10 Productive Things to Do During the Coronavirus Pandemic
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In the age of coronavirus, social distancing and stay-at-home orders are in place across the country, making life feel far from normal. While you're no longer living your regular day-to-day routine and are trapped at home, you can still be productive and find things to do during coronavirus.
Trust us, there's more to do than just binge-watch your favorite TV show.
We'll walk you through 10 productive things to do and ways to make the most out of your time while staying at home.
1. Analyze your budget
Unfortunately, our economy has taken a hit due to the coronavirus and as such, it's an important time to reassess your current budget and spending habits and see where you can tighten spending during these tough times.
While quarantined at home, make a list of all of your essential payments and then analyze your bank and credit card statements for the last few months to see how you're spending your money. This will help you highlight where you can cut back and save money. Not only will analyzing your budget pass the time at home, but it'll also be helpful for you in the long run.
2. Update your resume and LinkedIn profile
Whether you're working from home or are temporarily out of work, it's always smart to update your resume and LinkedIn profile with your most recent professional accomplishments.
Take a day (or two) to update your resume and professional profiles so they showcase all of your professional qualities that make you an excellent job candidate.
3. Deep clean your home
You may be in the habit of weekly chores, but when is the last time you thoroughly cleaned your apartment? We're talking about shampooing the carpet and couch cushions, wiping the walls, washing all the blankets and bedspreads and scrubbing tile grout.
If you're looking for productive things to do during coronavirus, a deep clean for your home is a great thing to add to your list. You can make a list of all the tasks you want to accomplish and tackle one (or more!) each day. This will create a fresh, clean and safe living space for you and your family.
4. Organize your digital life
From email inboxes to social media profiles to photo files, our digital life can seem contained on the screen, but in reality, it can be an unorganized mess. When at home during the coronavirus outbreak, take some time to clean up your digital files.
Delete duplicate photos and store the rest to a hard drive for safekeeping. Update your social media profiles by adding new photos or erasing people who detract from your happiness.
Go through all of your emails, work and personal, and try to get your inbox to destination zero. All of these things are ways to occupy your time and help give you more mental space when stuck at home.
5. Declutter your drawers
Once you've chipped away at your deep clean list, it's time to address the nooks, crannies and junk drawers in your apartment. This can take up a lot of time, so we've listed a few areas to consider decluttering when you're looking for productive things to do:
- Medicine drawer or cabinet
- Kitchen and bathroom drawers
- Under-bed storage
- Cleaning supply cupboard
- Nightstand drawer
- CD and DVD collection
- Office and craft supply area
- Seasonal decorations
- Garage (if applicable)
- Outdoor activity gear
6. Rearrange your furniture
Ever heard of feng shui? In essence, it's the Chinese practice of arranging and placing items in a certain way to create harmony. During these chaotic and uncertain times, everyone could benefit from some added harmony in their home.
So, take this time to practice feng shui in your own apartment by rearranging your furniture and objects and redecorating to create a more balanced and energetic vibe in your place.
7. Set fitness goals
Tired of binge-watching your favorite shows? Well, now is a perfect time to set new fitness goals and actually start them. You may have been lax on your New Year's Resolutions, but it's never too late to start them up again!
Find an at-home workout program to follow or simply take a stroll around your apartment complex (while practicing safe social distancing, of course). Working out is good for both your physical and mental health.
8. Take an online class
If you're a student, it's likely that your classes are now all online. But what if you've graduated and are still looking to learn? You can find plenty of online classes out there that you can register for and take remotely.
Whether it's learning a new language on an app like Duolingo or taking a statistics class from your local community college, chances are there are online extended learning courses available to you.
9. Read a variety of books
Reading is a form of extended learning, so why not take this time at home to read everything from the classics to self-help books to fiction? Take turns rotating from Shakespeare to Brene Brown to J.K. Rowling. Now is a great time to actually read the books you've had on your shelf but never opened.
10. Play games
When is the last time you played a game of Monopoly or Go Fish? These classic childhood games are a great thing to do during coronavirus. They allow you to take a mental break from the news cycle and focus on simple strategy or sheer luck.
Spend your at-home time wisely
While it's easy to get caught up in reading the news or watching TV on repeat, it's essential to find productive and fun things to do during coronavirus to keep you sane. These 10 ideas can help you pass the time and accomplish necessary and fun tasks while safely social distancing at home.