Staying productive can be difficult, especially when you are stuck at home. But there are so many ways to keep yourself busy, as well as increase your productivity. Students can also make use of this spare time by doing some productive things that will get their minds working.
Here is a list of some things that students can do at home in their free time.
Learn about a new skill
There are many free courses available online that you can take advantage of during your free time. These courses are offered by many websites and applications such as Coursera, Udemy, Khan Academy, and so on. One could learn about new languages, coding, or even just read up on how to paint/draw!
There is nothing more fun than reading books during the summer break or even when it is raining outside. You can find tons of books on Amazon Kindle or any other apps that offer e-books for free or at low prices.
Reading is often a great way to learn about new things and even enhance your knowledge about different subjects in school!
Do your chores
Did you know that there are studies that show doing chores is one of the main ways to boost happiness? Doing chores helps one stay organized and productive.
Get your workspace set up for success
The first step in being productive is making sure that you have the right tools and environment to get the job done.
If you don’t have a dedicated workspace at home, create one: find a table or desk that gives you plenty of room to spread out and put your laptop or computer on it. Sit in a comfortable chair, away from distractions like the TV, refrigerator, or other people.
Get organized & block out your time
Set aside specific blocks of time dedicated to getting work done, just as you would during an ordinary workday: check email in the morning; hold meetings at the same times each week; answer phone calls during business hours, and set aside specific times to tackle specific tasks.
Do your schoolwork
Assignments may not seem as important right now, but they are. Completing these tasks will take a load off your mind when you return to school.
It’s also important to maintain good grades so that you can continue in your career or pursue higher education.
Make a study schedule
Organize a daily schedule that includes all the things you need to accomplish. You may even choose to go beyond the typical requirements and learn something new.
Spend time with family
You may have been too busy before with school and work, but now is an excellent time for spending quality time with loved ones. Play games together, have movie nights, or simply enjoy each other’s company.
Invest in a hobby
You have plenty of time to sit back and relax and there’s nothing wrong with doing that, but if you’re looking for a more productive way to spend your time, why not pick up a new hobby?
Whether it’s crocheting, painting, writing, or learning an instrument, figure out what you like to do and start doing it. You’ll be surprised by how much you enjoy it and how much more productive you feel.
Organize your room
Organization has a lot of benefits and one of them is productivity. Organize your room so that you can focus on studying when the time comes.
Clear away distractions from your desk and put them somewhere else in the room.
Put together a study area so that when the time comes for studying, you can just sit at your desk and get straight to work. This will help keep you focused when you go back to school.
Clean out your closet
Yes, cleaning out your closet sounds like a chore but doing so is actually quite therapeutic. There are probably some things that need to be thrown away or donated.
Get a journal and start jotting down your thoughts, ideas, life goals, daily events, and other things that matter to you.
A journal is a great way to reflect on your past actions and past experiences which allows you to learn from your mistakes for the future.
Enroll in a free course
There are many free courses out there from popular course providers like Udemy or Coursera which allow you to hone your skills or learn new ones.
This is an excellent way for self-improvement as well as keeping yourself occupied during this long break.
Complete a daily puzzle
It’s not just a way to pass the time, it also has a number of benefits. One study showed that completing a crossword each day can be an effective way to improve your memory and increase your cognitive function.
If you’re feeling stressed, the most productive thing you can do is take some time to breathe and relax.
Meditation is associated with improved concentration and reduced stress levels, so it’s worth taking 5-10 minutes out of your day to focus on your breathing.
Learn how to cook
Whether you want to bake some cookies or make a full meal, cooking is a useful skill that will help you throughout your life.
Learn a craft
There’s a wealth of free video courses online for things like drawing, knitting, painting, and playing instruments. A lot of them offer free taster videos so you can try them before you buy — or just watch the free content and never pay a penny.
Watch a documentary series
If there was ever a time to learn about something you’ve always been interested in, this is it! You can choose from any number of subjects on Netflix, Amazon Prime, YouTube, or other streaming services.
You’ll feel good if you help others during this difficult period. There are many ways to do that without leaving your home. If you’re in good health, consider donating blood or becoming an organ donor.
If you have time on your hands, look into virtual volunteering opportunities with charities and other organizations.
It’s also worth checking out our guide to helping the elderly during lockdown for ways to lend support to older people in your community from afar.
Record your story
Do you have a grandparent or other elder you’d love to know more about? How about recording their life story? The key is to make the process fun and easy for them, so ask questions that prompt them to talk.
You can record their voice on your phone or even do it via Zoom with a few family members.
Do a digital detox
Make time each day when you turn off all screens and spend time outside or doing something creative. That could include painting, drawing, learning how to play an instrument, or even playing with clay (which is super cheap!)
Find a local pottery studio that offers hand-building classes where they’ll teach you the basics of making vessels from clay.
Start a garden
It’s also a nice way to meet neighbors who may also have gardens. If you are interested in getting produce from your garden, but lack space, try growing vegetables in containers.
Take up cooking
Cooking is one of the best ways to maintain good health and learn about different cultures. You can try out new recipes, experiment with ingredients, and learn the basics of how to cook. The best part is that the more you cook, the better you get at it.
Learn a new language
Many factors make learning a foreign language easier as a student. Learning a new language opens new doors for your future career and gives you access to more opportunities in life, such as internships abroad or travel (when we’re allowed again).
The key is to set a goal and work towards achieving it. Don’t let unproductive, procrastination behaviors get the best of you.
Try setting a timer for tasks that require more concentration, such as research or writing. Focus on the task at hand and get it done, without distracting yourself with other things.
And don’t forget to take breaks! Whether that means checking your phone every so often (just don’t fall down a Reddit hole) or going for a walk outdoors, taking regular breaks from your computer.