I don’t know about you but it seems like when I’m at school or a work environment, I’m a lot more motivated and prone to be productive than when I’m at home. It’s safe to say the second half of the semester felt stale because I was just mindlessly taking classes online in my pajamas and getting distracted by text messages every 5 minutes. Way before the semester ended, I knew I had to come up with an active plan to be productive and busy this summer.
I’ve garnered a list of things that I found helpful in keeping me a busy 🐝and maintain productivity during quarantine/life at home. The first two points are more general, and the last four are more experimental.
1. Do what you want first
This is a weird first point to make, but it’s true. Give yourself a hot minute to be ‘unproductive.’ If you really want to sit in bed and eat chips and watch Korean dramas for the first couple of days, then do so. Just let yourself be happy and indulge yourself – you deserve it. 🙂 [I spent one week “warming up” to productivity when Summer break started for me. In this one week, I spent it taking walks, watching shows, and spending way too much time on social media. An internet fast was needed.]
2. Make a schedule
This might be pretty obvious but by scheduling, I mean plan weeks and maybe months ahead. Even if you don’t usually plan weeks or months ahead, it’s helpful to have an idea what the next couple of months will look like. If you need to change your schedule, you can also do that once the next month gets closer. For example, after my “warm up week,” I used this calendar template below to schedule what the next four months would look like for me; estimating what I would do each week. It gives me something to anticipate and look forward to, and I’ve been referring to it every time I lose sight of what to do that day.
*I did not make this template.* This is a nice template for google sheets that I found online; you can customize it and write in your scheduled events whichever way you want.
3. Google Things to Learn
There are so many platforms to self-learn new things, it’s pretty great. Masterclass and Skillshare are two websites dedicated to help you learn things. There’s also YouTube, which is graciously free. With the world on pause, I’d like to emphasize this point and promote self-learning because it’s a great way to sharpen your mind and keep you active in otherwise inactive times. Anything you want to know is out there, you just have to go and discover it! Some interesting things I’ve been looking into have been social media & digital marketing, photo coloring/photoshop, and blogging (ha).
4. Create a Blog
Yes, create a blog 😁. Creating a blog can take up a lot of time because if you’ve never created a website, it can be a learning curve (in a riveting way). You’ll learn about web design, marketing, and monetizing your platform. Writing your content will also hog up time depending the kind of writer you are. The best part about blogging is that it’s completely personal and unique to you, and there’s no grade or expectation attached to it. Your voice needs to be heard.
5. Exercise with your pals
If you’ve spent a few weeks together at the University of Zoom, why not continue the fellowship through workouts together? Zoom has a screen share option where you can – share your screen – and watch the same beginner’s yoga for 20 minutes video together. Personally, I find having a consistent workout routine helps keep me motivated long term.
6. Read Dystopian Novels
This one can be highly experimental, but I didn’t just say “read” but rather to read dystopian novels. This gives you something more specific, because there’s a lot of genres out there, so where to start? Dystopian novels [are my favorite (◑‿◐)] inspire because more often than not the characters embody a special driven spirit found in no other genres. They’re usually forced to combat against the world in one way or another, and they live the adventure most of us dream about. Some of my favorites have been the Unwind series by Neal Shusterman, the Replica by Jenna Black, and The Maze Runner by James Dashner.
Talk about productivity! What’re some things you guys are exploring in quarantine? Let’s discuss! 👇
Until next time,