So it’s been tough you guys.
I know I am one of the lucky ones. I don’t have to put my life on the line every single day to do my job.
But it kind of feels like I have been stuck in limbo, where I am not sure where anything I do right now will have any consequences or rewards.
Will laying in bed all day make me miss out on college or work?
Will going to sleep at 6:00 a.m. and waking up for lunch have any consequences?
Other than my mom banging on my door at lunchtime… not really….
Will it be such a big deal if I don’t put out a post today?
Will all my followers just up an leave?
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So what does it mean when we are stuck in a time when our actions have no consequences or rewards?
Does it mean we don’t have to do anything at all?
Just because there aren’t any external rewards or consequences, doesn’t mean we shouldn’t impose any internally.
And don’t be frightened by the word productive or productivity. Your version of a productive day and mine will not look the same.
And sometimes I feel like I can be more productive and valuable at home, than I did before the lockdown.
We were just stuck with the illusion of productivity.
Just because we were physically travelling outside our homes we thought we were being more productive. I would just be in a different place, sometimes hanging out with people, sometimes sitting in a lecture – but that doesn’t necessarily mean either of those two activities were productive for me or would be productive for you.
I was just functioning under the illusion of productivity because I was just elsewhere.
We all have 24 hours in our day to make the most of the time we have on earth. The crises we see from around the world should be a wake-up call to us to understand that, we have so much and we should use it justly.
The key here is ACCOUNTABILITY.
We should hold ourselves accountable for what we have to do in a day because no one else will. And we owe ourselves that much.
We have to work hard every day to improve our minds, bodies, and quality of life to become the best versions of ourselves.
These are acts of self love.
And it’s also perfectly fine to not do anything at all because we all deserve a break from time to time. By being productive I don’t mean to fill your 24 hours with tasks and things to do, I mean just to do something that makes you be or feel a little better than you did the day before.
Just because the world is on pause, doesn’t mean you have to be either. There is always something to do:
Here are some suggestions to help you make the best use of your time.
HOW TO BE PRODUCTIVE IN QUARANTINE:
1.Make your bed
Wait! Wait! Wait!
Before you close the tab, I am not secretly an agent sent by your mom to make you make your bed. I swear on Beyonce!
There is a reason behind this request / suggestion.
Making your bed is a relatively simple act but the impact is ten times the time it takes to do it. Making your bed is your way of getting one small thing done, right when you wake up. It’s such a small task, but it’s one thing you have accomplished within five minutes of waking up.
It sets the tone for the day i.e. You are someone who can get things done.
And just think in a couple of hours you get to jump back in a cozy nicely made bed. Yes, I see you sly nappers.
2. Write down your goals or task list for the day
You can do this on a sticky note or a book or even use an app like to-do which is what I use to figure out what I want to get done in a day. And I write it down in a book as it kind of cements the fact that something needs to get done.
3. Play some music and vibe
Now that you have set your tasks for the day, it’s time to get psyched. You really need to be the one who makes you happy and please don’t expect anyone else to make you happy.
Turn on your favourite happy playlist and belt out or just vibe to your favourite music.
Here are YouTubes top recommendations for self love playlists:
Self-Love Playlist by Sara Laughed – This one has more pop songs and acoustic chill songs that will make you happy if that’s the kind of music you are into.
Self Love Songs by Vickie Neal – This one has pop, hip hop and a bunch of genres mixed together
4. Move that body baby!
Exercise and movement release endorphins. Every now and then a new trend comes along trying to get everyone on board, but that doesn’t mean you have to join them.
Just because everyone else seems to be Chloe Ting-ing or using Sarah’s discovery, doesn’t mean you have to. You can do something super chill and relaxed. As long as you do that, you should be good.
Here are some of my favourite super chill and easy suggestions. These are my personal favourites, I love these two videos and I am sure you will see great results too (especially if you hate running like me)
– Strething is super important
And here are two super fun suggestions:
Pop Sugar Fitness and The Fitness Marshall have amazing results and are so fun to do.
PSA: Do not pressure yourself to look like the teachers in the video or put in as much energy as the. They are doing this after years of training. Do what you can as much as you can.
And if you want something with a Bollywood twist and slightly more complicated:
5. Shower and Get Ready
It’s time to send a message to your mind that you are awake and ready to take on the day. And how do you do this usually when you could go to work and college?
Take a shower and change your clothes
You don’t have to put on makeup or wear a suit. Changing out of your pajamas is a good enough effort during the quarantine.
I am proud of you, if you have made it this far.
Usually, when I am done with this much, I get a little tired. I am sure, most of you must have felt the midday slump. It’s about the time you would want to take a nap, please try not to.
Instead, do something relaxing and peaceful. Draw or doodle, make and eat a small snack, read a book, etc. Something easy, peasy, light, and breezy.
Yes, taking time to be at peace and ease your mind is a way to be productive in quaranntine.
7. Get to your tasks
Now it’s time to once again pull out your task list and make your way through it. You don’t have to do it all, but at least do your top 3. The joy of ticking tasks off your to-do list is just something else.
