Lockdown has suddenly given most of us a lot more free time than expected. Even if you’re working from home, you’re still saving on the commute time. One thing that seems to keep popping up is the expectation to be extremely productive with your extra time. This expectation is complete and utter bullsh*t. So what if you haven’t started 10 side hustles since lockdown, surviving it is achievement enough.
If your heart is set on being super productive, remember that productivity is a relative term. For some, this means jumping out of bed at 6am and ticking off everything on your to-do list. For others, being productive can be getting out of bed, showering and making your bed.
One thing you might want to consider is becoming some sort of hybrid productive-sloth. Sloths may just be the most chilled out creatures ever and I have envied them for this on multiple occasions, but they don’t quite seem to be the ‘productive’ type. But by tapping into your inner productive-sloth you could strike the perfect balance to keep your sanity! Let’s get into some ideas to tap into your inner-productivity-sloth.Now you have the chance, it’s time to relax for once
Life has become so busy and constantly connected to what is going on around the world. We have so many things to do, busy minds, hobbies, jobs, staying healthy – the list goes on. Now coronavirus has forced us to slow down or even just hit the stop button completely.
Take the time to de-stress in whichever way that is for you. This could be watching TV, using your 1 hour outside to enjoy nature, getting into some yoga or whatever it is that relaxes you.
Even if you’re working from home you can take a slower morning than usual to get ready. Not forgetting the chance to make a much more delicious lunch than the usual boring meal deal when you’re at work.Get round to all your ideas you never had the time for
Remember all your brilliant ideas that you could never justify the time for? Well now is your chance to explore them, there’s no time like the present -especially with being on lockdown. There are millions of resources out there to help you with whatever you plan to do.
The ideas you jump into don’t have to come out perfect, that’s what’s so great about all this extra time. There’s no pressure to get it done before you head off out because we can’t go anywhere anyway! Just get started and learn as you go. Even if your idea fails, at least you will have supplied some entertainment for the house!Catch up with your family and friends over the phone
This is such a simple act and really doesn’t take much effort at all, which your inner-sloth really approves of.
Staying connected during lockdown is one of the most important things you can do. We can all get lonely at times and even more so with limited human interaction. Thankfully we can stay in touch with everyone through video calls, social media and a good old fashioned phone call. Try to reach out to people who might be feeling especially lonely, it will make their day.
If you’re feeling a little lonely right now, why not jump on some apps or online communities to make some more friends. Dating apps are acceptable now, so I can’t see any reason that it’s not perfectly normal to make friends online too. Online communities surrounding a specific topic could be a good place to start because you already have a common interest. Or try out apps like Bumble with their BFF option, since moving cities I’ve met some amazing friends using Bumble BFF, it’s worth a try!Try something new
Why not pick up a new hobby? Now would be a great time to start something crafty, plus focusing can be an easy way to clear and quieten your mind. There are so many different crafts out there to try with plenty of starter kits on offer.
You could also try getting into regular exercise. This could be done in your 1 hour outside the house, in your back garden or somewhere in the house. Try going for a run or brisk walk in the sun, some yoga, a HIIT workout if you’re after some intensity or even start dancing. If you decide to choose some sort of circuit/yoga flow to exercise, get a class up on YouTube to make it easier.
This could also give you the chance to level up your skills for your personal interests or your career. Even if you don’t use the new skill now, you never know when it might come in handy.
If you’re unsure on whether or not to try something new, check out my post on how there’s a first time for everything, which funnily enough, was the very first blog post I have ever written.Being a sloth can actually be great for your productivity
Now for the perfect formula; naps + productivity = greatness
Having a nap can do wonders for how much you get done in a day. They’re a quick power boost for yourself. This won’t work for everyone but it’s worth a try!
Naps are so underrated. By combining a power boost with doing something to keep you busy, it’s likely the day will fly by. A nap will help relax your body and mind, feeling replenished ready to try a new hobby or complete your to-do list. Not forgetting they compliment a pyjama day perfectly.
The best thing to do to keep your sanity during lockdown is to figure out what works for you. This can be full sloth, full-on productivity mode or a little bit of both. The most important thing is to look after yourself, both physically and mentally. Now is the time to relax and if you feel like it, or work on something that makes you happy.Please remember to stay home and wash your hands!! The quicker we all do this, the quicker we can get back to normal life.
If you need some more info on coronavirus head over to the NHS coronavirus advice page.
I hope this post has helped a bunch with keeping sane during, dare I say it, these unprecedented times. We’ll be out of it soon so keep the hope!Until next time,