When quarantine started, I thought to myself ‘That’s it. The big plans for this year are over. There’s nothing to look forward to. Social isolation and staying at home will kill my progress.’
I had this attitude for just a bit, before I realized it’s time to get myself together, and not just make the most of quarantine, but also come out a better version of myself.
If you too have been having this conversation with yourself but are still struggling as to where to begin and what to do exactly, let me share some ideas.
Make sure you do as much as possible to be able to keep busy when it comes to lockdown.
This can be a difficult time for a lot of people, and there are so many things you have to make sure you get right, and trying to make this a much more appealing and palatable experience is one of the things you have to get right. Lockdown is very difficult and there are so many ideas to consider with this.
You have a lot to keep in mind when you are looking to keep yourself busy and there are a lot of ideas to keep in mind here. Try to assess the different things that can play a part in helping you to keep busy and look after yourself during lockdown.
These are some of the best ideas that you should be looking to make the most of this lockdown season.
How to Stay Productive During Quarantine
1. Have a routine.
Your situation will highly depend on whether or not you’re still going to work, are working from home, or have no work at all. Same goes for living alone, with a partner, or with your family and kids that need to be entertained all day.
In any case, your daily routine is what will keep you sane and productive during quarantine. It’s even one of the few things that can let you forget about the pandemic and focus on productive and meaningful things.
A routine starts with waking up at a certain time and deciding what to do first thing in the morning. A morning ritual isn’t so much about a fixed hour but about the order in which you do the activities.
Your brain will be at ease and efficient only if it knows what to do and when. So give it a daily schedule it can follow, and in turn, you’ll get a clear mind, a feeling of accomplishment, and a sense of control over your life.
Plan when to get to work, what tasks to work on first, what to do in the evening, and when it’s time for bed.
While you don’t need to strictly follow all these rules, it’s enough to know that when you don’t know what to do with yourself or get anxious, your routine is there and you can always get back to it.
Also, doing the same things every day isn’t boring, but brings peace and again, order.
2. Start a business.
Starting a business is one of the best ways of being able to make the most of this, and this has become much more popular in more recent times.
Due to the fact many people are worried about their job security, a lot of people are looking for ways of being able to get greater job security, and launching a new career for themselves.
There are plenty of home-based careers you may not have thought of. It is important to make sure you come up with some of the best ways of launching a home-based business that you can run even through this lockdown.
3. Renovate the home.
Home renovation work can be a great way to pass the time during lockdown, and there are a lot of great things that you need to make sure you can think about to get this right.
Home renovation ideas that you can put into practice are hugely important, and there are a lot of ideas you need to come up with to help with this.
You might also be thinking about hiring architects for some post-lockdown renovation work, and this is something that you can definitely plan for right now.
4. Take up a new hobby.
Do as much as possible to focus on taking the right steps forward, and you need to look at what it takes to come up with some excellent ways of finding the perfect hobby for you.
Make sure you consider new hobbies that you can take up at home, and try to use them in order to help you get through the lockdown.
There are more hobbies you can take up at home than you might think there are, and you need to try to make sure you work on this as much as possible right now.
5. Keep your home organized.
With more time on our hands, I hear people cleaned their homes, organized their closets, threw away things they didn’t need, and felt better because of that.
Decluttering is a therapy for your mind, especially during lockdown. It’s important to maintain your home organized, though, and not just turn it into a one-time ritual.
You’ll enjoy your time at home much more and will feel good about yourself if you put things back to where they belong, tidy often, never leave dirty dishes in the sink, organize your closet, fill a bag with things to donate, and another one with expired products to throw away.
Multiple studies have found that decluttering reduces stress and depression, improves your sleep and mood and helps you focus.
6. Fix your relationships.
When people are stuck at home during lockdown, a few things might happen.
Partners can fight and couples can even get divorced simply because now they are faced with having to deal with the issues they’ve been avoiding for years. Before quarantine, people were at work all day, had their hobbies and social life, and things were different.
Now, home is the place where everything happens and you begin to notice all the things you don’t like about your partner.
However, the opposite can happen too. Relationships can be fixed and become better than ever.
Families with busy parents can now spend quality time together and be truly grateful for it. Couples can decide to take the next step of their journey and commit. And distant family members or old friends can reconnect.
Whatever your situation is, there’s room for improvement. You can work on your relationships because now people need to connect more than ever. Even if it’s virtually, simply talking to someone a few times a week can make both of you happier.
If your spouse and kids are having a hard time during quarantine and don’t seem to be interested in communication or working on themselves, you can try family counseling.
Read also: 5 Steps to Fix Yourself and Follow Your Dreams
7. Get moving.
I see people around me who are active every day, and also those who have every excuse not to workout or be active in any other way.
These are the 2 mindsets in terms of activity/fitness that can be spotted during quarantine. The good news is you can change your beliefs and start small.
A 30-minute daily walk is all you need to get moving. The point is to show up every day so it can become a habit.
After a week or two, you can include a stretch in the mornings and evenings. And even try a 15-minute YouTube workout.
I’m amazed at what great content the fitness influencers are publishing right now. They have all kinds of workouts that can be done at home.
I’ve seen cardio that is quiet and neighbour-friendly, any type of group lessons you’ve had in the gym can now be done at home, you can use any equipment you have or none, and there’s a ton of stuff you can do by using items around the house (such as a chair, water bottles, etc.)
Working out is one of the best things I’m doing during quarantine and it keeps me productive and positive.
Wanted to learn a language, play an instrument or take an online course? What better time than now!
Invest your time at home and in front of the laptop into researching your topic, finding the best blogs and guides, enrolling in a free or paid course or just watching tutorials.
Make a plan on the steps you can take to get better at what you’re learning and practice every day even if it’s for just 15 minutes.
9. Start a blog.
I’m a big proponent of blogging as it’s the hobby that I turned into a full-time business and starting this blog was one of the best decisions I’ve taken.
Over the years, I devoted my time to creating resources for beginner and intermediate bloggers and navigating people through the barriers of starting a blog.
I’m even working on a new course, $1K Blogger, that shows new bloggers how to start a blog and get it to $1,000/month in passive income.
But even if you aren’t looking to become self-employed and make big bucks online, you can start a platform and write about your passion.
Creating content around that topic will help you connect with other like-minded people and you can have a lot of fun. Whether that’s travel, homeschooling, DIY, gardening, woodworking, or else, you can document your progress with a skill, or share information and pictures of your projects.
Check out my free course on how to start a blog if don’t know how to launch a website:
10. Read a personal development book.
What area of your life are you struggling with? Perhaps it’s finding your purpose, changing careers, parenting, weight loss, lack of motivation or discipline.
Whatever it is, there are at least a dozen bestselling books out there that can help you understand the cause of your problem and change your mindset so you can also change your behavior.
If reading isn’t your thing, you can get an audiobook.
As you can see, there are many productive things you can do during quarantine. What will you start with?