We all are stuck in the home this period to contain the current pandemic. It can be quite challenging for some of us. This because we are already used to our very busy lives. You can imagine how it feels for those of us working regular jobs and entrepreneurs. Jobs are now being moved home so it is not a long holiday or an annual leave. Also, after you complete the task assigned to you from the office, it can so boring for the rest of the day. The worse part is that you can’t just leave the house to the park or a nice resort. So, I will be sharing 10 things to do to kill the boredom during this compulsory self isolation. This are the things I have been doing to keep my self sane through this trying times.
Work out / Exercise
It is possible to sleep in bed most of the day for lack of what to do. One thing you can do during this self isolation is to work out. Exercise is a simple way to keep fit and boost your immune system. A healthy body is ready to fight whatever disease thrown at it. So, you adopt simple exercises to keep your body going. I am not really a fan of exercise so I won’t say it will be a walk in the park. Especially if it is something you rarely do. But hey baby steps, you look for simple exercise or follow some fitness YouTuber for tips.
Read A Book
In our very crazy world, it is very hard to keep up a reading habit. My colleague at work is always on my case to read good books to gain useful knowledge. My response is as usual- no time. I have two books by Robert Kiyosaki with me. So, since there is plenty of time at hand, I have started reading the books. Get good personal development books to read. You can get an e-book if you’re not a fan of hard copy books. I prefer hard copy though because I get distracted easily on my phone. So, I may not concentrate when reading an e-book due to social media distraction. Either ways do you.
Another thing you can do to keep yourself busy is to play a good game. Games can be fun and some games make you a strategic thinker. There are so many options you could choose from. Board games like scrabble or chess can be played with your family. Also, you play a solo game like a rubic cube. This stay home period has opened my eyes to see how I suck in playing rubc cube. I also scatter it than arrange it. Kudos to people who can figure it out, like my boyfriend and younger brother, I envy you.
Watching movies is a good way to pass time. Some of us have gotten so busy that we forget to relax. I love watching movies during my free time. But sometimes I fall asleep watching movies too. You can watch movies on your phone from you tube, Netflix or any other source. We all know that it is way more fun watching movies in the cinema. The sound effect, pop corn, the environment etc. You can bring your local cinema home while you entertain yourself and family. I can recommend some movies I watched from Netflix; white house down, Furie, coffee and kareem, Proud Mary, Maria etc. The list is endless on Netflix whatever movie genre you love.
Learn a new skill
Most of us complain about not having much time on how hands to upgrade our skills. Instead of spending so much time reading all the negative news on social media, put this time into good use. You can any skill you desire this period as a subsidized rate too in platforms like coursera etc. You can also register for an online course to upgrade your degree. It’s time to be worthy of that promotion. We all know that most firms look for what you can bring to the table before assigning a bigger task to you. You can also learn how to improve your makeup skills or styling skills. Subscribe to youtube vlogs or fashion blogs to brush up on those skills.
Up your cooking skills
Personally, I eat more than I cook. So, I am trying to change all that. The whole culture of take-out after work or having siblings around makes me rarely cook. Moreover, cooking is not my thing per se. If you find yourself in this bucket like me, dear it’s time to learn more cooking skills. My dear colleague recently opened her food vlog so I am hoping to learn new skills from her. You can also do more cooking this period too to brush those skills.
Another thing you can during this lockdown is to fuel your creativity. Some of us are both creative and professionals so there is little time to excel in the two. So, as a blogger, this is one of the freest times for me to work on my creativity. I am basically creating content for social media platforms as well as my blog. You don’t need to own a blog to be creative. Take up skills like art and craft, painting, knitting, etc. You can also read up blogs on simple home DIY skills that you can apply. Read topics on “How to” available on the internet. There are so many free skill-building articles and youtube videos you can learn from. Below is my own improved layout skills I have learnt this period.
Learn a new language
Some of us love to learn new languages but are pressed for time. I am always thrilled to meet a multilingual individual. If you also speak French, you’ve got me. Moreover, an added language asides English can be a career advantage. Most multinational businesses prefer to work with multilingual people more. You can also learn a new language towards your next trip or vacation. The interesting part is that you can learn these languages online like Spanish language. You can look up Spanish school in Colombia to learn in a fun and interactive way via Skype. This makes it easy to learn Spanish anywhere in the world. It comes in handy to know a handful of words when you visit a new place. You don’t want to use weird sign language to communicate with an Italian for example who can’t speak English. What a task it would be for you. So, learning a new language is always useful for work or leisure.
Take on new project
Another thing to do during self-isolation is to take on a new project. You can start doing all those things you’ve put of for the longest time. If you are planning to be an author, now is the time to work on it. If you want to own a blog, you can also start working on it. Don’t overthink your goals or dream, bring them alive by starting.
Enjoy Family time
Family is really everything. We work so much we rarely bond with family or friends. This lockdown had forced to get to know more about my siblings. Sometimes, they do things that make me feel like screaming. I feel this way because I don’t know much about each person in my family. Some of us also feel the same way. I wonder how dads who always in transit I. Business trips are coping. It must be difficult too. The good thing about this stay home thing is that you get to have quality family time. For those of us who work from home, you can check my post on work from home outfit ideas.