6 Ways to Stay Productive & Engaged While Social Distancing

Here’s the thing. Everyone is looking for ways to stay energized right now. With COVID-19 well underway, we’re all looking for ways to stay productive and engaged while social distancing from others. Much like my recent work from home tips, these are not anything crazy, but rather just a few ideas to keep your mind and body energized during these crazy times

  1. Journal, Plan, Dream
    • Have a business idea you’ve been wanting to hash out? Need to get more in touch with some of your thoughts and feelings? Just want to vent but don’t want to harsh anyone’s vibe? It’s a great time to start a journaling habit. Take the time that you would be commuting to work to write in a journal. Maybe it’s creating a life plan for once we’re past the germ apocalypse, maybe it’s writing down a daily list of some of the things you’re thankful for, or maybe even it’s writing down that bucket list you’ve always been dreaming up in your mind. Take some time to be with your thoughts.
  2. Workout
    • Right now, you’re either thinking nope, this blog post is not for me or you’re thinking now, we’re talking. Either way, it’s a great time to get active. You don’t have to feel like you’re working out to be working out. Just move your body! Just because you can’t be with people doesn’t mean you can’t get your body moving. There are so many virtual workouts out there to take advantage of and many of them are free or at least offer a free trial. Check out the Peloton app for anything ranging from bodyweight exercises to yoga to meditation and if you do have a treadmill or bike, you can run or ride with them as well. But, let’s not forget about the free tool called YouTube that has so many workouts you could never finish them all.
  3. Organize
    • We could all do with a little extra organization, especially since we’re spending more time at home. So pick a different room each day and tackle it. Organize it, remove the clutter, donate the things you can, and throw out the rest. You don’t have to be a minimalist to realize we all need less stuff, less clutter, less junk. Time to clean house and settle in to this new normal for a while!
  4. Learn something new
    • With in-person events being halted for a while, there are so many opportunities for free online learning. Many companies are hosting webinars, virtual events, and digital social hours to encourage learning and collaboration. Look at social distancing as an opportunity to learn something new and add even more value to yourself.
  5. Cook or Bake something
    • Before all this got real serious, I had a feeling I needed to stockpile the pantry so now, it’s time to try out some new recipes. Cooking and baking are great ways to be productive and try something new. It doesn’t have to be crazy creative, it just needs to be something simple to get your mind off things for a bit. Look at it as an arts and crafts project and if it doesn’t turn out, it’s okay, just try again!
  6. Host Virtual Gatherings
    • Have Game Night – pick one person to be the host and play Monopoly, Life, or another board game via FaceTime
    • Family Dinner – don’t forget to hang out with family even when you have to keep your distance. Have family members make dinner and be ready to join each other at a specified time. That interaction can make a huge difference during this time of self-quarantine

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