So I’ve been at this longer than the US has – I self-quarantined two weeks earlier than Italy’s lockdown because of M – she CANNOT get coronavirus. So now we’re tucked up at home, and I wanted to share some of our wisdom for what to do with all this new time. Granted, we’re not all that wise, but still.
Work From Home
Some people have been able to work from home, and if you’re not used to it, you might find your productivity dropping. I strongly recommend putting together a mobile office, so that you can change workspaces as wanted – work from your porch, your living room, or a tree in the woods if you want. Also from my professional blog, some productivity tips to keep you going.
Learn Something New
I love learning. With all of this free time on your hands, take some free college courses in topics that interest you or develop some new professional skills. EdX, Coursera, and OpenUniversity have online courses from the top universities that you can take at your own speed, covering a wide range of subjects. You can also check KhanAcademy and TedTalks for other information, or just search Youtube for skill-building videos from experts.
Infuse Some Culture In Your Life
You may not be able to travel at the moment, but that doesn’t mean you can’t see the world. Visit museums around the world, such as the Louvre, the Guggenheim, or the Museum of Natural History, see the Vatican, and tour NASA. You can also enjoy streamed operas, songs from Broadway stars, streamed musical concerts, and more.
Enjoy Theme Parks And Zoos
Beyond museums, enjoy the live webcams set up at zoos and aquariums, or tours of your favorite theme parks. Watch the pandas at ZooAtlanta, and Monterey Bay Aquarium has a variety of webcams so you can watch different fish or the penguins live as they go about their day. And of course, the San Diego Zoo has plenty of cameras to check in on!
The theme parks are best if you have VR goggles, although they’re not required. Visit DisneyWorld and LegoLand and go on rides or just roam the campus. With the goggles, you’ll feel like you’re really on the rollercoaster.
Start A Business
If you’ve dreamed of being an entrepreneur, now’s the time. Fine tune your business idea, write up a business plan, build the website, start making product, and put a marketing plan in place. I built my petsitting business while recovering from surgery and operated in the black almost from the beginning for three years. Large blocks of free time like this are excellent for working out the details, and right now, the quarantine is changing how people live their lives, so you can get in at the ground floor of industries before the market is oversaturated.
Engage In Some Self-Care
Dim the lights, put on a light and fun movie or some relaxing music, and spoil yourself. Do a face mask and a deep conditioning treatment, paint your nails, read a trashy romance novel.
Connect With Friends And Family
Skype with your cousin that you rarely get to see, or play Words With Friends with a high school buddy. I’ve skyped with family back in the States and reconnected with other family members, since everyone’s schedule is more flexible. Netflix also released a Chrome extension so that you can watch T.V. with friends, even if you’re hunkered down in different locations.
Take Up A Hobby (Or Rediscover One)
I am wishing I had bought a cello, since I want to take it up again. So if you’ve been meaning to learn how to play the guitar that’s sitting in your attic, now’s the time. Learn to crochet or knit, take up painting, or practice playing chess. I’ve been playing video games a little bit each day – PlanetZoo is amazing and The Sims 4 is having sales on the expansion packs if you want to add to your collection. Whatever your interests are, you have plenty of time right now to turn them into a habit.
There’s no reason for this time to be wasted – you have weeks ahead of you to do all the things you claim you don’t have time for!