Hey fam! Staying productive when life is running normally is tough, but staying productive when the entire world is on lockdown is even more difficult sometimes. Especially when everyone you see on social media looks as though they have it all together and never let anything slip through the cracks. Being in and out of lockdowns is so stressful, but it has allowed us to have an endless amount of free time. Okay, maybe not all of us, but most of us. 😉 That said, here are 6 ways to be productive when you aren’t sure where to start.
Stop Trying To Be Productive
Sounds counterintuitive, right? It’s not. It’ll leave you putting off things you want to do because you’ve ended up piling unnecessary pressure on yourself. Start thinking differently when it comes to being productive. Getting things done and feeling accomplished doesn’t mean it always has to be about work. You can be productive just by watching a Netflix documentary you missed. We are still in a worldwide pandemic, so take the pressure off, and stop comparing yourself to others. Everyone’s idea of productivity is different, so stick to what works for you, rather than someone else.
Start A Book Series
We all have that one book we purchased intending to read it, but life gets in the way, and it gets put off. Well, with hours to spare, now’s the time to get sucked in! I am currently reading the Witches of East End series by Melissa De La Cruz. I watched the tv show and it stopped after 2 seasons but I HAD TO KNOW what happened. If you’re not a big reader but love to listen, audible is the way to go! They have over 425,000 audiobooks and you get a free book when you sign up for a 30-day trial.
Keep A Journal
I have kept a journal since I was a child. I still have all my old ones in my closet! I’ve never been good at journaling regularly, but I do it when my head is spinning. When I’m overwhelmed I start writing it out. After I’ve gotten the first thought out and onto the paper, it all just sort of flows. I feel such relief once I finish writing. You can make your plan to take over the world or just vent about how unfair the world is. So not only will it boost productivity, but it’ll also boost your mental health.
Learn A New Skill
If you lost your job during COVID, rethinking your career path or just want to learn something new, then taking an online course might be the right move for you. Online education has increased exponentially over the last year and it’s going to continue to grow. You can learn anything from how to play chess, to something as advanced as how to run an online business. I may or may not have purchased both types. 😉
Take On Some Home Projects
We all have those little house projects that get pushed back time and time again. You know the ones that don’t actually impact your life tremendously, but it would be really nice if they were done? Yeah, you know the ones, I know you do. So get your toolbox and paintbrushes out because you’ve got extra time. With summer around the corner, it’s a good time to tackle some outdoor maintenance like power washing your house or calling a 24 hour Air Conditioning Repair company to make sure your unit is in working order before we start getting heat waves.
Stay In Touch
Last, but most certainly not least, stay in touch with your loved ones. Staying in touch with loved ones is more critical now than ever. Most people haven’t seen family or friends in person for months. Thankfully, these days, technology makes it so much easier to keep in touch with family and friends. I’ve actually visited with my Grandparents more over the last year in lockdown than I had in a looooong time! Don’t be afraid to go old school either and write a little note on some pretty stationary and stick it in the mail. I love getting things other than bills in the mail. 😊
Start making plans for happier times when lockdowns are relaxed. You’ll have so many things to look forward to that it’ll boost your mood. And a better mood means being more productive!