If you really cannot think of things to do to fill up all this time, I can help you with that.
List of productive tasks to do during quarantine:
a.Join a class
This class could be about anything from ballet to photography, the choice is yours. It doesn’t need to be something super intellectual, difficult, or career-defining. Just join a class about something you are curious to learn about.
Here are some possible platforms you could use to start learning:
This is a platform where experts from each and every single possible industry teach you classes based on their personal experiences. From R.L. Stine to Gordon Ramsey, Anna Wintour to Bobbi Brown – everyone has a class to teach you.
Con: The classes have only a yearly subscription.
But if you are a curious learner, and want to hear the facts directly from the source, Masterclass is a great investment.
This platform has classes on literally every single thing you could think of from pottery to flat lay photography and even flower arrangement. I love the UI/UX and have taken multiple writing classes on this platform.
This platform has classes on most educational and business-related subjects. But a great plus point is most of the classes are created by the top universities in the world. So if you do complete the classes, you would have completed a mini-course from a prestigious institution and that is a great thing to have on your resume.
b.Deep clean house /room
Cleaning can be a super relaxing and enjoyable activity if you allow it to be. Whether you want to clean your whole house or just your room, the choice is yours. Take the time to go into the crevices and the nooks and crannies and really get out all the dirt and grime. Nothing says you had a productive day like a sparkling clean house or room.
c.Learn a new language
Okay so I don’t know Spanish, but ever since I watched Money Heist on Netflix, I am in love with the language. I downloaded an app called Spanish word of the Day, and it worked really well for me. So right now I know a bunch of Spanish words, but I am not really sure how to use it in a sentence…
So a better idea would be to actually enroll in a course or download an app like Duolingo (haven’t tried it yet) to try and learn a language that you have always been fascinated with. Imagine coming out of this quarantine a multi-language speaking boss human.
How amazing would that be? And you can forever look back at this quarantine as the time you learnt (insert language here).
d.Try a new recipe
Hey! Don’t roll your eyes at me! I know you have tried making banana bread, dalgona coffee, and a bunch of other trendy recipes but have you tried all the recipes in the world?
Cooking is one of the best ways to be productive in quarantine.
YouTube is a great source for recipes and one of my favourite channels for easy baked goods recipes is Emma’s Goodies:
And another one that I go to for literally every single recipe is Tasty:
And if you want some delicious Indian homemade recipes, check out Jen’s Kitchen:
e. Create a new blog post/ video
You don’t HAVE to do this. But if you already have a blog or a YouTube channel, or a social media account to share something you care about, make content for that every single day. Even if it’s just coming up with ideas or writing script, just do a little bit. These small consistent actions help a lot in the small run.
f. Learn a new skill
These skills could be about anything. It just has to be something that will help you in your life and that you will find useful. This includes- video editing, photo editing, public speaking, etc.
If you have a large collection of anything, it could be make up clothes, wires, tools, trash, etc just sort through it. Find a way to organize these things in a way that would help you find everything you need in one go. If you are having trouble organizing these things, look for space-saving and organizing racks and boxes on Amazon. Trust me, you will not regret it.
h.Start long-term projects
“Tis the time, ladies and gentlemen. It is the time to do your “if I ever have the time for it” projects.
- Start a 1000 piece puzzle
- Knit a scarf
- Knit a blanket
- Create a paper mache anything
- Learn about issues and causes that mean something to you – (documentaries. Books, podcasts)
- Find ways to help people who are protesting or suffering around the world online
- Create a mini-golf ground at home
Start projects that are time-consuming and also insanely rewarding.
i. Create a budget or excel sheet to plan your finances
If you are living at home with your parents, chances are you aren’t really spending that much money. So now would be a good time, to create a budget for when you finally do get and have to spend money.
I honestly cannot think of a better use of your time and I think it is one of the best ways to be productive in quarantine.
Here is a super simple video to help you do that:
That’s it for my suggestions on tasks you could try to be more productive. Now let’s move on to the last step to be productive in quarantine.
8. Reward yourself
Once you have done the tasks you wanted to today, treat yourself! I think that is most important to be productive in quarantine.
Remember this is a tough time for all of us, so we all deserve a little something special for just going through it. We can’t all be productive all the time during the quarantine.
Watch your favourite Netflix show, have a Netflix watch party with your friends, face time with your friends and family, have a bubble bath, do a face mask, make a cocktail – do something that makes you happy and brings a smile on your face.
With that we come to the end of the post on how to be productive in quarantine.
I know we are struggling, humanity is suffering, but due to the threat of the virus, there is not much we can physically do.
Let’s look at this as a time to be grateful for what we have got and make the most out of what we have. We may never get this much time on our hands ever again, so let’s make the most of it.
BUT PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE REMEMBER…
Everyday does not have to be productive.
Be gentle and kind towards yourself if you don’t get some things done or don’t get anything done at all.
You are alive, you are quarantining to protect yourself and others. You are doing your best to be kind, help others, and grow and be better than you were yesterday.
That’s amazing too!
Go on and seize the day! Or don’t. just be kind to yourself no matter what the outcome.
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