How to Be Productive at Home

June 23, 2020
A Complete List of 90 Things You Can Do at Home - PART 2

On February 11, the WHO announced that the disease caused by new coronavirus would be called “COVID-19”. The new coronavirus itself was dubbed SARS-CoV-2. (Source)

This is a list of 90 ideas for spending time constructively at home.
If you are here for the first time, I encourage you to read the first part of the article available here: Maturity Exam for Humanity 

I hope that you will find the inspiration to use your time at home productively.

Here we go! 😉

 

You will find here 90 ideas of activities to do at home. To make it easier to find what you need, they are divided into 5 categories:

  1. Art,
  2. Learning and development,
  3. Health,
  4. Work and Finances,
  5. Spirituality and relationships,

 

I am sure that regardless of whether you live in a house or apartment, alone, with family or friends, you will find something that you will be able to introduce to diversify the quarantine time. Just remember to choose one thing you will do. If it is difficult, a maximum of one item per category per day. Over time, you can add more if you wish.

 

“Not everyone can become a great artist, but a great artist can come from anywhere.”

~ Peter O’Toole

British stage and film actor

 

1. Art

The more creativity you use, the more creativity you will have. Openness to unconventional activities can also help you in other activities and, above all, creating is a lot of fun. 😉

  • Painting – buy acrylic, watercolor or oil paints, find a sheet of paper, canvas or another surface and get to work!
  • Become a designer – look into the wardrobe, find something you don’t wear and adapt it to your current style. Use scissors, fabric paints, needle and thread, maybe patches or strings and become the owner of a unique clothing collection.
  • Drawing – a piece of paper, pencils, or charcoal. Start by drawing an apple. 😉
  • Clay/Plasticine molding – do you still remember how to do it? Great way for developing spatial imagination.
  • Writing – poem, short story, Quarantine Diary, the book you have been talking about writing for a long time; write an article on a topic you are passionate about; or maybe an art script or song lyrics. The first page is the hardest. Who knows, maybe a new masterpiece will be created?
  • Wood burning – a piece of wood, soldering iron or wood burner will allow you to create unique monochrome designs. Remember not to leave the hot tool alone. 😉
  • Carving – in soap, wood, stone, fruit, or metal. There are many possibilities.
  • Photography – try artistic or applied photography. Capture your family members, your pet, food or look for details for macro photography. Take photos in an existing, prepared or studio situation. Share the effects with your loved ones, create a blog or Insta from the portfolio or send them to a stock database (Shutterstock, Getty Images, Adobe Stock) where others will be able to purchase your photographs.
  • Film – assemble an overdue holiday film, record a challenge, music video or video to tell a simple story.
  • Cinema – Let others inspire you. See what stories others have conveyed. A tip: instead of watching what is on TV, think about what you want to watch first. Regardless of whether you choose traditional television, Netflix, HBO GO or another platform, choose what shows to watch.
  • Theater – create a small spectacle. Will you use the script or make it spontaneous? Seriously or with humor? Maybe stand up or monologue? 3, 2, 1, IMPROV! 🙂
    If you lack inspiration, check out some improv rules that may help you build the scenes. If you prefer more classic performances, you may like the list prepared by TimeOut or the collection of the WhatsOnStage
  • Blog – vlog, YouTube channel, TikTok, Instagram, podcast… do you have something to share? Do you want to have your place online? It can be one of the ways to express yourself. 🙂
  • Museum – Currently, many museums and galleries have made their exhibitions available online.
  • Dance – find some space, or match the genre to space and dance 🙂
  • Graphics – workshop or digital. Create new images.
  • Sing – singing is great for our well-being, even among amateurs. Would you agree?
  • Music – Play an instrument, compose, or create electronic music. And yes, the triangle is also an instrument. 😉
  • Concert/Festival – the world of live music has also moved online in recent weeks.
  • Makeup – manicure, body painting, face painting. Practice different types of body decoration. Look for new designs, color combinations and inspiration.
  • Magic – once the spread of COVID-19 is controlled, there will be something to celebrate. Maybe at a party you can amaze everyone with a new magic trick?
  • Origami – have you already mastered folding a paper airplane? What else can you create from this simple building material?

 

“Life isn’t about finding yourself. Life is about creating yourself.”

~ George Bernard Shaw

Irish Playwright

 

2. Learning and Development

This section is closely related to the other sections. Most of the ideas are skills that anyone can learn.

