One of the most important things during a pandemic is to stay at home to help reduce the risk of contagion. At the same time being idle could be a dilemma. Staying at home during a lockdown can be most at times boring especially when you’re doing a usual everyday routine.
Many may be working from home because of office closure – The limitation this pandemic has caused is not only limited to office workers. The self-employed who are in the service industry have been limited too.
With all of these happening, don’t panic. This is a period you can take advantage of and do something you have been putting away. This is the right time.
Take an online course: Take a useful online course to gain more knowledge or brush up an old one. The only way you can stand out to recruiters is to have something that is spectacular. Now is the time to learn and get certified in a skill.
Read books: If you can’t get access to a book store, simply download PDFs and eBooks.
Here are some of my best recommendations:
- A promised land – A riveting, deeply personal account of history in the making—from the president who inspired us to believe in the power of democracy (Barrack Obama)
- My own words – is a fascinating glimpse into the life of one of America’s most influential women and “a tonic to the current national discourse” (The Washington Post).
Listen to podcast
Spend quality time with your loved ones: When last did you talk to your kids about their future plans? There is no better time than now – now that your 9 – 5 job has left you no choice. Start a home project with them if need be.
Learn something new: Have you ever wished you knew something? Yes? Great! This is the best time to wish no more. You have all the time you have ever wanted to learn that thing.
This could be a skill, language or anything that will add value to you. YouTube is there to help you.
Create a 2-year plan: Does that sound difficult or impossible? What would be your answer when someone asked you “Where do you see yourself in 2 years?”
You definitely have something to tell the person right? Probably, your answer could be that you want to be the next Bill Gates. It’s no magic and it can’t be done overnight – So, you need to create a plan that covers all you need to do to achieve what you want. Create a long-term plan that gives you a sense of direction to where you want to be.
To accomplish this:
- You need to Write down your mission: As simple as this might sound, it’s just as powerful to help you accomplish your dreams.
- Acknowledge your strength and weakness and work on how to improve on them – You can’t afford to have anything that would hinder your goals now.
- Make a timeline and work with it: You want to keep o track? Then so this. Have a time limit for every single thing that’s included in your plan.
- Prioritize your goals
Create a to-do list: When stuck at home, you basically have all the time to do whatever you want. This is the best time to make a to-do list to keep you on track and make sure you are being productive and not just busy.
What you need do is to pen down everything you’ve always wanted to do for some time but you keep procrastinating. When done, mark out ones you can start doing at home and make something happen.
This to-Do Notebook has a Daily Task Checklist, Planner, Time Management, and all you need to stay organized. The Notebook lets you highlight daily tasks conveniently to help you prioritize them and a whole lot more. This notebook is super helpful as it helps you map out your day and help you check it off as you go.
Shop for important things online: Now that you can’t go out freely like you used to, it’s important you shop for things your household’s basic needs. Health products, food, face masks, and any other basic need that makes your home comfortable.
Reconnect with old friends, long distant family/friends: Many of us have friends and family members we have lost communication with. After ages, this is the best time to get back to time. Call and Text old friends and families.
Watch documentaries: How well do you know history? There’s a lot to explore when it comes to history. Animal history, Human evolution, War history. You might not be so interested in knowing history but you sure need to see these:
American experience: The pilgrims – The documentary chronicles the deep history, origins, and critical first decade of the first permanent English colony in New England.
Jamestown dark winter – In the documentary, a team of archaeologists excavating the site of an early American colony discovers something surprising: the remains of a young woman, dating back to 1609, buried in the trash layer of a cellar. Now, 400 years later, a cellar excavation has uncovered numerous bone fragments – all belonging to this adolescent female. With the help of forensic anthropologists, the extraordinary and frightening story of this young woman comes to life.
The Brainwashing of my Dad is a 2015 documentary film directed by Jen Senko about her father’s transformation from a nonpolitical Democrat into a political Republican.
Inspect and review your bills and strategies on how to lower them: Day in day out you make money and you spend the money – cos of time you might not know how the money is spent or if it’s spent right. This is the best time you can review your spending and if you think you are spending on unnecessary things, find ways to remove or reduce them.
Rearrange your furniture
Listen to audiobooks: If you find it difficult to read a physical book, this is an option for you. Here are some of my recommendations:
- Spilled milk – a novel of shocking narrative, triumph, and resiliency
- The silent Patient is a shocking psychological thriller of a woman’s act of violence against her husband – and of the therapist obsessed with uncovering her motive.
Remove all expired products/unwanted properties from your home: What other best time do you have than now to remove all expired stuff from your house and create space for your home.
Start a blog: If you love to write, consider starting a blog and teach people what you’re passionate about (niche).
Play games with your loved ones: Puzzles, board games or card games, let everyone share the fun.
Meditate and do Yoga: What did you hear about YOGA? That it’s meet for only Chinese and the Indians? lol!
Oh no! That’s far from the truth. Yoga doesn’t only help you to strengthen your physical and mental health. But also strengthen your flexibility, builds your muscle strength, improve your bone health, increase blood flow, and many other benefits.
No matter how busy you are, you should include a space for Yoga meditation to your planner at least once or twice every week just like me. It’s just one of my secrets of keeping the doctors away for some time.
Get this Yoga 9 in 1 set – The 9 in 1 set is a perfect combination and it comes with instruction manual book to assist you all the way.
Plan a road trip/dream vacation: You might not be able to afford it yet doesn’t mean you shouldn’t do the planning. Make plans now that you’re free and you’d be good to go when the time comes.
Organize your closet
Solve puzzles to challenge your brain
Backup your devices
Do the cooking yourself: Try your cooking skills with your family.
Learn programming: If you’re the Digital or tech type, learn programming. Learn how to write code to build websites, apps and software.
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