So, Malaysians have been ordered to restrict our movement and stay at home from the 18 to 31 March due to the coronavirus 2019 disease that is sweeping the globe. Not only are private and government premises ordered to be closed, non-essential establishments will not be open either.
This includes restaurants and cafes, bookstores, hair and beauty salons, shopping malls, cinemas, theme parks and other places of interest. Thankfully, banks, hospitals and clinics, pharmacies and food supply shops will remain open for us to replenish the necessary.
1. Learn cooking, especially a dish you have wanted to learn.
Nowadays, we are lucky to have cooking channels and Youtube videos with step-by-step instructions. What have you long dreamed of cooking or learning from the maestro in the kitchen?
Grocery stores and supermarkets now have the convenient service of delivering food supplies directly to the comfort of your home.
Keep going and keep trying if it’s your first time cooking the dish. Practice makes perfect!
2. Time to declutter.
Have you been meaning to get rid of unworn clothes, old books or outdated documents?
Now’s the perfect time to do it! Be intentional in your decluttering — put in some thought on where the items will go after you declutter them. Will you donate to charity or give them to gifting groups? Sell it on a second-hand site? Throw them away, recycle or upcycle perhaps?
Prepare a box each for “donation”, “sale” or “throw” so that you know clearly where the items will be headed.
3. Learn a course online.
Sign up for an online course on the many web-based academies available like Udemy, Skillshare and so on. Marketing-related courses are also available on Facebook, Google and Linkedin. You can try single session webinars or tutorials, or longer ones which stretch to several sessions or weeks. Choose from free courses or even paid ones trained by experts.
From a practical skill that will help you in your work or study, to arts and craft courses that help you destress, the e-learning world is your oyster!
4. Make a photobook or video of your favourite memories.
In this digital age, it’s likely that all your photos are now stored in your smartphone or computer. It’s so easy to forget the details of past events, not to mention digital files may not be easy to sort through.
Why not create a more permanent record of your favourite memories by printing them out? You could do it manually with your home printer, or consider a digital photobook printing service like Photobook or Pixajoy where the finished book is delivered to your phone.
If you prefer videos, try putting together a short recap video of the occasion. Video apps such as Vimeo or InShot are easy to use and provide the appropriate songs. The video can be shared on social media once it’s done!
5. Tackle the hobby you’ve been putting off.
Remember those hobbies and activities we used to love when we were younger and had all the time in the world? Have you moaned about the lack of time for your hobby once you started “adulting”? It’s time to reignite the fire for the hobby you once had! Here are some great choices:
- Art and craft projects
- Upcycling furniture
- Making greeting cards
- Making music
- DIY projects
- … and more!
6. Set up home exercise routines.
Some of us may be programmed to think that exercising requires a special venue (like a gym or the park) or special equipment (treadmill, bicycle or weights). But when all that is not available for you to explore, it’s good to set up some home exercise routines instead.
Luckily, there are lots of YouTube videos out there to get you started. Most importantly, pick an activity that you enjoy, whether it’s HIIT, Tabata, yoga or dance. It will help you burn off those calories from inactivity and release excess energy from being cooped up at home. Make it fun and enjoyable, and involve the whole family too.
7. Play games to bond with the family.
It’s time to bring back an oldie. Games are group activities that could occupy you for hours. Bring on the fun with good ol’ board games, card games, computer games or you could even invent your own. If you don’t have any board games or cards on hand, you could always download and print templates from the Internet. No computer or printer at home? There’s no reason why you can’t DIY your own board game with a marker and piece of paper!
Staying occupied and busy during the partial lockdown at home will help to pass the time faster.
Inject some creativity and variety to your daily routine to avoid the monotony of being in the same space and with the same people every single day. Who knows, surprising things may emerge and you may learn new things about yourself!
“Creativity doesn’t just love constraints; it thrives under them,” wrote author and business thinker, David Burkus, in his book The Myths of Creativity: The Truth About How Innovative Companies and People Generate Great Ideas.
When boredom strikes and limitations are imposed, don’t fret, it’s time to get creative!
Share with me in the comments whether you’ve tried these tips, and what other productive things you are doing to fill up your time?