I know the state you’re in right now because it’s the state most of us have all been in this past week. Sitting on your couch, maybe still in your pajamas even though it’s 3 pm, snacking instead of eating real meals all day. You may have felt the first couple of days of self-quarantine that finally things can slow down and you can binge that Netflix show you’ve been looking forward to starting, but now you’re realizing that you can’t keep living like this. There’s no telling how long this quarantine will go on, and we must save ourselves from slipping into this way of life for these next couple of months. So, here are a few tips so that you can make the most out of quarantine.
Write a list of things that you want to accomplish that you can start working on from home.
These can be things that you’ve always wanted to do or something you’ve decided you feel ready to do now that the opportunity has presented itself. Some activities to consider are starting a blog or writing poetry, setting a fitness goal (see below), downloading Duolingo and learning a new language, picking up a book you’ve always meant to read, purchasing a Masterclass you think sounds interesting, or learning calligraphy or how to code. The options are endless. Once you’ve written down around ten, make a plan for yourself as to how you’re going to devote your time to each activity so that you’re working towards your goals each day.
Tips for working from home
- Maintain regular hours. If you need to, set an alarm in the morning so that you don’t sleep through half the day. Make sure to go to bed at a reasonable hour so you wake up ready to do it all over again the next day.
- Stick to your regular morning routine. If you’re a morning shower person usually, take that morning shower. Get dressed. Have some coffee and breakfast. Brush your teeth. Pretend that you really are going to school or work but you just have a very short commute. Make sure to pry yourself out of bed and actually sit at a desk. When you work in bed it actually decreases your quality of sleep because your brain will eventually start to associate where you sleep as a workplace. Making the effort to seperate them will benefit both your sleep quality and your work productivity.
- Communicate, communicate, communicate. Currently, everything is being done over technology. If you’re managing or are part of a group, this can lead to a lot of misunderstanding and disconnect if not everyone is in the room physically. Let people know when you’re available often and make sure people know what they have to do and by when.
Set aside time to do some physical activity.
We all know that we should be working out, but that doesn’t mean we’ll do it. But staying active has been proven to combat anxiety and stress and boost productivity, and we all need a good dose of that during these very strange times. Exercising doesn’t have to be an hour-long sweat sesh, but just some sort of movement to keep your body relaxed and energized throughout the day. This can be going for a walk, laying down a towel and doing some light stretching or yoga, playing a ball game with your siblings, doing chores such as sweeping or gardening, or putting on some great music and having a dance party. Don’t let the image of what you think exercise must look like prevent you from just moving your body in a way that is enjoyable to you.
Put down your devices.
It’s easy to scroll through Instagram endlessly or lose track of time watching movie after movie, but falling into that habit will lead to the piling up of wasted days. Instead, make sure to include time for relaxation so that you have something to look forward to at the end of the day. Leave your phone in your bedroom and set yourself up at your desk or on the kitchen table to work. Or, if you need to use your phone to be productive, temporarily deleting your most distracting apps could be beneficial in deterring you from straying from your schedule.
Reach out to your friends.
Everyone is going through a nerve-racking time right now and most of us are looking for someone to talk to. Now is a great time to call or even FaceTime people you haven’t seen in a while. It will brighten their day and I’m sure it’ll brighten yours too.
Come up with ways that you can be a positive influence.
Actively searching for ways you can help out within your dorm room or in your apartment with your family can make a big difference in improving everyone’s quarantine experience. You can do things like make everyone breakfast, take on the responsibility of allocating chores, send around funny memes that will make everyone laugh, or let everyone know how grateful you are that they are in your life and healthy.
Self-quarantine during Coronavirus is a new, scary, and unprecedented requirement that most everyone is dealing with right now. Just remember that you’re not alone if you’re feeling frightened or confused. There’s no telling how long this could go on for, but deciding that you’re going to find the silver lining at home and being there for each other is the best way to get through this.