Tips to help you make productive use of your quarantine time
Everybody’s social media stream has been packed with quarantine challenges, including baking challenges, fitness challenges, etc Unless you’ve been stuck under a rock for the last few months, you must have seen these posts. If you are trying to make productive use of your quarantine time organizing and cleaning your home is another option,
Like most, the simple thought of having to warranty and spending 14 days stuck at home with me gives me a slight sense of dread. But once I got over these feelings, the challenge of how to keep myself busy and mentally healthy during this quarantine period began. Here is what I learned.
#1 Start by setting a routine
In my experience, the most important thing you can do to help productively use your quarantine time. Best to create a daily routine starting with a morning ritual. Whether it’s playing some cheerful music, doing some yoga stretches, simply making a morning brew of coffee, whatever you can do to help set your daily tone and do it at a set time every day. Resist the temptation to hit snooze and try to get up early every day trust me your internal clock will benefit from it following the two weeks. Resist the temptation to pick up your phone and check your messages, emails Facebook feed or whatever take at least 10 to 15 minutes to yourself first.
#2 Start by cleaning your space
The next thing you want to do is start your day in a clutter free need for a workspace that will help you relax, refuse distractions and remain calm and focused. So if you haven’t already cleared up your workspace do it now try to make your home a teen crisp place that fills you with positive energy.
#3. Plan your day
Depending on your personality, you may get away with setting a weekly schedule or even daily schedules to start off. I tried to divide my work day into 8 hours and set a task for each. I put them on the wall using post-its and put them in order, but I couldn’t miss them. I said a daily goal and put this at the top and broke this goal down into achievable pieces. Focus on what and why you are doing something want you to achieve when you completed and this will help you pick relevant daily and weekly tasks at your plan..
#4. Take a break
Respect you think you may be inactive and stuck in your home. It’s important that you take out a pleasant break. if you can get some sunshine, even just walk around your garden or go to the roof, anything that’ll help you re-energize and focus back on your goals.
#5 Avoid distractions
Obviously staying informed is important, but living on news feeds and social media platforms will not help. It’s easy to over consume news and other information, and this could easily leave you overwhelmed and feeling depressed. Beyonce yourself I will not change in the space of 24 to 48 hours. It’s time to focus on what you can do and start using your technology in a more productive manner turn off your news feeds and social media notifications and restrict your access to 30 minutes in the evenings.
#6 Eat a healthy diet
Keeping your body in mind fuels is vital to remain physically and mentally healthy during quarantine. If they focus you productively use your quarantine time trying to avoid refined sugars ready-made meals take outs on any type of junk food focus on eating seeds, nuts, fresh vegetables, and fruits, trying to cook every day. It may even be a time to try some new recipes one of my friends turned vegetarian during her 14-day quarantine. It’s been happily avoiding me for the last 3 months.
#7 Exercise for an hour every day
You have 24 hours in the day but you no longer have access to your party studio yoga studio or gym you could take advantage of many free online classes if you’re looking to remain productive during quarantine whatever you try to remain physically active for at least an hour every day. Turn my quarantine I exercise 20 minutes in the morning, 20 minutes in the afternoon and 20 minutes in the evening.
#8 Try meditation
As you mentioned previously, you’re going to struggle to find enough activities to fill your day. Another tip for productively using your quarantine time is to practice meditation. Stress anxiety and negative thoughts and quickly overwhelm you if you let them and they can kill any productivity. Meditation will help you remain focused and also help you sleep in the evening by getting you in the right headspace.
#9. Communicate with friends and family
One of the most difficult aspects of quarantine is isolation it leaves many people alone for 14 days but thankfully you don’t have to miss out on checking in with your colleagues family or friends there are many avenues you can use online one of the most popular being zoom
#10 Maintain your appearance
Whether this means putting on your makeup every morning is shaving one of the most rewarding ways to remain productive during quarantine is to continue to maintain your appearance take a shower everyday brush your teeth regularly change your clothes and start your day on a fresh footing
We hope that the 10 tips above will help you get through the 14-day quarantine as the thought of not being able to go to the gym see friends or family aren’t even leave your hotel room can daunt for most people I can directly affect your productivity and your mood and if you’re not careful, you’ll find yourself blue to your couch binging Netflix shows. While doing this for 14 days might be okay for some people, it could be dangerous for others. I’m not saying that you have to do all 10 things listed above but hopefully they’ll inspire you to try some of them and make productive use of your quarantine.