I know, every one wants to go out explore new things 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 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.
Watch some of the popular 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 acquire other skills like origami,speed reading, learn a new dance learn how to juggle, knit or sew. There are millions and millions 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 earn lots of money with any of these, but at least you’re doing something good with all the free time in the world you accidently have, online job market is huge why not give it a try .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?
No worries just use the suggestions from Number 9.
You don’t need a university degree for everything. The modern work force is adapting fast, and this lockdown can prove to be a 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 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 in your room, on your smart phone, on your smart TV or 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 dcumentaries 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: you can listen through your native app if you are using iPhone or you can install free apps like Pocket Casts if you have an Android.
Make, Create Or Organize Your Photo Memories
Yes, arrange your photos, which can be a super fun activity anyway you 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 Os 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.
Add more intractivity by playing games with your friends online. 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.
NUMBER 4: Exercise And Practice Mental Strength
This is really very important in the situation like corona virus lockdown . Just a few minutes of practice 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 popular channels like FitnessBlender or POPSUGAR Fitness. you can use apps like Headspace or Calm for Meditation or a YouTube channel like The Mindful Movement. For yoga, over your phone you can use 5 Minute Yoga, or Yoga Studio a YouTube channel like Yoga with Adriene is a good for the beginners
NUMBER 3: Clean Your House, Room, Or Apartment
This free exercise can be a good alternative for outdoor exercises and also keep your place clean and fresh every day take your time to redecorate, fix that sink you’ve never had time to, paint your walls, or just something like that.
Interested in DIY tutorials,YouTube is just perfect for this kind of 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 and 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 you can imporve your writing skills by writing 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 were thinking what it’s like to be YouTuber, now it’s a great time to start your own YT channel. 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.
– Bonus Tip
Plan your day and week in advance. Distribute you time properly before you start 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 finish work quickly and efficiently 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, make a plan to learn Spanish or French in a month, or may be you can start something like learning to code, try some scripting language so that you have a new professional skill at the end of this lockdown.
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. By doing this way you will be aware of all the tasks you’ve accomplished, and everything is neatly organized. We’d love to hear what you are doing at home, you can share your experience in our comment section.
Stay safe and enjoy as much as possible.