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The Corona virus COVID-19 has made “self-isolation at home” the most essential thing right now. In India a lock down of 3 weeks (might get extended) has been declared.

Honestly, I did panic a bit but turns out, the only prevention is home quarantining and social distancing. So if you’re already tired of binge watching and are seeking new productive ideas, then this list is just for you.

These productive and fun activities will keep you occupied, anxiety-free and when has learning done any harm. Anything you’d like to add? DM on Instagram.

Let’s begin, Shall we?

1. Grow a Plant

Since you will be self quarantining at home, a little greenery won’t harm anyone. Infact home plants are said to be stress busters. So pick a pot (or DIY one with a plastic bottle), plant some seeds and nurture it like a baby. I myself have Aloevera ones and they really brighten my place ( and the natural gel works wonders for the skin).

2. Make a List of Goals

Now that you finally have time from your busy schedule, make list of goals. It’s always good to introspect and know what you really want. It can be about anything – something you want to learn, something to improve on…anything. The list is about the self- realisation of your goals.

3. Clean Everything

EVERYTHING !!!!

Cleanliness attracts God – my Mom says, but more than that it keeps you safe from germs and viruses. So to stay clean you need to sanitize the things around you too. Furniture, makeup kits, shoes… Everything!

And not just clean… It should be Monica clean! ( #Friendsreference)

4. Make Books your Best Friend

Fiction or non-fiction, books give a new perspective about things. When you open a book, you open a new world. And once you get the hang of it, there’s no going back. So dust your favorites and indulge in them. ( Yes, I learnt the word “indulge” from a recent book I was reading. Another benefit of reading books)

5. No Books? Download Audiobooks

Internet has made thousands of books accessible to us in the form of audio books where often the author itself reads them to us. Isn’t that AMAAAZZZINNGGG ! You can listen them at your own convenience and multitask. Some of the platforms to listen to audiobooks are Audible and Storytel .

6. Plan your next Vacation’s Itinerary

You can’t travel right now but you can always plan your itinerary for the trip after the lock-down is over.

Choose a place you wish to visit and plan a “where to visit, stay, eat ” list from head to toe. Wouldn’t that save a lot of your precious time?

Here’s a list I made for the city beautiful- Chandigarh.

Read : 10 Must Visit Places In Chandigarh

7. Create a playlist of your favorite songs

Choose your favorite songs and make a playlist so that you have a collective place to reach them at. Another fun thing to do is exchanging playlists with your friends. This way you might get introduced to new music and even have new favorites.

8. Declutter your phone/laptop

To all the selfie lovers, now is the time to choose your favorites and delete the 137 others. Deleting the extras would make space for more new ones.

9. Learn to dance on your favorite songs

Oh how much I dread the times when I try to copy my favorite choreographers but end up looking silly. Well, now is the time to get my groove in.

Tons of tutorials are available online and you know the best part ? At home you can dance like no one is watching! ( Cz no one is 😀 )

10. Start a Quarantine journal

Get your creative on and start a daily journal during the period. Include your “to-do’s”, your accomplishments and fill it with all the positivity you want. You’ll love to see your productivity after this period is over.

11. Try cooking recipes

Irrespective of the gender, the skill of cooking is essential for every human in order to survive. Since the option of ordering food online is shut completely and house maids are quarantining at home too, its time to try polishing your own culinary skills.

It ain’t tough once you begin following recipe instructions. Also, imagine the amount you’d be saving by skipping ordering food and making it yourself. Now, that’s some motivation, no?

12. Adopt a Healthy Diet

Since you are the one preparing food for yourself now, you can be more observant about the food and the calories you are consuming.

13. Play games that make you think

There are plenty of games that you can play on your phone with your friends without coming in contact with them, #SocialDistancingGoals .

Some of my favorites are:

  • Scrabble
  • Trivia Crack
  • Ludo

14. Watch web series and movies ( recommendations below)

I personally can barely make time to binge watch web series. So these days when I feel too lazy to move from my bed, I binge watch those pending series. Here are some of them that I have watched and would absoutely recommend you too.

Movies
  • Parasite
  • Eat, Pray, Love
  • Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara
  • Interstellar
  • 1917
Web Series
  • Friends (Netflix)
  • BoJack Horseman (Netflix)
  • The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel (Amazon Prime)
  • Pushpavalli (Amazon Prime)
  • Fleabag (Amazon Prime)
Short Films
  • Nayantara’s Necklace
  • Suno
  • Chutney
  • Ahalya
  • Juice

15. Learn a new instrument

This one tops the list for me. I bought a shining black ukulele on my last birthday but with time lost the motivation to learn it. Hopefully, I’ll finally learn it but till then listen to this cover song where I used a cup for the beats.

16. Finish those pending blogs/ vlogs / any work basically

Get working on all of that pending work that has been like that since forever. Write that blog. Finish editing that video. Basically, just get rid of all the pending things and start thinking about the new projects.

Now is the time. Make the best of it!

17. Exercise for 20-30mins each day

Now that we are mostly at home there are high chances of our body getting stiff due to all that extra sleep and confinement. Even the gyms would be closed too. So make sure to take 20-30 mins each day to exercise to stay fit.

18. Follow Zumba lessons from YouTube

Who said exercising can’t be fun? Zumba is !!

Zumba is a fitness routine that combines dance and fitness moves. They are easy to do and are so much fun. Plenty of Zumba lessons are available online on Youtube.

19. Organise your wardrobe

Organising isn’t fun for lazy people like me but it definitely is a time saver when you are looking for that crisp white shirt and you know exactly where it is. So thinking how its gonna be beneficial later, do it today.

20. Consume Positive Content

Besides all the extra scrolling that’s going to happen in this free time, it’s very important to fill yourself with all kinds of positivity. Limit the news or content you consume and spend some time off the screen.

21. Have self-care sessions

Pamper your skin with a nice moisturizer, apply a facemask, give yourself a mani/pedi or even DIY your own face scrub using kitchen ingredients.

Here’s an easy home-made scrub method taught by my mom
  • Take 1/2 tablespoon of curd
  • Add 1 tablespoon of gram flour to it
  • Add a pich of turmeric powder and mix it well
  • Apply in circular motions on face excluding the undereye area and lips and scrub gently.
  • Wash once it’s all dried up. Aaand you’re done!

22. Take online courses

Apart from all the fun stuff, this time can also be utilised to hustle and learn courses. There are plenty of options online on

23. Try those DIY tutorials you have in your saves since FOREVER

DIY crafts are so much fun to do. Inspite of keeping you occupied in a productive task, you can always flaunt them by saying ” Oh I made that! Thanks.”.

24. Have gossip sessions on video call with friends

Miss socializing with your friends? Guess they might be missing it too. Video call/ Face time them and you can still socialize with them while keeping a distance. Long distance friendships won’t seem too hard this way.

25. Spend time with your family

Since everyone’s home quarantining, try to spend more time with your family. Teach your parents about social media, play board games with them, watch movies together, share these tips with them….and they would love it. After all, we are all in this together.

Hope you all enjoyed the post! If you did, do share this post on your social medias to help others too.

Have some more tips to have a fun and productive home quarantine? Comment section is all yours.