In just a few days, I will have officially been home and quarantined for a full month. That is WILD. To do my part in society, I try to stay home as much as possible. Sure, I get outside to walk Whiskey and to workout in the backyard. I go to the grocery once every two weeks and stick to the 6ft rule whenever I’m out. This is our new normal, and we have to adapt to it just like we do with other bumps in the road. The first few weeks were a breeze. I got used to watching an episode of Smallville during my lunch break, and going for a mid-day walk when needed. After the first 2 weeks passed, I noticed I fell into this slump and mindset of “I literally can’t get anything done and this whole situation sucks.” The number one activity I miss is working out at the gym or pilates studio, but it’s a small price to pay if that means I’m safe and healthy at home. I really spent the last 2 weeks fine-tuning my strategy for staying productive while being home. That being said, below are my tips & tricks for being productive and staying sane while being home in quarantine.
Change your mindset.
Before I even get into how to stay productive while stuck at home, I wanted to point out on thing. You’re not stuck at home, you’re safe at home. It’s important to be mindful of your mindset through all of this. I get that it’s not ideal to be quarantined, but having a sh*tty outlook while this is going on really isn’t going to help anyone get through it. This is a serious, global pandemic, and we all have to do our part to keep each other healthy and safe by staying home as much as we can and by limiting our exposure through social distancing. Again, I know it’s not ideal to be home literally 24/7…but there are definitely ways to still be productive (if not more productive) than you were a month ago! Now that’s all said & done…let’s get into it.
This is a term that we’ve been throwing around at work and honestly it stuck with me. While we work from home and stare at our computer screens all day, it’s important find some digital distancing. So yes, turn off the TV, silence your phone, and close your laptop every once in a while. We all want to feel connected to others through our tiny screens and by watching the world’s new favorite tv show just so we can talk about it (like why is Tiger King a thing??)…HOWEVER, we do need a break too.Whether it’s fifteen minutes or a few hours, take some time to put all digital things aside and just have a moment to yourself.
Stay-at-home date night with your S.O. or dinner night with your roomies.
This is by far my favorite one. Just because you can’t go out for date night with your S.O. or girlfriends, bring the date-night & dinner home to you! Not only does this give your schedule some structure, it’s also something that you can look forward to. How this works is that you essentially pick one night of the week to be your “night out” (but really you’re staying in). You dress up for the part, just like you would if you went to your favorite bar or restaurant. Tons of restaurants are offering delivery and take out services, so you can still get the cuisine that you’ve been craving all week. I also think it’s important to order takeout when you can to help keep these restaurants alive and breathing. For obvious reasons, I would avoid inviting anyone over to do this because that goes against the whole social distancing idea. If you live alone, you can still dress up, cook your fav meal or order takeout, and FaceTime your friends / S.O.
Take time for yourself and listen to what your body, mind and soul need.
Let me tell you, sleeping in is probably the number one perk of this. I no longer have to add getting-ready time or commute time to my morning routine, which means one full extra hour or two of sleep. After the first week of extra sleep, I started to feel really guilty about it. I still worked a full day from 9-6, but for some reason, the extra hour of sleep made me feel so unproductive. I quickly learned that it’s really just what my body and mind needed during all of this. I’m not the type of person that can sit and watch a show and fully escape reality for hours on end. I wish I was, but my attention span lasts for about one episode and then I need to go do something else with my time before I watch anymore. For some folks, bingeing their favorite show is the way they deal with stress and can relax. It took me that first week to realize that sleep is my coping mechanism for dealing with the stress and anxiety of this whole situation. It’s the only time my body and mind are fully relaxed. Don’t feel guilty for not leaving the couch, for those extra hours of sleep, or for staying in your PJs. Take the time you need to cope with all of this!
De-clutter & organize.
Nothing makes my life feel more put together than having a clean, clutter free and organized home. Given that we are literally home all the time now, it makes sense to give your space some tender love and affection! During a regular workweek, most of us can separate our living quarters from our work space. During quarantine, our home and our working space all blend into one. Add a couple of roommates on top of that and there’s even less space to go around! To get organized, start by taking things off of shelves and wiping them down. Throw away old makeup & products you haven’t touched or that have expired. Separate the things you wear all the time to the things you haven’t touched in a year. File the paperwork and mail pile that has piled up on your kitchen counter. Wipe down EVERYTHING (not only to clean it but to sanitize it, too). Deep clean your fridge and organize your pantry. Honestly, I could go on and on with this list because I’m a clean freak and looove to organize. Nothing makes me happier. But trust me, when you organize and clean your space up, you’ll feel better about being home all the time, let alone working from home.
Try something new.
Whether it’s a social media app you’ve been dying to try, the yoga class you keep forgetting to go to, or the calligraphy handbook you have yet to open…so many individuals and businesses are providing resources and activities for the general public to do from the comfort of their living room. For me, it’s TikTok and practicing calligraphy. And to be honest, I’m quite annoyed with myself that I waited to be quarantined to try it! Nonetheless, this is the perfect time to take on a new hobby and stretch your limits and try something new. Who knows, you may end up really liking whatever you try!
Maybe it’s my mindset or maybe I’m just a homebody, but being home hasn’t been so bad for me. These activities have definitely helped keep me sane, though. How are you guys feeling through all of this? What are some ways you are staying busy, productive and sane? Comment below!