A Survival Guide to Boredom During Quarantine
Stuff is getting real at a really fast rate around here.
The girls are out of school for at least 2 weeks. Stores are closing and running out of a lot of the essentials. It's nuts.
So I wanted to share some ideas of ways to keep boredom at bay when you're stuck at home.
I am podcast obsessed. I just love consuming all the amazing information and stories that are shared. Below are some of my top favorites in case you need some inspiration.
Lazy Genius - Tons of short episodes on the easiest way to do things around the house. Her motto is to "be a genius about the things that matter and lazy about the things that don't". Her episode #113 The Lazy Genius Does Laundry was honestly a game-changer for me.
Crime Junkie - I feel like Ashley and Britt are my BFF's, I've binged these episodes compulsively. The way they tell these true crime stories and engage the listener is just amazing. These episodes are definitely not for the faint of heart or for children, so proceed with caution because you will be hooked. One of my favorite cases they've covered is the case of Bryce Laspisa.
The Boss Mom - I've just recently started listening to this one and love the amazing content Dana puts out. If you're an entrepreneur or thinking about starting your own business then I suggest checking it out. I think with our current situation her episode # 221: How to get things done while your kids are at home is highly appropriate.
Courses & Challenges
There are so many online courses, classes, and challenges online that can help enrich your time spent at home. Coursera and Udemy are two popular options. You can find courses on anything from growing a garden to TCP/IP training. The options are endless. If a paid course isn't your jam then a simple search on Facebook will unveil a number of communities, groups, and challenges. If you're looking for a community to stay engaged with then check out Chaos Coordinators Organizing Challenge.
Organize Your Photos
Chances are you have multiple boxes of printed photographs in your closet, on top of tons of digital photos on your computer and phone. If you're interested in organizing your photos then now may be the time. I've recently begun scanning my printed photos to digital format after investing in a quality scanner. There are also a number of low cost and free apps that allow you to do the same (just pay attention to the quality). If you're interested in learning more then Miss Freddy's Backup Bootcamp is both affordable ($59) and comprehensive.
Go For It
Have a business you've always dreamed of starting or a hobby you told yourself you'd get to "one day"? Now is a great time to invest in yourself and make the most out of this situation. Even if you can't actually start your business (or hobby) at the moment, you can invest in putting together a plan and learning as much as you can in the meantime. Again, Facebook is a great resource. Chances are, there's already a group dedicated to others who are interested in the same thing. If you know you'd like to start your own business but aren't sure exactly what business would be a good fit, check out Don't Keep Your Day Job, podcast and Facebook group. Cathy is full of inspiration and will get you motivated to find your passion and make it a reality.
Even though we may be housebound, we don't have to isolate ourselves. Be sure to take advantage of apps such as Facetime to stay connected with your friends and loved ones. A lack of social interaction can really have an impact on mental health.
Chances are if you're anything like me you probably have craft supplies that you've purchased but never used. Or a home DIY project you haven't gotten to yet. Now is a great time to play catch up on the things you told yourself you'd do "one day".
If you haven't already checked out my post from yesterday on 10 things to Buy During the Coronavirus Outbreak (that aren't toilet paper), then check it out.
I'd love to hear what suggestions you have for keeping boredom at bay. I hope you all stay safe and healthy during these challenging times. Chat with you soon!