My school has been closed for over a month, and with the proliferation of headlines like “Social Distancing May Last Until 2022”, it seems like there is no end in sight. What should you do when you’re stuck at home? Here are seven ideas:
- Read!– This is a book blog, so of course I’m going to be suggesting this, but reading really is a great way to spend your free time. I am usually extremely busy, so staying at home has given me lots more time to read books. The library is closed, but you can usually check out ebooks with apps like Libby, and YouTube is full of audiobooks you can listen to for free. You can also order books online if you prefer print copies.
2. Start a new project– I actually started this blog a few weeks ago while I was at home doing nothing, and it turns out I really love writing book reviews and blog posts. I’ve also been working on some programming projects with this extra time. Try something new that ordinarily you wouldn’t have time for!
3. Get ahead in school– It’s kind of hypocritical for me to say this because I’ve been struggling to focus on school while being stuck at home, but this is the perfect time to do some extra studying (AP exams, anyone?) and make sure you are on top of your academics.
4. Clean/declutter– Chances are, there’s a room/folder/drawer somewhere in your house that is just an absolute mess. Take some time to declutter! You will feel really good about yourself, and your life will be more organized because of it.
5. Organize your life– in the same vein as the previous tip, quarantine is the perfect time to get your life together. I would not consider myself a naturally organized person, so it’s really important for me to use my planner and write down my goals, online class times, and assignments. If I write myself a schedule, I (usually) get more things done and feel way less stressed.
6. Work out– If you’re struggling to be productive, doing some exercise can be really helpful. You can do a 10-minute home workout, yoga, or take a walk around your neighborhood. It will probably make you feel better!
7. Video call with friends– The other day, my friends and I set up a group Zoom call, and it was really fun. It’s important to catch up with friends, even if you can’t meet in person. Zoom is good for large groups, and you can also use FaceTime, WhatsApp, Google Hangouts, Skype, etc.
I hope you enjoyed this article and consider trying out some of these options. Remember to stay home and stay safe!