Productive Things to do in Quarantine… So You Don’t Become a Couch Potato!


Suddenly you have all this extra time on your hands and don’t know what to do with it; well, you’re not alone! It’s been happening to the best of us ever since the COVID-19 pandemic brought the world to a standstill. Of course, some of you may be going back to work soon (if not already) while others continue to work from home. One thing, however, remains the same – now, more than ever, people seem to have more free time at home since going out to public places comes with a potentially life-threatening risk. 

Currently, the number of confirmed coronavirus cases in Australia is rising in many parts of the country while places like Victoria have seen a fluctuation in numbers. Nevertheless, in a bid to help flatten the curve, many are choosing to stay home and strictly practice social distancing in spite of lockdown restrictions being relaxed as some cities begin to gradually reopen. 

So, how are you possibly going to keep from becoming a couch potato with all this free time you’ve been wishing you had for years now? Well, maybe these productive things to do in quarantine will inspire you to do the exact opposite. Read on!

1. DIY Tasks!

There are several categories of do-it-yourself tasks, most of which can easily be done inside your home using things from around the house. Depending on what your hobbies are what you enjoy doing in a creative sense, you will surely find a bunch of DIY tutorial videos on YouTube to help you out. Everything from upcycling old clothes to making eco-friendly house cleaners; no matter what you choose to do, rest assured that DIY tasks are incredibly satisfying and a great way to spend your free time doing something productive.

2. Read Books!

There are several benefits that come with reading books and yet, so many of us don’t take advantage of them. Even when we’re not forced to stay indoors and quarantine, we choose to spend our spare time browsing the internet or on social media when we could, in fact, be immersing ourselves in a good book! Well, now that you do have time to do a little bit of everything, consider reading a book that interests you and we guarantee that you won’t regret it! From reducing stress to increasing focus; reading is a wonderful, productive hobby because there is nothing negative about it!

3. Exercise More!

If lack of time has been your go-to excuse for not getting enough exercise, problem solved! With all of this free time on your hands, developing an at-home workout routine will only require a little bit of effort on your part. We all know that being active is essential for our overall physical health and hence, must make it a priority in our lives, with or without a global pandemic that has us stuck in quarantine. As difficult as it may be in the beginning, always remember that the longer you commit to a daily exercise routine, the easier it will get.

4. Reconnect with Loved Ones!

Life gets in the way of a lot of things, and one of those things include keeping in touch with your loved ones, near and far. Think about the last time you talked or texted someone you used to be really close with; it’s been a while, hasn’t it? Use this time to reconnect and fill each other in on everything the other person has missed out on since you last talked. One of the perks of doing this is that it strengthens the bond between you and your friends/family which, in turn, does wonders for your mental wellbeing.

5. Declutter the House!

A busy schedule makes it rather difficult to maintain a clutter-free home, let alone a tidy one. Things get pulled from one place and randomly dumped in another, leaving your house looking like a complete mess! Since most working individuals and/or parents seem to constantly be in a hurry, there never seems to be any time to tackle the clutter in the home. Until now, of course! Decluttering your house is a fairly simple task; it’s just a matter of choosing to give away things that you don’t need anymore while discarding the rubbish that is causing household clutter. Once you’ve gotten a bunch of stuff out of the way and created more storage space, organising everything else will be a lot easier. 

6. Spring Clean!

It doesn’t matter what time of year or season it is, spring cleaning takes a lot of time and that’s exactly what you have right now! Best of all, you can take your own sweet time with it by cleaning small areas of your home each day as opposed to wearing yourself out by working in a rushed manner. During the quarantine, it is also a good idea to stay on top of your home cleaning needs by getting into a daily cleaning routine (if you don’t already have one).

7. Redo Your Garden!

Giving your garden a makeover isn’t as hard as you think. In fact, it’s a great DIY task that you can enjoy with your kids and/or partner. Simple things like pulling out weeds, trimming hedges, replanting or planting new seeds, painting the fence a new colour, and adding garden ornaments, among other small changes, can really do wonders for your garden! Best of all, you get to enjoy being outside without worrying about any risks related to COVID-19.

8. Online Courses!

You’d be surprised at how many institutes offer free online courses in various subjects and/or professions, some of which will not only add to your knowledge-base, but certainly look good on your resumé, too. On the other hand, if you are simply looking to take up a new hobby or broaden your knowledge on a particular field or area of work, you will find plenty of online courses in web designing, music and arts, animal welfare, and more. If it’s true that every day is a learning experience, free online courses are a great way to awaken the opportunist in you!

9. Play Games!

For so many reasons, the current situation with COVID-19 is stressful enough without one sitting and dwelling on it. This doesn’t mean that you should not stay up to date with the latest news on the pandemic but rather take a break from it and have a little fun. The world needs more laughter and smiles right now, and that’s exactly what you can find in the little things like playing games with your family. What’s more, thanks to technology, you can play dozens of online games with loved ones from afar (because social-distancing isn’t going away anytime soon).

10. Cook New Dishes!

You can learn to cook or bake practically anything on the internet! Best of all, it’s flooded with so many easy recipes that make some incredibly tasty dishes, not to mention a lot of healthy ones too. It’s true; most of us can and should be eating less junk food, and cooking new, healthy dishes is a great way to start. Once you really get into the cooking spirit, you’ll be more motivated to stick to healthy eating while saving tons of money that would otherwise be spent on ordering in!

11. Puzzles!

It’s important to keep your mind active during a time when you’re tempted to idle your days away. Along with reading, another productive thing to do in quarantine is a puzzle (or puzzles). Of course, they come in various forms so whatever puzzles you choose to solve, make sure that they interest you rather than bore you. Some of the classics include jigsaw puzzles, word puzzles, and number puzzles, while many new and innovative problem-solving puzzles can be found online or in the form of apps that you can play on a device. The choice is yours!

12. Arts and Crafts

Another kid-friendly thing to do with the family – arts and crafts is a broad category that covers a wide area of creatives. Right from making jewellery from scratch, to painting or doodling; you can do just about anything you want! So, get those creative juices flowing and start expressing your artistic self; you might just be pleasantly surprised and impressed with the results.

13. Document Your Days!

Now that you’ve decided to be more productive with your free time at home, why not document parts of your day? It’s a great way to monitor progress as well as to save memories during a very unusual time in your life. Moreover, years from now, all the home videos you make are going to be absolute treasures that will pass down from generation to generation. If you want to get really creative, go a step further and check out some tips on how to vlog like a pro. Who knows, you might even be able to monetise this hobby!

These are just a few things you can do to stay productive during quarantine, surely you may have other ideas in mind depending on your hobbies and likes and dislikes. The great part about the activities above, though, is that once you get into them, you’ll definitely want to continue doing them even when your schedule goes back to normal!

Karen Saunders


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