It may feel like our lives are put on hold - trips canceled, weddings postponed, weeks or months spent away from loved ones. But this period does not need to mean time wasted or something worth wishing away. If anything, we're lucky! Thanks to the magical power of technology we can still turn to one another for tips and inspiration on how to navigate this strange time! Below I've listed some ideas if you've been feeling really unproductive at home and you've unsure where to begin.
You're going to be home for a while so you may as well start by making it feel fresh and comfy. I started by doing one full day of deep cleaning and now I dedicate some time every day to keeping my space tidy. Keep germs at bay and boost your mental well being while you're at it!
Having to give up your usual routine, going to work, gym and socializing can cause a major shock to the system. The best way to counter this is by setting up a self isolation schedule and trying to stick to it. Need some tips? I schedule my days around food. Three meals at set times of the day means I don't just constantly snack and I have something to look forward to or plan around. Here's an example of how I plan out my day. Keep an eye out on my blog as I'll be dedicating entire posts on ideas for creative tasks, self care, netflix recommendations and more.
We all have little jobs around the house that we never have time to get to. From changing that flickering light bulb, sorting through that stack of paper on the kitchen counter, repotting a plant, tidying the garden or putting away the christmas decorations (I know it's March but this is a no judgment zone). Make a list of the tasks you struggle to make time for and then aim to tick at least one thing off everyday.
Take this time to go through your emails, delete and clear out old mail that you don't need. Unsubscribe to newsletters you never read. Go through old apps and notes on your phone - take this time to get rid of anything that clogs up your storage. Future you will appreciate the time you took to create folders for emails and documents when you're back at work and knee deep in work emails with no such time to spare.
This is a good time to catch up on general life admin. Remind yourself what your health insurance covers. Is your driver's licence expiring soon? When last did you updated your personal insurance. If you are going to be tight on money in the upcoming months this is a great time to give your budgeting some extra attention.
The times ahead may be uncertain and challenging but that doesn't mean you have to go in unprepared. We may mostly be at home but many companies are still working from home and able to respond to basic enquires.
My nr.1 adulting hack? Sign up with 22Seven. It's an online budgeting platform that automates a otherwise daunting process and gives great tips and advice on managing your money!
This list is by no means exhaustive but it's a good start! We're all just figuring this out as we go along and I'd love to hear your thoughts. Leave a comment below if you've tried one of these or have any other tips for anyone going through the same thing!