How to Stay Productive at Home during Quarantine

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With time on your hands, you now have the opportunity to stay productive at home during quarantine. This is the best time to do the things you didn’t have time for before because you were too busy with work, school, or other things.

While the thought of being stuck in the house may seem boring, there are actually a lot of things you can do and explore. At the end of your stay-in period, you will realize that you have done so much during your time at home.

Here are some of the things you can do to stay productive at home during quarantine.

Read a book

It’s time to take notice of the unopened books you have on your shelf that may have accumulated dust already. 

If you’re the type who likes to buy books and keep them for future reading, chances are, you have a lot of books waiting to be read. Some may still even be in their original packaging. Dust these books off, open the pages, and start reading.

Don’t have anything new? Grab an old book and refresh your memory by reading it again. 

Reading not only expands your knowledge but also improves your grammar and vocabulary. Try to challenge yourself and read one book a week – or even two while you’re at it!

Binge-watch your favorite shows and movies

Catch up on your favorites by having a marathon. With the extra time you have, you can spend your quarantine time with the characters of your favorite shows and movies. 

Once you’re done with your binge-watching, you can explore and start with another one. Aside from entertainment, there are a lot of informative and educational documentaries and shows readily available for you to watch.

Enjoy your time at home and bond with your television. You can even create a makeshift home theater for the ultimate viewing experience.

Exercise and meditate

In these trying times, health is definitely wealth. Just because you can’t go to the gym or attend yoga classes doesn’t mean you have to forget about these. You can work out and meditate at the comfort of your own home. 

There are how-to videos and online classes that can guide you through your exercise and meditation. These two activities relieve stress, improve your overall well-being, and most importantly, keep you healthy.

Keep a journal or blog

Gather your thoughts and jot them down regularly in a journal or a blog. Writing can help take the stress away and keep your mental health in check. You can use it as a form of release and self-expression.

On top of that, it also gets the creative juices flowing. Write your ideas, make mind maps, and put just about anything you come up with on paper. 

Who knows – you might come up with a brilliant idea while you stay productive at home during quarantine!

Learn a new language

Knowing another language comes very handy especially when you travel abroad. If you want to kill time and learn something new, you should consider taking courses in foreign languages. 

You don’t need to leave your home to do this. There are courses offered online, free and paid, in foreign languages such as Chinese, Spanish, and Arabic, to name a few. 

It takes time and patience to be able to learn a foreign tongue, but it is worth it. Even knowing the basics already has its benefits. You can use it to your advantage at work or when you apply for further studies.

With enough time to do this at home, you can speak and understand a different language by the end of the quarantine.

Pamper yourself

Take time to focus on yourself and give your body the pampering it deserves. If you did not have extra time before to take care of yourself, you definitely do now.

Enjoy a relaxing session with your electric back massager or have some at-home light therapy. Do some skincare and spend more time than usual taking care of your body. You don’t have to go to a spa just to pamper yourself as there are alternatives you can do at home, some with the help of gadgets and devices.

Being at home doesn’t mean you shouldn’t look and feel your best. Be the best version of yourself.

Clean your space

Now is the right time to do the spring cleaning you’ve been putting off. 

Declutter your space, sort, and get rid of the stuff lying around. You will be surprised to find a lot of things that you forgot you even had. Can’t find any use for them anymore? Store them in one place so you can donate them later. The things that have no use for you may be useful to other people.

Wipe away dirt, mop or vacuum your floor, and change your linens. Keeping your house clean is not only hygienic but it will also free your mind from clutter.

Try gardening

Gardening is one of the things that people enjoy doing to stay productive at home during quarantine. Did you know that taking care of plants makes your house pretty, helps in keeping the air at home clean, and can be a stress reliever?

Improve your garden by taking out weeds, trimming bushes, and caring for your plants. If you can, add and grow more plants. You can also repaint your fences and plant boxes.

Don’t have a garden yet? It’s never too late to start building one. You can still own a garden even if you don’t have a green thumb. There are plenty of materials online to help you kickstart your gardening hobby.

There are also indoor plants that only require minimal care if gardening is too much of a task for you.

Give your bedroom a makeover

It’s nice to have a change of scenery every once in a while and one way to do that at home is by giving your room a new look. You can either have a total makeover or just redecorate the space. Your choice depends on your budget and the materials you have at hand.

For total makeovers, rearrange the area, change wallpapers or paint walls with a new color, and upgrade your furniture. Opt for online stores that deliver items to your doorstep so you won’t have to leave the house.

On a budget? You can still achieve a new look for your room by changing your bedroom layout and adding decorations and home accessories such as curtains, rugs, frames, artwork, and vases.

The key to having a beautiful bedroom is to express yourself and your personality through the bedroom elements.

Spruce up your bathroom

Aside from your bedroom, you can also spend time working on your bathroom as you stay productive at home during quarantine.

Spruce up the space by doing deep cleaning like scrubbing the walls and removing grime and dirt off the tiles. Don’t forget to clean the sink, toilet, showerheads, and tub!

Just like your room, your bathroom can also be your renovation project. You can change its look by upgrading fixtures, and lighting, and changing the wallpaper, wall paint, and tiles. As you make your renovation plans, consider aspects such as storage, access, and mobility. There are renovation experts that can guide you and help you with this quarantine project.

Have a thorough house check-up

One activity that takes time and people often neglect is a house check-up. A thorough inspection of your house should be done on a regular basis so you can address issues before they become worse and irreparable.

Some important things to check are roofing, gutters, plumbing, windows, electrical and wiring, and basement if you have one. You should know the condition of these to determine what steps are necessary to take for maintenance and to avoid further damage.

Make DIY crafts and projects

If there is one thing you should not limit during the quarantine period, it would be creativity. Unleash your creative side through arts and crafts. Do It Yourself or DIY projects are pretty popular during this period because you get to be creative and at the same time productive.

There are a lot of DIY crafts and projects to do such as plant boxes, organizers, and even shelves. You have the liberty to start from scratch and build your own items or just refurbish and customize existing ones. 

If you don’t have craft ideas or don’t know where to start, there are step-by-step guides you can easily find on the internet. Making things is an interesting activity to stay productive at home during quarantine.

Productivity at home during quarantine

There is a myriad of activities you can do to enjoy and stay productive at home during quarantine. From expanding your knowledge to doing labor-related tasks such as house renovations, you can spend your time wisely by doing these things with or without spending much.

Because quarantine is a period of adjustment with its slow pace compared to the busy hustling life you may be used to, doing things you usually had no time for is something you should look into.

The most important thing you should bear in mind is that how you spend your quarantine is entirely up to you. So take this time to work on the best version of yourself within yourself and your home!


About The Author: Lara is the founder/owner of She is a Registered Nurse with a Masters’s Degree as a Clinical Nurse Specialist. Life can be hectic as a nurse so she created her blog as an escape from the everyday stressors of life to cultivate and learn all about wellness, beauty, spa, and home life projects, ideas, and reviews within your home.
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