BORED in quarantine? TOP 10 things to do during COVID-19 lockdown

BORED in quarantine? TOP 10 things to do during COVID-19 lockdown

Did the Coronavirus crisis force you to stay home? I know, you would just like to go out, explore
the world, travel, and be free. Don’t worry. There will be time for that when
all this is over. Until then, well, we just have to stick together
and make our lives a little more meaningful. The good news is, at least, with the internet,
there are great online tools that can help us achieve that. Think about it, if this COVID-19 crisis
had happened 10 or 15 years ago when people didn’t have all the fantastic and
mostly free or at least very affordable tools. The situation would be much different. Anyway, we decided to do what we would typically
do for our travel videos. We collected a powerful pack of concrete suggestions, apps, websites, and tools to make your
days at home fun and meaningful. Here are our top 10 tips, and an extra bonus tip at the end of the
video on how to organize your days. NUMBER 10: Make something delicious to eat Learn how to cook and bake
or improve your cooking skills. Just use YouTube, it’s free.
Some of the best channels include: Sam the Cooking Guy, Joy of baking for baking,
Laura in the Kitchen or Everyday Food. Or you can just watch some of your favorite
food channels like Mark Wiens or Strictly Dumpling. Use apps on your phone such as Tasty,
Yummly or Food Network Kitchen. Some apps also suggest great recipes based
on the ingredients that you already have at home. You can try using
SuperCook Recipe By Ingredient, Bigover Recipes & Meal Planner or Epicurious NUMBER 9: Learn new things and skills Learn a new language with apps like
Duolingo, Babbel, Memrise or Rosetta Stone. Or learn a new instrument with Yousician, Simply
Piano, Learn Guitar with Uberchord or Chord! Or if you want to learn new skills, such as marketing, coding, editing, and many others from
online courses such as Udemy, Coursera, LinkedIn Learning, YouTube, etc. Or any other skills like how to make origami,
speed reading, learn a new dance learn how to juggle, knit or sew. There are tons of things you can learn on YouTube.
And everything is free of charge. NUMBER 8: Make money from home If you’re not already working from home, there are actually some great ways
to make money from home. You’ll probably not get rich with any of these,
but at least you’re doing something. And with all the free time you suddenly have, why not give it a try in the online job market. Online job possibilities like graphic design,
video editing, voiceover, and many others are available at Upwork, that’s if you’re
already established at your field, or Fiverr for shorter gigs, peopleperhour,
freelancer, remotasks, 99designs, if you are a graphic designer
and others. But what if you have no skills? Just go and learn something new and use the
suggestions from Number 9. You don’t need a university degree for everything. The modern workforce is adapting fast, and
this might be a great time to learn something new and then get an online test gig. There are also some great apps out there
to get some extra bucks like, for example, Foap, for selling your photos – yes the
ones that you already have on your phone Toluna, if you want to take surveys and earn
or Userfeel, for paid user feedback NUMBER 7: Binge-watch TV and movies Watch your favorite movies, make a list, check
out IMDb Top charts, and enjoy shows, documentaries or even listen to podcasts. For movies and shows you can use: Netflix, Hulu, SHOWTIME, HBO GO, Disney+
or Prime Video from Amazon. You can watch them on your phone in your room,
on your smart TV, from your iPad, basically from any smart device. And since most of the providers offer a free trial
of streaming service, you can actually do it free of charge
for that next month. Just apply and binge-watch as much as you
can before it expires. You can watch documentaries or even online
courses such as MasterClass or CuriosityStrem for best online classes from instructors that are the top masters
in the world in their field. And, of course, listen to podcasts: on the native Podcasts app, if you have an iPhone or one of the free apps such as Pocket Casts
if you have an Android. NUMBER 6:
Make, create or organize your photo memories Yes, arrange your photos, which can be
a super fun activity anyway since you’re browsing through your memories. You can simply use your phone or laptop
and arrange your photo library, share it with friends online, or even
upload them to social media. Or create photo albums or photo books You can just go to websites like PhotoBox
