We’ve all been spending a lot of time in our homes over the last few weeks. So, being an obsessive list-maker, I decided to write down some things that I’ve been doing at home to keep myself productive, with the addition of a few more things that I plan on tackling over the next upcoming weeks.
If you’re currently bored at home and need something to do, feel free to give this a read, and add some things to your to-do list as well!
1. Indulge in a lot of self-care
This is one of the most important points on the list. Look at this time as a chance to unwind from your busy life. Take naps, clean your room, reorganize your wardrobe, catch up on sleep, give yourself a DIY spa day, meditate, disconnect from technology, read a new book, and allow yourself to rest and heal from your routine life.
2. Start a journal
Have you ever wanted to start a journal, but between all your classes, extracurriculars, and other time commitments, never had the time to do so? Now is your chance! Journaling can be very therapeutic. It can help improve your writing and reflection skills, allow you to see your progress, explore your thoughts, as well as enhance your organizational skills. It’s a win-win.
3. Netflix + Netflix party
Find a new show to binge or finish that show you’ve always been trying to finish! Netflix has never appeared to be more attractive than a time like this. Especially with the new Netflix Party extension that will allow you and all your friends to watch shows together and share your thoughts and experiences in real-time.
4. Start learning how to cook
If you’re like me, a fourth-year student at university that still doesn’t know how to cook, this is a great time to learn! Channel your inner chef, copy some YouTube recipes, whip up easy-to-bake desserts or check out websites like The Culinary Cook to take free online cooking classes!
5. Study/Take an online course
Ever feel overwhelmed during school with 5+ course load, extracurriculars and trying to maintain a healthy work-life balance? With this free time at home, you could get ahead of your upcoming courses! Find out the required textbooks, search online for notes, and study! Or, check out Coursera.org, SkillShare or even LinkedIn Learning to learn new skills, take online courses from other prestigious universities, get certifications and much more.
6. Get a TikTok account
Get your creative juices flowing! Whether you’re interested in music, dancing, cooking, comedy, fitness or drama, TikTok is for you! This app can inspire you, make you laugh, connect you to a fun new community and teach you a lot of new things all at once.
7. Work out
From high-end fitness centres to local gyms to influencers, many free online workout sessions are currently being offered! Mobile applications such as SWEAT, Centr, and Daily Burn are offering free 30 day trials. While popular fitness centres such as Sweat and Tonic, Fit Factory TO, and Power Yoga Canada are offering Live Instagram sessions for all their customers so you can check all of these classes out for free from the comfort of your home.
8. Learn a new language
It’s never too late to pick up a new language or two! With all this free time, and all the free apps right at the tip of your fingers (your phone), such as Duolingo and Babbel, becoming multilingual has never been easier!
9. Map out future travel plans
One of the ways I’m keeping myself occupied during this time is by making plans for post-social distancing. By browsing through different cities to visit, activities to do, places to go eat in the near future and making all kinds of very flexible plans, I’m creating a lot of things for myself to look forward to!
10. Call your friends
With technology nowadays, you can do almost as many things with your friends online as you can in person. Whether you choose to audio or video call, you can watch movies with them, play virtual games, make plans, catch up on each other’s lives, study together, and do almost everything that is on this list with them! You don’t have to disconnect from people you love just because you’re at home.