5 Ways to Stay Productive During Quarantine
We are currently living in an unprecedented time due to the Coronavirus. The world as we once have known it, frankly, is no more. Countries are on lockdown, boredom is at an all-time high, and social distancing is the best solution to remaining healthy. For many, being confined to their homes has gotten old pretty quickly and with no end to isolation in sight, the best thing one can do is use their time wisely and get creative.
Sidebar: Thank you to those on the front lines putting themselves in harm's way to help/serve others and prayers to those affected. We all have a part to play in helping to #slowthespread.
While the future is uncertain, what you decide to do with the present matters more than ever. When everything seems to be going haywire, you have control of how you adapt and respond. There's a lot of condescending internet-talk about those who may be using their time at home to simply do nothing. This isn't that. If you've been unsure about how to be your most productive self and take advantage of the present, maybe this list of tips can help.
1. Set A Goal (Or A Few)
This is important. I know, everything is looking (memphis) bleak and it's easy to feel like you have nothing to look forward to. But the truth is, this won't last forever and the ultimate goal is to come out the other side stronger and better. Goal-setting can sometimes be counterproductive if the goals are unrealistic or if the "due date" arrives before you've achieved it, but the point isn't to try and accomplish every goal before this over. The point is to give yourself something to work towards whether daily or weekly, big or small. Just start, don't worry about the end.
2. Work On A Skill
Do you have something you've always wanted to learn to do? A hobby which you never had the time to dedicate? Now is the time to develop and hone those skills. We may be locked inside, but the world is still at your fingertips. Every day, new learning resources are being developed and introduced to help you improve from the comfort of wherever you are. Also, YouTube university is always an option. Take that step to level up your craft, or that hobby that brings you joy. You never know what you're good at until you try.
3. Make A Schedule
Okay, hear me out. As a self-proclaimed organizational buff, I personally thrive when I have a clear vision of what I need to get done. Checking items off of a list feels good. I can also see the progress I've made throughout the day and also where I've might have fallen short. Taking a minute or two to schedule out your day the night before will give you a jumpstart and help you use your time more wisely.
4. Take A Break, Or A Few
I know, this sounds basic as hell. Working from home is new to some of us and it's hard to know how to separate work time from leisure. The internet would have you believe if you aren't working 24/7 then you aren't working at all, even before social distancing orders. Add being home for weeks at a time and you can imagine the expectations. I'm here to tell you, let that ideology go. Work at your own pace, and take a break when necessary. This isn't a sprint, it's a marathon and we are here for the long haul so rest up.
5. Be Selective
This may be the hardest thing to do because EVERYONE is on the internet right now. It's a lot of misinformation being spread, there are people who still want to flex at a time like this, and just a lot of unhealthy behavior in general. This time is really revealing, and if you aren't careful you can be swept up and lost in the sauce like the chip broke. Now more than ever is a time when you should be selective with what you give your energy to and what you consume. Step away from social media, watch a comedy, dance around the room, whatever it takes.
Be safe, stay healthy.