WHAT A YEAR 2020 IS TURNING OUT TO BE, and not in a good way. There’s just so many things happening left and right that it is really starting to become a strain on everyone’s mental health. We all need something to keep us busy at home, don’t we? Sitting in front of a television or your computer is great and all, but let’s face it unless what you’re doing is for work, it’s not really productive. However, it is totally fine to just sit back and relax once in a while but if you are looking for something to do that’s going to help you feel better, you may want to try the following things below. I’ve listed my top 3.
- ORGANIZE OR SET UP A HOME OFFICE
Since we are all more likely to work from home now until a vaccine for the COVID-19 virus is created, it is best if we are comfortable in the room where we will be working in. A cluttered surrounding can lead to a cluttered mind. Do you notice that when everything is organized and in order, you tend to breath easier, feel lighter, and you feel less frustrated?
It doesn’t need to have a large space like this home office from Almanaquedemulher. The space isn’t that big but it works! I love that it’s beside a window and you can take a quick break by looking out or looking away from the screen for a while.
This next small office is from Nord Room:
It is best to declutter your office or the things you need for your office so you can have enough space for the things you really need for work. Having a proper space at home where you can turn your mind on work mode really helps you be productive. My advice: DO NOT WORK ON YOUR BED. It will make you lazy and you will feel sleepy faster. Sit down on a chair, with your feet planted flat on the ground to prevent yourself from getting fidgety.
Here are some more pictures I’ve come across on Pinterest:
Ideally, everything you could need for work should be within reach so you won’t have to stand up. Moving carts like these could be big help.
When tidying up your home office, it is best to sort things by categories. Take the things you use daily and separate them from those that you rarely use. Putting away things that you rarely use gives you space to put more things that you use more nearer to you. If you have a lot of junk, now is the time to dispose of them. Now before putting back the things you deemed important, be sure to dust off your table or work space first. It is easier to do this now since the desk is clear.
Don’t forget to clean your keyboard, your monitor, or your laptop in general so they will look fresh as well. Take notice of your computer wires as well. Cables and cords can add to clutter so keep them hidden and out of the way.
Lastly, make sure that your home office is well ventilated and well lit. For some, it may not be ideal for them to work at home, but for now, let’s try to make it work.
- LEARN SOMETHING NEW
Whether it is a new language, cooking, or coding, there are lots of ways now in which you can learn from wherever you are. Have you heard of Udemy? Open Culture? Class Central? Most online classes learning websites have free online classes you can avail. You don’t have to pay anything if you don’t want to, but of course longer, more rigorous classes usually have a fee. The best thing I like about these websites is the fact that you can learn on your own schedule. That’s what I want because I have so many things to do in the morning and my only free time would be after 8 in the evening.
Webinars are great but usually they happen live so you really have to catch them at the set time.
Examples of classes you can enroll in:
– Personal development classes such as time management, leadership and management skills, Reiki if you are into that, presentation skills, mind mapping, negotiating
– IT and Software classes such as learning CISCO, ethical hacking, Linux, C++, making your own website
– Marketing classes like Facebook Ad Strategies, Instagram Marketing, business branding, SEO
– Photography and video editing
– Design courses like portraits, 3D modeling, photoshop
This not only improves yourself but also takes your mind off of things.
- PAMPER YOURSELF AT HOME
No need to go to a salon. You can pamper yourself in the comforts of your home. This will enable you to save money and also help you relax, all the while making sure you stay at home, where you are safe.
Just like everything else, first you need to make sure that you have all that you need at home. You can’t completely pamper yourself if you are missing things. Be sure that you have an idea on how you want to pamper yourself.
Others go for a spa day wherein they do skin care, nail care, hair care, and soak in the tub for about an hour. If you know how to trim your hair, good! If not, then that’s alright, you can go for a hair mask or a hair coloring session instead.
I would suggest trying a BUBBLE hair color. It’s a new type of hair coloring product wherein you don’t need to use a brush anymore. You just need gloves. The process of applying color to your hair is so much easier because it’s just similar to putting on shampoo. You lather it into your hair. There are a lot of videos you can check out on Youtube on how to do it. If you live alone, this will make things a whole lot easier for you.
You can also dedicate your pamper day into having quiet time by yourself. Take a break from your online work and do something that will help you feel more relaxed. Working at home has blurred the lines between work time and just being at home time. It’s much more stressful. Take time for yourself, eat your favorite food or listen to a podcast. Go do some gardening or go swimming. Just make sure to practice social distancing and using of masks.
In the end, no matter what you choose to do with your time, just make sure that you aren’t putting off too much work or to do because it might overwhelm you when the deadlines are too close to each other. Be sure to manage your time well at home. Try to copy the schedule you had before you began to work from home and maybe you will be able to give yourself some sort of routine. Routine is good because it prepares your mind and body for what is to come.
There are some days wherein we just can’t muster the strength to be productive, and that’s okay.
Have a great day!