or Mixbook Or you can print Instagram photos
at SQUARED or LALALAB. NUMBER 5: Play games There’s plenty of games you can play
on your phone. If you have an Apple device, you can try their
Arcade with over 100+ premium games free of charge for one month. And both Android and iOS offer many great
free games anyway. By the way, try playing them with your friends
online in real-time. It can be an excellent way to connect
without physical contact. Videogames – whatever you have at home or
on your computers like a PlayStation or an Xbox. And yes, let’s not forget about real-life
games such as cards, Monopoly, Memory, Scrabble, puzzle, etc. whatever you have at home. So that you’re not on your phone all the time. NUMBER 4: Exercise & practice mental strength This is so important, especially now. Just a couple of minutes a day makes a whole
difference. For exercise, you can use apps like:
Seven – for a seven Minute Workout PEAR for Personal Fitness Coach Or just go to some of the great YouTube channels
like FitnessBlender or POPSUGAR Fitness. For meditation, you can use one of the apps
like Headspace or Calm. or a YouTube channel like The Mindful Movement For yoga, you can use 5 Minute Yoga, or Yoga Studio
if you want to use it on your phone. Or if you go to YouTube, a channel like Yoga
with Adriene. NUMBER 3: Clean your house, room, or apartment This can help you in many ways, it’s free
exercise, your place is clean and fresh every day and maybe you can even take the time
to redecorate, fix that sink you’ve never had time to, paint your walls,
or just something like that. YouTube is also a great place for DIY tutorials, for instance, how to make
new clothes from your old ones, craft ideas with recycled materials, furniture and home décor ideas, and many others. Check out 5-Minute Crafts or DIY & Crafts. NUMBER 2: Read and write Read a Book Since you now actually have time to finally read the book you’ve been postponing since
last summer. You can also read an online article. There’s a gazillion of great online magazines
and articles you can read. Or maybe write a short story, an article, a novel, and you can even take an online class
on creative writing. NUMBER 1: Just get creative Start your own YouTube channel, blog, TikTok, etc. If you always wondered what it’s like to be YouTuber, now it’s a great time to start your own YT channel. You can visit Tim Schmoyer for some great tips
on how to start a YouTube channel from scratch. You can film your daily routine to get
familiar with a camera, start a YouTube cooking channel, about a hobby you are passionate about, for instance, video games, makeup, instruments, you can even make a short film. And no, you don’t need a professional
camera to get you started. Your phone can be your best buddy here. Learn how to edit videos and voila. Most of us started exactly this way. Or you can just start getting creative on
something like TikTok. And here is the bonus tip that we promised. Plan your day and week in advance. Take time before you start with any of the
activities and arrange your days so that each
day includes a combination of exercise, fun, creativity, and other activities. Set weekly and monthly goals for your activities
so you can keep track of your progress. People feel a sense of purpose when we set
goals and work towards achieving them. It’s as simple as that. It can be something easy like
a 30-day yoga challenge, a plan to learn basic French in a month, or maybe something like learning
to code so that you gain a new professional skill at the end of this crisis. Use a free app like Trello, where you can
create boards with a weekly plan for your activities. When you’re done with the activity, just mark
it complete. This way, you also have a list of all the
tasks you’ve accomplished, and everything is neatly organized. We’d love to hear what you are doing at home. And if you have any other suggestions for
our next “quarantine videos,” share it in the comments below. Stay safe and enjoy as much as possible.

8 thoughts on “BORED in quarantine? TOP 10 things to do during COVID-19 lockdown

  1. I would add plan your next trip for later in the year when hopefully this crisis is over or write a list of places you'd like to visit

  2. After finding your videos prior to a recent trip to Italy and Paris, I have been anticipating another video from you guys. I was worried about what you were going to do for content, and you absolutely brought a reliable and wonderful video with such a positive message. You guys are the best! Cheers and stay safe and well.

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