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Stay Productive During Lockdown With These Tips

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How do you stay productive during the lockdown?

Gas is affordable, flights are cheap but you can’t go anywhere. COVID-19 has sent home students and workers and now you are on an indefinite break. All of a sudden, you have all the time in the world.

In this challenging time, it is best to see the glass half-full and be optimistic.

What does this mean for you? 

Think of this as your long overdue “me time” and also for Mother Earth to breathe, to take a break from thousands of years of pollution.

For the good news, we can now see the skylines clearing up in major cities.  People living in geographic regions like the UK witnessed a big drop in air pollution.  Meanwhile in Venice Italy, canal water became crystal clear.

Photo Credit: Andy Rai,EPA  

 

We’re not saying you should rejoice because this is a rather unfortunate time.  A lot of people are dying from COVID-19. 

However, in hard times like this, we can grasp the beauty that’s left, and appreciate Earth’s beauty despite challenging times. 

And see it as a sign of hope.

Do you plan to watch Netflix all day and night? If that’s what helps you cope with the current situation, go ahead and do that. 

But if you want to do something productive, or you’re out of ideas for fun activities. You can refer to these tips:

  1. Unlock a new skill

Have you been wanting to cook, bake, plant your own herb garden? Now is the time to learn how to do it. 

You can also revisit your skills and sharpen them. Have you been wanting to hone your writing skills? Your coding skills? Whatever it is! You can do it now.  No one will stop you. 

By the time the lockdown is finished, you will have learned great skills that you can use in your lifetime, and could also help you advance in your career.

2. Declutter 

A space free of clutter is so satisfying and peaceful to see. But decluttering not only applies to space and tangible items. You can also declutter digital items such as your:

  • Inbox
  • Photos
  • Files on your phone
  • Files on your computer 

You can follow Marie Kondo’s process for decluttering by visiting the article we published earlier about the KonMari method, including a step-by-step guide on how to do it.

Photo Credit: Drew Kelly, IPTC Photo

3. Plan your meals

Right now while you’re on lockdown, it would be exciting to fire up the kitchen or think of recipes or food you and your family haven’t eaten for a while because you were too busy with work. 

You can make it exciting by sending a daily menu to your family, or hang a chalkboard and pretend to be in a cafe or restaurant.

4. Deep-clean your furniture

When was the last time you “deep-cleaned” your furniture or your kitchen cabinet? With the virus spreading outside, now is the best time.

You are not only being productive; it is also a form of exercise.

5. Rearrange your furniture 

Create a new vibe and allow positive energy to pass through your house by rearranging your furniture. Do you want to create a tropical vibe? Add some plants or put on some tropical cushions.

Are these items not available? You can DIY and get ideas from Pinterest

Photo Credit: Coolcrafts.com, Pinterest

 

6. Read books

If you have unfinished books lying around, finally you can finish them! Read them by your window while sipping your favorite beverage. Put your feet up and relax!

Reading books are one of the most productive activities you can do. Enrich your mind and educate yourself.

7.  Update your resume

You never know when an opportunity will come knocking on your door.  Besides, did you ever have the time to update it during the past few months, weeks, or years? 

Evaluate your present skills and update your resume so it’s ready when the time comes, you’ll be ready.

8. Be productive by writing a daily journal

Did you have a diary growing up? Did you know that it helped you with your writing skills, comprehension, and expressing your feelings? 

Putting your thoughts into writing makes it easy for you to comprehend your reflection. Keep a daily journal, it will be fun too! 

You can also make a dream journal and interpret your dreams daily. (Well, that’s another topic to explore at a later time…)

9. Meditate and Exercise

Photo Credit: Retha Ferguson, Pexels

 

While on lockdown, you should also make sure to keep your physical and mental health in check. 

You may not be able to run or jog outdoors or go to your yoga and gym class.  However, there are several workouts that you can do at home.  If you’re not into workouts, cleaning the house could help you break a sweat.

Meditation keeps your stress at bay.  You can do it for 10-15 minutes a day if it’s overwhelming for you. Even 10-15 minutes can make big difference for your peace and sanity.

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