  • Reading – probably the most accessible form of learning about outstanding figures of human history and taking advantage of their experience. Even easier now with eBooks.
  • eBooks (Amazon, Gutenberg, OpenLibrary, ManyBooks, eBooks, Free eBooks)
  • Audiobooks and podcasts – tired eyes? Maybe someone could read to you. (Lifewire, Open Culture, LibriVox, Book Riot).
  • Online Courses (YouTube, Udemy, Internetowe Rewolucje, Sprouts, CreativeLife )
  • TED and other inspiring initiatives, conversations and speeches on YouTube (Charisma on Command, Practical Psychology, Improvement Pill, TEDx) maybe you know others that are worth recommending? Let us know in the comments below.
  • Learning a new language – everyone who remembers the times when you could travel freely knows how wonderful it is to talk to locals in their own language. These times will come back. Where will you go first? What language could you learn for your dream job?
  • A new skill – it can be a practical skill or a simple trick; juggling, time management, handstand, critical thinking, poetry, magic trick, massage techniques, speed reading, writing, arranging Rubik’s cube… there are many possibilities. During the #stayathome, it may even be easier to find time to develop a new skill.

Or maybe you are the one who shares your knowledge with someone. Maybe after quarantine you can help others adapt to functioning in new conditions?

  • Body language and speeches – practice in front of the mirror, and in front of the camera. Observe and correct.
  • Voice emission – wise words should be heard.
  • Conduct research – Maybe you will contribute to the development of Science? Find the right Research Method, conduct and write it up and share …
  • Write a thesis – it can be a bachelor’s degree, master’s degree or an article to a journal or magazine.
    The COVID-19 global pandemic will be analyzed by experts in various fields. You can join them.
  • Scientific conference – when you collect materials, you can also present your findings during a scientific conference (online)
  • Online training – you can share your knowledge of a selected topic during online training. Arrange the program and pick a platform. You can also contact us with your idea as we may be able to help you to arrange and publish it.
  • Plans – write down your plans for the rest of 2020.
  • 30 Day Challenge – take a challenge that you will carry out every day for 30 days. Share your story in the comments below.
  • Psychological tests – to know what to do, it is good to know yourself first. Personality tests that can provide you with valuable information about the most important person in your life – you! (com, psychologytoday.com, 5 love languages , Red Bull Wing Finder, 16 personalities.com, personalityperfect.com, humanmetrics.com, psychologistworld.com).
  • Coronavirus – keep up with what is happening around you. Also remember that the most reliable information on regulations and guidelines of conduct, it is best to look first on official government or the WHO Memes and fake news can be confusing. 😉

 

“Health is not everything, but without health everything is nothing.”

~ Arthur Schopenhauer

German Philosopher

 

 

3. Health   

Caring for health is a privilege that most people in first world countries can afford.

  • Diet – follow the basic rules, caloric demand, make sure that there are enough basic macro (Proteins, Fats, Carbohydrates) and micro (Vitamins, Minerals). Eat fruits and vegetables and stay hydrated.
  • Physical activity – Below are examples of exercises that you can do at home. Note that most of them do not require any equipment. Burn calories, strengthen your body, and feel good. 😉

 

  • HIIT
  • Yoga
  • Calisthenics
  • Aerobics

–     Circuit training

  • Rowing machine
  • Treadmill
  • Bike
  • Tabata

 

  • Stress and emotional intelligence – lockdown can be a time of boredom or uncertainty, and it is especially important to take care of your mental health as well. You can apply relaxation techniques used by the best athletes such as: Schultz’s Autogenic training or Jacobson’s Relaxation training. There are also various apps available: UrbanYogi, Headspace, Calm or Intu. Another great way to deal with emotions and stress may be prayer or meditation or a short nap.
  • You feel that you can’t stand it anymore? – If you notice that you are not being able to deal with something and you don’t have someone to talk to about it, you can ask the appropriate social assistance center in your municipality or the nearest family support center for help. If you have the impression that the whole situation is too difficult for you or you experience emotional problems, depressive states or you don’t have anyone to talk to – contact: com, www.nhs.uk, suicidepreventionlifeline.org. As knowledge is power, learn more about what you’re feeling now, to be able to change it. There has never been a situation in your life that you could not handle and this time it will not be different. Even the worst time will pass. You can do it. 😉
  • Sleep – lack of sleep can turn into fatigue, mood decrease and less effectiveness during the day. Sleep neglect can also have fatal long-term effects. You can hear many people talk about how much they can do and how little they sleep. It is not about to be busy all day and not sleeping at night. Real skill is doing a lot while having a minimum of 6-8 hours of sleep. The next day will probably come in the morning no matter what time you go to bed.

