Halloween and Bonfire Night are effectively cancelled. Many parts of the UK, and indeed the rest of the world. have recently been thrust back into lockdown and we will likely still be social distancing for the foreseeable future. But there is a silver lining. For many people, lockdown has been used productively – using the time to reflect, plan, learn and get tasks done. Of course, not everyone has used the time effectively- after all, there are so many distractions… spending a lot of time in front of the TV binge-watching Netflix or playing video games, for example. If the latter sounds like you, why not make the change today and start using this time for the better?
What are the benefits of keeping busy?
We are all living in strange and unusual times that none of us have ever faced before. For many of us, all aspects of our lives have changed including work, social time and even a simple trip to the supermarket. If you are finding the situation challenging mentally, it is really important to keep your mind active. Being productive during lockdown will also make the days go much quicker – trust me, this is definitely true. On top of this, you will feel generally better in yourself overall and have much more ‘get up and go’ about your attitude.
If you are struggling to keep productive during lockdown, I have put together some top tips to help you.
Create a to-do list
This is my favourite thing to do – lockdown or no lockdown. If you’re like me, you have a very busy mind with lots spinning around in it. Writing all of these thoughts and tasks down in a to-do list is a great way to clear out your mind, as well as feel a boost of motivation to crack on and get some of the tasks done. It’s also the best feeling ever when you get to tick something off at the end! It’s up to you how often you would prefer to write your list, whether that’s daily, weekly or monthly.
Quick and easy task ideas for your to-do list
- Sort out those drawers or cupboards (you know the ones I mean – where all the random bits and pieces get put)
- Organise and minimise your work or personal email inbox
- Organise your wardrobe – put all your winter clothes away and bring out your summer clothes
- Spring (or summer) clean your house
- Wash your curtains and blinds
- Organise your books, DVDs or CDs (if you’ve not already gone completely digital)
- File away any important paperwork
Learn Something New
Learning a new skill or gaining a qualification is a fantastic way to be spending your time stuck indoors. There are so many online courses available, both free and for a small fee. I have been developing my knowledge in social media marketing which will help my career, as well as learning about Rune Divination. Both of these diplomas are with Centre of Excellence and I will gain a qualification at the end. If you don’t want to undertake a course, learning a new skill like baking, cooking, sewing, drawing or even training your dog are all great.
Not only is reading relaxing, but it is also educational. Even if you are reading a fictional novel, you are absorbing vocabulary and learning about different situations. Your mind is able to wander and can actually be a great fuel for creativity and ideas. Of course, non-fiction is very informative and educational – make sure you pick a subject that interests you and that you want to learn more about.
If you are fancying a day in front of the TV, documentaries and docuseries are great. There are a huge range of topics available and definitely something to suit everyone’s tastes and interests. What’s more, you don’t have to feel guilty about binge-watching Netflix if you know it is providing you with education, right?
Whatever you are doing to keep busy, the most important thing is to be looking after your mental health and motivation. Trying out new ways to keep your mind active may just be what you need to get you through the rest of the time we have to social distance for.
How are you making the most of lockdown? #melusinetwork with your answers