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13 Things to Make a Productive Quarantine Period

Updated on April 4, 2020
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A health professional and at the same time a motivational writer who believes in putting her thoughts into words.

Lockdown and quarantine is a period of self-isolation. This self isolation has been going on since more than a month in different countries for the purpose of safety from COVID-19. And people are having this major question in their mind that, "What do I do for so many days?" When we were busy travelling for work and fulfilling our job responsibilities, that time we all wanted time for ourselves and our family. And now when we are getting this time, we are wondering as to how should we spend it.

This period of home quarantine and lockdown can seem to be a tough one. It is natural to feel low and have depressive thoughts. At such times, engaging yourself physically and mentally helps you to have a better well-being. And hence it is important to use this time productively such that you will never regret investing this time on yourself. So here I would like to give you this amazing to-do list which can help you spend a resourceful quarantine period.

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1) Write

You do not need to be a professional writer to write something. All it takes is a paper, pen and a pot full of thoughts. It is said that our brain processes 70,000 thoughts per day. You can definitely put down at least one thought on to paper. Writing keeps your mind engaged in a resourceful way. Write a diary, journal or a planner. Or simply open the notepad section of your phone and type what you feel. Writing is one of the best ways to spend a quality time.

2) Read

There are wonderful books you can read during this period. Reading will never put you down. Whether it is novel, fiction, inspirational or realistic story, every book teaches you some or the other thing.

If you are not an avid reader, you can read informative articles on online trustworthy websites. Just imagine how much knowledge you will gain even if you read one article per day. Reading is always worth it.

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Being a Simok Sinek follower myself I have realized how beautifully this book changes our mindset and aims to find the reason for our actions to decide our goals in life

3) Explore your Artistic Skills

Art is a form of therapy. Every person does possess some artistic skills. Those might be in the form of sketching, painting, doodling, embroidery and much more. This is the time you can explore your skills. And those who are already fond of art can get enough time to practice their skills. There are multiple forms of art which are proven to be stress relievers.

4) Music always works!

Whichever mood you are in, sad or joyful music never fails to rejoice you. And you always have a choice about which music to choose. Music too is a wonderful therapy. Listen to music, sing a song, play a musical instrument. I would rather suggest that you should learn one musical instrument. It always relieves your stress. There multiple applications which provide virtual instruments to learn. But playing an actual instrument has its own different joy all together.

5) Learn New Recipes

To all those who love cooking, there is no better way to spend your time other than this. Learning new recipes and creating your self recipes is the best thing. Also there are multiple recipes online specially for work from home people. Shops and grocery stores are getting shut down. At this moment you have a chance to devise your own recipe by being creative with limited ingredients. Try it out!

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6) Help in Household Chores

Due to lockdown, maid are not able to go to their respective work. And hence the huge load of cleaning the house, doing laundry and washing vessels turns out to be on the family. But together with your family members you can definitely finish all the household chores.

7) Play Indoor Games

Get your cards, scrabble, carom and all other board game out to play with your family. These board games nor just great indoor games to play and spend time but also a treasure of memories. Those days when we used to wait for summer vacations to remove these games and play with our family while travelling long journeys. Now you will finally get time to visit those memories again.

8) Teach your Parents some New Technology

Being able to spend time with your own family after a long time itself is a boon. At to have this time more effective for you and your parents as well, teach them something trendy and new online. It is difficult to make them learn but you can definitely give time for helping them to learn the modern world. After all they were the ones who taught us how to walk, climb so it is our turn to teach them kind of world do we live in.

9) Stay Fit and Exercise daily

I think being a physiotherapist I should have put this as the first thing on to-do list. Nevertheless, closed gyms or jogging parks should not be the reason for you to not exercise. You can walk and take long strolls inside your house by calculating time. You can exercise the way you used to in the gym. The only difference is you won't be able to do a machine based exercise. Exercise and fitness will not only give you a heathy quarantine but also boost up your immunity.

10) Do Online Courses

Online courses are one of the best ways to learn. You can check on the internet and find multiple online courses, webinars and podcasts to learn from. This is the way you can educate yourself in different ways. Also, there are multiple universities and online portals which are offering short online courses for free through webinars and conference meetings. Just choose your niche and do the course!

11) Organize

Neatness and organizing things always counts on to a better environment. In this quarantine term, organize your cupboard or your shelf. Arrange your clothes, cosmetics, books, show pieces, etc the way you want to and you find easy to use. No doubt it is going to be a mess again but at least you will feel better to have organized it now.

12) Watch Good Movies and Series

Many people are already engaging themselves watching web-series, serials and movies. And it is definitely a good way to spend your time if you are able to learn something from it or if it is helping you emotionally. You are just one click away from the internet to find a pile of great movies and series.

13) Finish your Pending Work

Last but not the least, there are many things we tend to keep pending or we think that let these be done later. But it is our natural human nature. It is always better late than never. When can we get a better time to complete the pending work? So we can use this time to do the everything what we wanted to.


So now after reading this, do you still feel that you do not have anything to do? These are just simple 13 things but there can be many things you can engage yourself with. All it takes is a simple try! So do let me know how are you spending your days of quarantine. Do not forget to mention what are you up to in these days.

This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.

© 2020 Natasha Tungare


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