Given everything that’s going on, I thought I’d share this list of productive things to do when you are bored at home… and social distancing. Be safe, stay safe, and try a couple of these things to do.
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Productive things to do when you are bored at home
1. Update your resume
Global economies are in flux at the moment. Job losses have become the norm.
So, now is the time to update your resume just in case you need to apply for a new job in the upcoming months.
2. Make a list of things you are good at
Brainstorm your skill-set. What are you good at?
Creating this list will take your mind off the craziness of 2020 and focus it instead on the future.
Having this list can also help you with your new job search and potential business ventures.
3. Think about business ideas
Do you have a solution for a common problem? Can you provide a service to make someone’s life easier? Are you passionate about innovating?
You can use the answers to these questions to create your very own business plan or products and work towards expanding your revenue stream.
Research is the key to being productive.
So, research your ideas. Look into your competition. Familiarize yourself with the past and present options available to potential customers.
A couple of hours of research can save you both time and money – two precious commodities at the moment.
5. Learn a new skill
What skills do you need to be a better boss? Or to be more hireable? What can help you succeed?
Learning new skills can push you to the front of your field and make you feel more confident in your own expertise.
6. Sign up for online courses
There are lots of premium online courses being offered for free during this pandemic. Make full use of them. Sign up! Take the plunge. Audit the courses. And don’t forget to take notes.
Self-learning and self-improvement are perfectly productive things to do when you are bored at home.
7. Build a prototype, if possible
This takes thinking about potential business ideas (tip #3) to the next level. It executes your vision. You can work out a lot of kinks in your product ideas when you can actually build it.
If you are under a shelter-in-place order, building your prototype may not be possible. That’s ok. Conceptualize your idea as much as you possibly can while social distancing and staying safe. Executing and building will come after.
8. Journal your experience social distancing
Keeping a journal can help you organize your thoughts and express your emotions during this crisis. You can use this tip as a form of catharsis to release your anxieties and fears. Journaling can provide a great avenue to do that.
You can also keep a journal to show your kids when they are older or your grandkids. We are currently living through a major global pandemic and economic meltdown.
Having a familial account of the times can give great insight to future generations on what to expect during a crisis… Toilet paper shortages may be ridiculously hilarious in the future.
Your writing could also provide source material for future books, art, films, and other forms of media.
9. List what makes you happy
This is pretty similar to tip 2: make a list of things you are good at. The point here is to figure out what you love to do and what makes you happy.
Do you love photography? Or baking? What about teaching?
Now, can you leverage your list to earn an income? Especially a passive income?
For instance, you can sell your photographs online or start a blog or vlog to share your baking adventures. As for teaching, you can sell lesson plans or fun activity ideas to parents currently at home with their kids.
The sky is the limit.
10. Make a post-pandemic bucket list
Instead of worrying about the pandemic, think about what comes after. What do you miss the most? What do you wish you could do right now, if there wasn’t a crisis?
Make your full post-pandemic bucket list. And, when you are done, create a plan to achieve each and every item on the list. Life’s too short! Achieve them all!
What are you doing to stay productive during this crisis? Share it in the comments below.
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