The pandemic has kept billions of people around the world stuck at home. With non-essential businesses closing temporarily and governments encouraging people to only go outside for important reasons, many find themselves stuck at home for the foreseeable future.
For the first few weeks, you might be entertained by looking at your smartphone to check social media and watch video platforms, like YouTube and Netflix. But after a while, it might start to feel boring and unproductive and you’ll want to do something else.
Here are three ways to increase your productivity and make the most out of your time.
Take an Online Learning Course
The online course you pick doesn’t necessarily have to be related to your work. Though it would certainly help if you’re looking to climb the career ladder or make yourself stand out in a competitive job market. It can also be about your hobby, passion, or just a skill you’ve always wanted to learn but never had the time for it.
Plenty of organizations and universities have provided free online courses ever since quarantine began. Other websites charge a fee but give exclusive access to all their videos.
Here are a few to consider:
- Khan Academy – science & technology, arts and humanities, economics and financial literacy
- Masterclass – classes in all categories, taught by prominent figures in various industries
- Skillshare – arts, film, lifestyle, creative writing, photography, business
- Udacity – nanodegrees for career enhancement
- edX – online courses from esteemed schools, like Harvard, MIT, Berkeley, Sorbonne, and more
Find a Hobby
One of the reasons you feel unproductive is because your social media browsing is showing no progress. Social media apps were deliberately built to keep you hooked, and because scrolling through your feed never ends, you never feel that sense of accomplishment or progress and you just continue to scroll.
If you limit the time you spend on social media, you’d be surprised how much free time you have for other activities. Plenty of these hobbies can help you progress and increase your productivity. When you practice gardening, you can see a seed or sapling grow into a plant. You feel productive when you bake because of the output you make. Even reading makes you feel productive because you can see how far you’ve gone into the book.
Practice a Healthy Diet
Since you’re stuck at home, you might be much more sedentary or finding it difficult to exercise inside your home. Part of the reason you’re feeling restless or sluggish may be due to your diet. Some food products can make you feel this way. And if you feel bored, you might be tempted to munch on a snack that may only make you feel even more bloated.
A few examples include chips, baked goods, snacks with artificial sweeteners, and pasta. Instead of these processed snacks, try purchasing fruits and vegetables. Choose healthier options, like squeezing your own fresh orange juice with healthy pulp instead of pre-packed juice filled with sugar and preservatives. Watching what you eat not only keeps you healthy during the quarantine, but also gives you the energy to do more activities.
For many of us, the quarantine can make us feel unproductive and stagnant. With so many ways to stay productive indoors, there’s no reason to spend the next few weeks doing nothing in your free time.
Ally Gonzales is the founder & editor-in-chief of RunningSoleGirl. Along with blogging she is also juggling attending college and majoring in Exercise and Sports Science with a Sports Management minor.