A few years ago, when I had my first stay at home experience, I was completely stressed out and frustrated. I felt an extreme urgency to fill my day with as many tasks as possible. I also reached out to several employers looking for work and ended up with four jobs, none of which I particularly enjoyed or needed to be doing.
Looking back on those days, and how my life has taken shape since, I’ve come to embrace the stay at home lifestyle as the perfect opportunity to take stock and decide what I really want to do with my time. What activities make me feel good? What kind of routine will keep me energised and motivated? What do I actually want to achieve?
If you’re thinking, ‘why not just do the same stuff you do on the weekend?’ let me tell you…this gets old pretty fast, especially when everyone you know is stuck at work. As good as it might sound to be job-free with endless time on your hands, it really does get a bit monotonous and inspiration to do something outside your usual realm of thinking can be difficult to come by.
It takes a while to find the perfect balance between doing something, and doing everything, as well as finding a sense of purpose in the way you fill your time at home.
With that, I give you my list of the most productive ways to pass the time at home, based partly on my own experience but also what i’ve seen work for others.
15 of the most productive ways to pass your time at home
Learn something new
- Coursera is my favourite MOOC platform. I’ve done some excellent courses on Coursera including Positive psychology, effective negotiation and even learning Russian.
- Future learn, ideal for business oriented minds and professionals
Of course, MOOCs are not the only way to learn a new skill from home…let’s not forget about YouTube! Highly recommended if you want to learn a new instrument. Last year when I decided to learn the ukulele, I was completely blown away by the sheer number of instructional videos dedicated to this humble little instrument. I bet YouTube covers pretty much any instrument you can think of.
For those that crave a more traditional experience, along with some people contact, you could always check out what’s available around your community or local university. All it takes is a quick google search on your topic of interest.
Join a group, or start one yourself
A lot happens online these days, including social interaction. In fact, whenever we move to a new city, one of the first things we do is join as many Facebook groups as we can. But you don’t have to be new in town to join a Facebook group!
In Georgia for example, you can find online groups for yoga, running, language exchange, book clubs and even groups for puppy lovers. Depending on the group, they usually consist of a good mix of locals and expats and are a great way to meet like-minded people. Of course, there are groups that exist offline too, but checking out Facebook is a good place to start. If you can’t find the group you’re looking for, why not consider starting one yourself?
Volunteer with a local charity
Although I’ve never had a chance to do this myself, I can’t think of any more rewarding way to pass the time than giving back to your community. Volunteer opportunities are not always easy to find, and they do take a bit of asking around or searching online, but there’s always a charity, local business or aid organisation that would gladly accept additional support. Check out your local Red Cross, or community centre and go from there!
Pick up a craft
Knitting, jewellery making, wood work, painting, book making…the options are endless where creativity is concerned. What I love about DIY crafts is that they’re not only fun and engaging, but super useful as well. Need a new scarf for the winter? just knit one yourself, in exactly the style you need. Need a new coffee table? Why not have a go at building it, or refurbishing one you have already? You might even find yourself saving some cash, as well as saving time spent going shopping.
Bear in mind that it doesn’t have to be anything overtly visual that you’re creating. For example, soap making has been on my list of things to try for ages. Basically, anything that’s simple, fun to make and inevitably finds a useful place in your home, is well worth your time. You could even think about selling your products, which leads me to my next point…
Start a small business
Start a blog, or just write something
Explore your inner chef
Share your knowledge
Start a garden
Learn a language
Organise your life
Experiment with your diet
Try a new workout, or exercise program
“To know the mind, is to know oneself. To know oneself is to discover a place of quiet confidence within. To know this confidence is to be able to fearlessly express our potential in life”
Be your own best friend