How To Make The Most Of Your Time At Home
Here at The SeaCliff Team, we are all staying home and practicing self-distancing to help slow down on the rapid spread of COVID-19 (aka, the Coronavirus).
We know it might seem overwhelming when you’re used to a regular routine, so we wanted to provide you some tips to help adapt to common issues and also some fun activities you may not have thought of yet to find that silver lining!
Create a dedicated work space.
If you’re lucky enough to be able to work from home, it’s important to drown out distractions. (No, you won’t be just as productive if you try to watch Netflix while working on those spreadsheets. Trust us.) So find an area in your home where you can setup your computer or laptop, make sure you have some noise-cancelling headphones near by if needed, and get to work! Some say, “a change is as good as a rest,” so if you’re struggling, find ways to make it fun. After all, have a conference call from the shoulders up while your bottom half is still lounging in PJs is a pretty fun and silly secret.
Trust your internal clock.
Okay, we know a big part of staying mentally healthy is keeping up with your regular routine, but if you’re someone who is constantly hitting snooze 4 times a morning, this could be the chance to recover that you needed. If you don’t need to be available from 9-5, try working from 10-6. (Or if you’re more of a morning person, perhaps 7-3, freeing up your evenings!) Whatever your style, catching up on the rest you need will make you more productive, and it might even help you feel refreshed (almost like a mini-vacation) when it’s time to head back to the office.
Learn to love the kitchen!
More time at home means you can finally tackle that Pinterest board of recipes that’s been growing steadily over the past few years. Plus, if you’re working from home, you might even have some extra time to plan your meals in advance thanks to your lack of commute. Try new foods, new recipes, and learn to fall in love with your inner gourmet chef.
Take a class.
Do you regularly go to the movies each weekend? Or perhaps you have a weekly book club? If these activities are on hold, use that time to take an online course. There are many self-paced free options and you can learn anything from history & literature to online programming and web design. Find the time in your schedule that you’d normally be out & about and dedicate it to study. This will keep your brain active and help you feel as if you’re still being productive outside of work. Depending on the weather where you live, you may even do well to move your study time to the porch or patio for a change of scenery.
Go through the closets.
How long have you been promising yourself you’d put that donation box together? Now is the time! Have everyone in the house go through their closets. You can probably even find ways to make a game out of it to receive less flack from the kids.
Stay in touch.
We are fortunate enough to live in a world that does not require physical meetings to keep in touch with people. Using tools like FaceTime, Skype, Facebook, Zoom, and more, we are able to check in on each other in a moment’s notice. In times like this, it’s important to reach out to loved ones often. Remember: we’re all in this together!
Did we leave any of your favorite activities off the list? Head to over to our Facebook or Instagram and throw us some suggestions! We’d love to share them to help others.