 

“Pray as though everything depended on God. Work as though everything depended on you.”

~ Saint Augustine

{354 AD – 430 AD}

 

4. Work and Finance

Work has many functions in the subjective, objective, and social dimensions. Regardless of whether it is performed professionally or not, it is a driving force for change. Maybe this is an area you can look at while in lockdown.

 

  • Clean up the house – this will help you to organize other things as well.
  • Renovation, rearrangement – change your point of view by changing the environment.
  • Cook or bake something – learn how to prepare a new dish, and share it with others, making their day better. Bon Appetit!
  • Help someone – be creative, find someone who needs your help. Share what you have the most, with those who do not currently have it.
  • Organize your computer – clean the desktop, view the disks. Maybe you do not have to buy a new one but just clean up the available space.
  • Finish outstanding business – there are few things that tire us like unfinished business. Finish it or let it go.
  • Look through the wardrobe – do not search for Narnia but maybe it is time to get rid of some clothes! Give them to a clothing collection or sell them online.
  • Analyze your budget – how much do you earn? How much and what do you spend it on? How much do you save? How much do you invest? How much do you want?
  • Bicycle or car service – quarantine can also be a great opportunity to review your means of communication.
  • Set up an online store – more people are buying more online and it may be possible for you to build another pillar of revenue in this way.
  • Sell ​​unnecessary things – clean up and sell what you no longer use.
  • Prepare a training course – record and publish it. Charge a fee for the training or use it to build your position as an expert in the field. With time, a good personal brand will provide you with clients.
  • Develop your financial intelligence – and build a budget that will open new opportunities for you (How to save money, 54 Ways to Save Money)
  • Learn the rules of the stock exchange – maybe you will become an investor?
  • Create a new product or service – probably you know something that others do not know about. Or maybe your offer can be enriched with new products or services?
  • Think about new markets – maybe there is someone who could use your solution and has not heard of it yet. Think about what people will need after the pandemic ends both locally and globally.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                “Create a life that feels good on the inside, not just one that looks good on the outside.”                                                                                                       ~ Anonymous

 

5. Spirituality and Relationships

Cultivate three-dimensional dialogue by taking care of good relationships with God, yourself, and with others. Be aware of who you are and what you believe in and cultivate it within yourself.

  • Prayer – your way, as it suits you, regularly and with faith and see what happens.
  • Meditation – a form of temporary isolation from the environment that can help you see it even better.
  • Self-awareness – do you know the difference between your version of yourself and the way others see you? How do others perceive you and what else no one, including you, knows about you? How important is each of these personalities? (Johari Window)
  • Holy Events Online – quarantine does not have to mean being cut off from all the events important to you. If you want to attend mass or other rites regularly but have been stopped by the new rules, you can now do it online from home.
  • Talk to the household – when we talk about dialogue, contact with others is usually the first thing that comes to mind. However, we often forget not only to speak but to talk – to have a conversation where everyone can equally share their point of view. Be the initiator today and just start. (How to talk/Better Family Communication).
  • Meet friends online – (ZOOM, Hangouts, Messenger, Skype, Discord, What’s App, WebEx, Teams)
  • Call your grandparents or elderly neighbors or relatives – everyone has heard that the virus threatens the sick and the elderly the most. But this is not a reason for social isolation. Call grandma, and help grandpa connect with you via webcam. Maybe you will start meeting like this after quarantine so that you can see each other more often?
  • Interview – Become a journalist and have a conversation with an interesting, inspiring person. With someone who may have something to say. Do you know all the stories of parents and grandparents from their youth? Ask, turn the recording on and let them speak. Later, you can write down the whole story and carry what they have to say.
  • Massage – If you want to help someone who feels some pain, or to master relaxation techniques more effectively, let the Internet help you (Basics Video).
  • Board games – Classic games, Euro-games, Ameritrash, Hybrids, Children’s games, Family games, Party games, Economy games, Cooperative games, Battle, and war games. What are you currently in the mood for?
  • Puzzle – an increasingly rare form of spending free time, great practice for your patience and imagination.
  • LEGO bricks – when was the last time you built a new vehicle or building?
  • Pets – play with your dog, cat, or rabbit. Change the decor in the aquarium, add a new element to the cage, clean the terrarium. Spend some time with your pets.
  • Plants – create your own micro-climate in a jar garden, grow cress or chives, trim a bonsai tree, or grow new flowers. And if caring for plants is not your strong point, try growing cactus, succulents, or bamboo.
  • Computer games – computer games could not be missing from our quarantine list. However, they can be used not only as a form of entertainment. Maybe with friends you will set up an account in some MMORPG, connect on Discord and go to a party in a virtual tavern or together you will complete some Quest?
    An interesting solution seems to be the Online Town, where by navigating the avatar in the game, you can meet with friends on cams, and when you need to discuss something with one person from the team, you just “go” a bit to the side.
  • Gift – for birthday or no occasion. Bought, self-made. Just given.
  • Letter – get your friend’s street address and write them a letter.
  • Picnic – spread a blanket and basket of food in the room, on the balcony or in the garden.
  • Camping – or maybe set up a tent in the yard? Just remember, it’s better to keep the bonfire displayed on the screen.
  • Energizer – known to people who participated in Erasmus + projects, invigorating games and activities that can overcome fatigue.
  • Mind exercise – The untrained muscle disappears. Brainteasers and Mind Stretchers are a great way to train your mind and boost creativity. Mind Stretchers have many versions, like listing as many solutions as possible on the question/issue, throwing loose associations, completing the sentence, listing words with the letter “G”, mentioning 10 potential reasons for an event etc. Some nice brain teasers for you, your team or kids you can find here: Brainteasers, Creativity Q&A.

