With all this extra time we are spending at home it would be easy and understandable to start binge watching ‘all of the tv’ on all the platforms available. And no judgement, ‘you do you’ (I mean I end up in a Netflix rabbit hole as much as the next person), but if you wanted to come out on the other side of self-isolation feeling a little more productive and maybe even gain a sense of accomplishment – here are 10 ways that you can use your isolation time wisely.
1. My Vision Book
Starting a journey of self-discovery is always a great idea, however a lot of us usually lack the free time to do so. Take this period of isolation and use it to focus on yourself; what you want to do better, what goals you can set for the future, and what kind of person you really want to be. My Vision Book was created to help give you clarity and establish what truly matters to you, and help you create a vision for the life you want. Right now, we are stuck spending time with ourselves, so it’s the perfect time to get into it!
2. Clear Out and Organise Your Wardrobe
It is no secret that wardrobes are one of the best hiding places for clothes we don’t want to deal with at the time or items we don’t have a use for (but can’t quite get rid of). If you haven’t sorted through your clothes in a while, then you’re most likely going to need to say goodbye to multiple items. This might be sad however it gives you more free space and you can also save them to donate later, so they can be loved just as much. Get some storage boxes to utilise space in the best way possible and keep things organised. You can also check out Marie Kondo’s website dedicated to the art of tidying up.
3. Learn an Instrument
Instruments are a great way to lean into your creative side while also providing a challenge. If you have any instruments that have been untouched in the house or an instrument that your kids have been learning, try picking it up yourself and giving it a go. There are so many ways to learn, whether it’s through a family member who is happy to give you lessons or through the internet. Free apps like Youcisian and Simply Piano are great for first time learners and guide you through at a pace that you decide. Other great websites with lessons and exercises for all abilities are musictheory.net and Sight Reading Factory . If you don’t have an instrument at home, you can play with a virtual guitar, piano, drums and more online at Virtual Musical Instruments
4. Create Your Own Herb/Vegetables Garden
There are many reasons why having your own vegetable garden is beneficial, and you don’t even need to buy seeds to be able to do it! All you need is the right tools and some vegetable scraps and leftovers. Check out our blog on how to replant vegetables to kick start your veggie garden. There are also so many guides and tips online, so get searching!
5. Learn a Language with Duolingo
Duolingo is a fantastic way to learn a new language no matter how much experience you may or may not have. There are over 30 languages you can chose from and they allow you to earn points, level up and receive grades. This makes it so easy to keep track of your progress. Duolingo makes learning a language fun, so create a free account on their website or the app and watch yourself improve fast.
6. DIY Projects
Get onto those DIY projects you’ve never had time to get to by renovating. You could also take part in an online renovation class before you dive in. Learn how to plan, design and style your dream home with a free online module through The Reno School. They’ll help you master kitchens and bathrooms and nail the basics of interior decorating.
7. Learn Online by:
- Enrolling in a MOOC (massive open online Course). MOOCs are free courses offered by universities, colleges and other educational institutions from around the world. Platforms including Coursera and edX bring together MOOCs from around the world, including Australia. Find out more at The Good Universities Guide
- Upskilling with LinkedInLearning – offering a month’s free trial to more than 14,000 courses including software development (including Swift; Apple’s programming language to build apps), data science, photography, leadership, Excel, graphic and web design. After the free trial, subscriptions start at about $40.00 a month.
- General Assembly is also a great tool for online courses and digital workshops. Their workshops include web development, design, marketing, copywriting and coding.
- Join a YouTube Tutorial -there’s one for everything, whether it be learning to sing, taking amazing photos or renovate.
8. Refine Your Writing Skills
Always wanted to touch the world with the written word, but feel you may need to brush up on your grammar and spelling? Or don’t quite know where to start with a creative writing project? Don’t let anything hold you back, there are a bunch of online writing groups, courses and free resources online to help. Daily Writing Tips, and Pro Writing Aid are just a couple to check out.
9. Listen to Podcasts
Tere is literally a podcast for everything, and a bunch of platforms that host them for your listening pleasure- for FREE. Try PodcastOne, Apple Podcasts, Libsyn and don’t forget our very own PakMag Parenting Podcast.
10. Get Fit
Was your New Year’s Resolution to get fit? Me too! Have you started yet? Me either.
The good news, we can invest in ourselves now and you don’t need to have a home gym or substantial equipment to do it at home. Simple strength exercises like squats, push ups, sit ups and lunges don’t need equipment. Looking for weights? What about a can of food in each hand – voila!
There are also lots of great resources online or on apps to guide you, many for FREE or with FREE trials on offer at the moment.
Here are a few of our fave’s:
Chris Hemsworth aka Thor is the founder of Centr; a website/ app providing a holistic approach to your wellbeing with health, nutrition, mindfulness and training all in one place. Start your FREE 7 day trial and workout your mind and body with the experts.
Peloton are offering a 90 Day Free trial of their app Peloton with a huge library of workouts covering yoga, bootcamps, cycling, running and strength.
Adidas are offering premium access to Runtastic FREE for 90 days. Access workouts and training plans at Runtastic
Want abs of steel? Bachelor star Tim Robards is offering his six-week program for FREE with the code “FREEABS” – Get the 12-Minute Abs Challenge today at his website The Robards Method.
—Access FREE Meditations to help you weather the storm at Headspace