I want to focus on a few things that you should be doing in your own way that will allow you to be productive and healthy in this crazy time. Essentially with all of these tips you want to try and maintain your life before as much as possible and if not, then adapt to a new way of achieving it (which occasionally is better than before!). Alongside getting inspired from this post, feel free to also check out a post I wrote before this pandemic about ‘Things To Do When You Don’t Know What To Do’ if you are feeling bored at home.
I urge you to try and get changed out of your pjs and into an outfit you would normally wear practically every day. It helps you to continue the habits you normally have in your life, and makes you feel refreshed and motivated to be productive rather than sleeping or being on your phone all day.
I know that you might not be able to freely leave your house with the restrictions in place but you can at least go into your garden (or open a window if you live in an apartment) and look at and surround yourself with the wonderful nature around us. If you don’t have tight restrictions then I recommend walking around and appreciating your neighbourhood (while you still can!) and maybe take your dog or family with you. Don’t forget to stay 1.5 m away from other people you pass and wash your hands after!
Pick up a New Hobby or Revive an Old One:
A lot of people have been suggesting this but it’s a good idea to dedicate some time to a hobby while you have more time! Some examples are reading, cooking, learning a language and doing puzzles.
Write or Update your To-Do Lists:
I will always suggest to write lists in order to increase productivity so if you haven’t already or if you’ve been neglecting updating them, then now is the perfect time to organise your life using to-do lists! If you need help creating some or improving yours, then I recommend checking out my post on ‘Tips for Creating To-Do Lists’ .
Have a Work/Study Schedule:
Most of us have transitioned to online work, school or uni which means that we still need to keep up with our usual workloads. It might be really structured for you through scheduled video calls and task submissions which makes it easy to have breaks in between and maintain the previous schedule. If it is less structured or completely flexible for you then it is important to create your own, specific schedule and hold yourself accountable if you don’t stick to it. Since you aren’t spending time on the journeys to and from work, school or uni then it should give you plenty of extra time to do your work/study in addition to other, more fun things.
It is so tempting when you are home all day to consistently snack and raid your cupboard or fridge for everything and anything! I have been so guilty of this already and I have found that setting the time of my meals and specifically what I will be eating in them has helped so much! It also helps if you become occupied in something you are doing for the whole or most of the time between meals because the time flies by and you aren’t just thinking about what to eat a lot. Additionally, now that you have more time and have better access to a kitchen, you can start to create better meals rather than a collection of packaged snacks.
It is still important to get your exercise in whether it be walking/running outside or workouts at home, especially since work/study now involves more sitting down for extended periods of time. For home workouts, there are plenty to try out that you can find online which can be done without any equipment or you can even just walk around the house to get your steps up.
Stay in Touch with People:
Although you can’t physically be around people (besides who you live with), you can still keep in touch through social media and video chatting! It’s great to still feel connected to your friends and other people that you used to talk to on a regular basis, in order to retain normality in this crazy time.
With this extra time it is a good idea to do a bit of self care amongst your productivity. It might be nice to take a bath, do a face mask or light some candles to relax and forget about the unprecedented time we are living in!