 

  • Time travel – if after reading the list, you still don’t know what to follow in choosing activities, or you find it hard to motivate because you still “Don’t see the point” – go on an imaginary time travel.
  1. Close your eyes and imagine that 60 years have already passed. You were right! All your plans and ideas have proved right. All projects have been completed and the World is a better place thanks to you. Where are you now? What has been achieved? What do you have and who do you share it with? What do you share? What have you tried? What are your values? Where do you live? What does your daily routine look like?
  2. Open your eyes and write at least 30 points about everything that comes to your mind. Do not limit yourself and let your imagination run wild. Play with it and do not take it too seriously.
  3. Look at your list. Read it and file it so that you can come back to it someday. Then see if something has changed. And tomorrow, come back to the article and see if the choice is easier.

 

  • Nothing – remember you do not have to be busy all the time. Let yourself do nothing. Just don’t do anything. Simply enjoying being. Maybe this little break will help you move on to realizing your next ideas more easily.

 

 

In conclusion, I would like to draw attention to the appropriate definition of motivation. Many people say that at the beginning they manage to start action, but over time their motivation decreases, and they then stop. Motivation is especially important in the process of making change. It is needed above all to get started. The fact that you are here shows that you probably already have the motivation. You want to change something in one of the areas described above. That is enough to start. What allows us to achieve our goals is habits and persistent implementation of decisions. When you choose the item above to focus on, plan how you will do it. Decide and stick to it until the deadline or outcome is reached.

 

Prepare everything you need in advance. If I had wondered every morning whether I would go for training or stay in bed, I would almost certainly not exercise every day as I did for 11 years. In the morning, bed can be ruthless for the unprepared! So, get your training clothes ready the day before. Set the alarm clock. Find a partner or create a running music playlist. It is good to combine new habits with the ones you already have (if you don’t know what it looks like for you, write down everything you do for a week). For example, you can combine training with a wake-up call or with breakfast so that you always do your exercises after waking up or half an hour before breakfast. If you have online lessons, you can stay after for another “lesson” on the topic that interests you the most on YouTube or other platforms as mentioned above.

 

Finally, remember to be your best friend, and do not obstruct the tasks you undertake. Sometimes something may not work, and you will miss one day of the course, or there will be a small deviation from the diet, or you will go to sleep later. Do not let this deter you and focus on the process, as after the lockdown you will see that this single slip-up was irrelevant to what you managed to do and achieve.

 

Good luck and have fun at this interesting time. I also invite you to Instagram @tomasz.sordyl and Facebook, where I currently run the #quarantineactivities series and every day I post new ideas for spending time at home.

 

  Nothing outside a person can define them by going into them. Rather, it is what comes out of a person that defines them.

  ~ Mark 7:15

 

Tomasz Sordyl is a Polish coach, specialized in management, team building, communication, sport psychology, and climbing. He is a graduate of the University of Physical Education in Krakow Poland, majoring in Tourism and Recreation with a specialization in master’s studies, Outdoor Project Management. He is the co-founder of the AWF Channel student organization. Sordyl is an avid athlete, film producer, actor, healthy lifestyle enthusiast, and training coach – seeking to help young people succeed. Aside from that, Sordyl enjoys spending time with family and friends, and sharing his faith with others.

 

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