we’re forced to stay at home with no where to go. We’re thrown off our routines and that can have a major impact on our time management and effectiveness. On the other hand though, being at home can shoot up you productivity, if you use your time wisely, of course. Below is a list of 10 things to do while at home that can help you stay productive in quarantine.
Staying Productive In Quarantine
LEARN SOMETHING NEW.
If you’ve been wanting to acquire a new skill, now is the perfect time to do so. With the business world changing so fast, new skills are wanted and needed constantly. Dedicate your time to the one skill you want to learn the most. Whether that’s learning a new language, improving video editing skills, learning photography, digital marketing, painting,…whatever your soul craves.
Luckily, we live in an age where all of this is accessible through apps and online courses. Imagine how awesome and accomplished you’ll feel once this pandemic is over and you’re mastering a whole new skill. So go ahead, invest your time wisely and learn something new!
DECLUTTER & ORGANIZE.
Man, oh man, do I love a clutter-free and organised home. There is something so peaceful and calming radiating in a clean home. Chances are you’re feeling low-key anxious and stressed while in self-isolation. However, there’s an easy way to fix that. Aside from practicing breath focus you should declutter and organize your home. I’m sure most of you have heard about Marie Kondo and the KonMari method of cleaning. If not, click on the link, watch her show on Netflix, Google or search on YouTube.
Personally, I love her simplistic approach which is why I recommend you try her way of decluttering. Go through your closet, drawers, kitchen/bathroom cabinets and anything else that needs organising. Once you’re done you’ll see (and feel) all the benefits of a clean home. Your mind will suddenly feel at peace, your anxiety and stress will be reduced and your productivity will be shot through the roof.
A while back I did a spring cleaning series and in case you haven’t read it, here are the links:
- Spring Cleaning – Bathroom (Part 1)
- Spring Cleaning – Living Room (Part 2)
- Spring Cleaning – Closet/Wardrobe (Part 3)
- Spring Cleaning – Declutter Your Life (Part 4)
FINISH THAT LONG-TERM PROJECT.
I understand things are not easy right now, but if you have time why not use it wisely? Everyone has at least one thing they always wanted to do but can never find enough time to actually go through with it and finish it. That blog you started writing, the podcast you began filming, the online business you started creating, the DIY projects you began? Are they still on hold? Now you have no excuses whatsoever. Quarantine or self-isolation is currently providing us with that ‘additional’ time we always tend to complain we don’t have. Grab the opportunity and finish you long-term project/dream.
CATCH UP ON READING.
How long has it been since you sat down, opened a book and just let yourself dive into a completely new world carefree? It’s been so so long since I had a chance to do so. Actually, I don’t think I read any books (other than parenting ones) since I became a mom.
Anyhow, reading has many benefits and it actually makes you more productive. When you start reading, you start focusing on words, a story, and before you know it, you’re completely wrapped up in it. Since you’re so into it, it takes away all the stress and anxiety because you’re not thinking about anything else but the words you’re reading.
Furthermore, reading increases your vocabulary and sharpens your mind. It can also help you improve your focus and memory. Immersing yourself in a good book melts away your worries and brightens up your day. On the other hand, if you don’t feel like reading fictional novels, there’s always biographies, guides, self-help books and many other books you can learn from.
Cannot stress enough how important exercise is during these times. We all know how exercising regularly can help you lose weight and strengthen muscles. On the other hand though, exercising also helps you sleep better, improves your mood, reduces stress, boosts energy and improves your health overall.
If you’re a gym-bunny, things might be a little difficult for you now. However, fear not as YouTube is filled with follow-along workout videos that you can do at home. In addition, don’t think you can’t make home workouts as effective as gym workouts. As long as you’re training smart, you can build muscle, lose weight or tone up, whatever you goal may be.
I’ve never went to the gym, I do all my workouts at home or outside and I’ve transformed my body, so I’m telling you it is POSSIBLE! To see my style of training and to try my workouts simply click here.
IMPROVE YOUR COOKING SKILLS.
What do you usually eat? Homemade meals, takeouts, fast food? If takeouts and fast food are your usual type of meals, now is the time to reap the benefits of home-cooked meals. Home-cooked meals are so much healthier, you know what exactly goes into the meal and when you eat together as a family at home, it brings you closer.
If you’re a beginner begin with basic recipes. Trust me, once you get the hang of it, you’ll be making such yummy and healthy meals you’ll surprise yourself. I have to say though, if you mess up your first meal, please, oh please, don’t give up! I messed up a lot in the beginning but I kept going and trying over and over until I got good at it. Cooking is all about trial and error. Once again, YouTube is now filled with so many easy, healthy meals you can prepare at home so give it a go. It’s actually amazing how many things you can learn now for free, woohoo!
Unfortunately, a lot of people lost (and still are losing) their jobs during the pandemic. Whether that’s the case with you, now would be a good time to update your resume or any other documents, like a profile picture on LinkedIn or other business website. On the other hand, if you still have your job but maybe you’re blogging in your spare time, read your old blog posts and freshen them up. Furthermore, update any videos you might need to or your social media info.
Might not be the thing you wanted to see on this list but spring time always calls for a deep clean of the house so I had to include it, quarantine or not. If you’ve already decluttered and organised your rooms then you can move onto deep cleaning your home. You’re probably vacuuming, dusting and cleaning the sink on a day to day basis but deep clean is so much more.
Deep cleaning includes washing all of the windows, dusting light fixtures and above cabinets, de-scaling faucets and showerheads, mopping the floors, cleaning the oven, refrigerator, washing machine, etc., I think you get the point. I tried to find a helpful deep cleaning cheat sheet to make things super easy for you and I managed to find an awesome one from MollyMaid. Simply click here, print it out and get to work baby!
I think this is one of those things all of us dread the most. If you’re anything like me, chances are you have thousands of photos on your phone right now and about a hundred apps. Out of all the photos half are probably bin ready and 80% of the apps you don’t even use.
And remember how you always say ‘I’ll get to it’? Guess what? You have enough free time now to completely organize your phone. Start by deleting the apps you don’t use then move onto photos and videos. Firstly, transfer them onto your laptop/computer and do a double backup. Secondly, delete all photos and videos from your phone and have a fresh start. It will feel ah-may-zing!
SELF CARE ON A NEW LEVEL.
Woo-wee, I love self care days! As a mom I always struggle to find time to do something for myself. Washing my hair, doing my nails, putting on lotion or taking a longer shower sometimes feel like impossible tasks. Whenever I do any of those things I have to do it fast or in a presence of my kid which always ends with me saying “no this”, “no that” to her about 50 times haha!
Whether you’re a parent or not, you can take self-care to a new level during quarantine. Self-care varies from mental to physical and emotional activities. Such as turning your phone off for a day, not watching TV, exercising, taking a long bubble bath, doing a full facial (with exfoliatiors, face masks and everything), moisturizing your whole body, shaving, meditating, journaling, practicing gratitude, having a cup of coffee by the window and so on.
Find what works best for you and take advantage of the time you have right now. Many of us don’t look after ourselves the way we should and we tend to put self-care last on our to-do lists. Just so it happens, it more often than not doesn’t get ticked off the list. When in reality self-care should be something we should be doing each day. Even if it’s just 5 minutes.
Let me know in the comments if you’ve enjoyed this blog post and how have you been keeping busy during quarantine! If you’re lacking motivation and need inspiration feel free to check my Instagram where I post inspirational quotes and photos!