Holy cow, is there a lot of stuff to do! Is anyone bored yet? Not me! I still don’t have enough time in the day to finish what I’d like to do.
Keeping your mind and body active is important for overall health.
Find productive things to do. There is almost nothing more frustrating and deflating than looking back at the end of the day and find you have wasted a bunch of time. And don’t think that, oh well, you’ve got plenty of time tomorrow. When we can go out again, don’t you want to be changed, renewed, more learned, more accomplished and more capable than when you went in? Don’t you want to be closer to family and friends?
Here are a few ideas on how to spend productive time:
Talk with each other. Like, have face-to-real-face conversations
Color (with a coloring book, or make your own)
Listen to the radio
- go for a walk
- bike ride
- rollerskate or rollerblade
- play corn hole or hopscotch or jacks or tag or Simon Says or Red Rover, or hide and seek.
- Jump rope
- play catch: baseball, softball, Frisbee, or kick a beach ball or dodgeball
- Take a nature walk (this would be worth it, even if you have to drive to get there). Investigate as you go, breathe deeply the fresh air. If it’s warm, go barefoot.
Is your library open? Check out some how-to books, fiction, non-fiction. Learn how to do something you’ve always wanted to do: is it knitting or crocheting? Varnishing / refinishing? Cooking? Play chess? Play canasta?
Clean the house. It’s spring. Do spring cleaning.
- Clear out the cobwebs and dust bunnies
- Sweep / vacuum / mop all the floors (yes, move the furniture, and wipe/dust the furniture backs and sides)
- Wipe down / dust all surfaces
- Disinfect whatever needs it
- Take stuff out of closets, fluff it up / wipe it off, clean the floors and shelves, put things away neatly
- Take those area rugs and carpets out into the sunshine and shake or whack away.
- Wipe off all your kitchen appliances.
While you’re cleaning, organize stuff. You’ve always wanted to do this; now you have the perfect opportunity. SO much to organize: closets, kitchen cupboards, the garage, the shed, the freezer, the downstairs pantry, bedrooms, drawers, books, clothing, collections. Clean as you go.
While you’re organizing, sift out what you don’t use any more. Collect items to bring to donation points (Salvation Army, Goodwill, second-hand stores, etc).
Can you start a garden yet? If not, maybe some inside plantings.
Play the piano, or other instrument.
Play board games and card games. Don’t know how? See library suggestion, above.
Cook great meals. Make it a family affair.
PRAY. Pray by yourself, pray with your spouse. Pray with your family. Pray with your friends over the telephone.
Write a play and act it out.
Get moving! Blow the dust off your exercise videos and DVDs.
Sit quietly and listen to some of those CDs that are sitting in the basement.
- Lessons for your children or others
- Letters (hand-written letters are such a blessing!)
- Along this line, start a pen pal friendship. There are pen pal resources at the library or online.
Home projects. Hardware stores are still open. Fix that squeaky door. Repair the window screen. Replace that snarky outlet. Refinish or re-upholster your chairs.
Telephone your neighbors. Arrange a time for a neighborhood walk to wave at each other as you pass, or through windows.
Sidewalk chalk! Coordinate with neighbors, and have an art walk afterward.
- Stand on the sidewalk as you chat with your neighbor
- Drive over to a nursing home, assisted living, or friend or relative’s house. Bring a camp chair. Chat via phone, through the window, or stay outside as they speak through an open window or from a porch.
I just learned how to Zoom! I practiced with a couple of friends from church, and we are setting up prayer times. Zoom.us is the website. They have generous free options, in addition to paid options. Other video chat sites:
- Google hangouts
- Facebook messenger
- Facetime (for Apple users)
What to do in group video chats:
- Bible study
- Church service
- Hymn sing (one person can hold up a hymnal to the screen for everyone to sing from)
- Dinner party: everyone can cook the same thing, or different dishes. Chat while you prepare dinner “together,” then chat while you eat.
- Watch the same movie and chat about it
- Craft party: sewing, quilting, knitting, crocheting, jewelry making
- Have a group of talented people? Take turns teaching what you do best.
Take online classes from an accredited college or university. Always wanted to get that degree? Get that promotion? Change jobs? This is the perfect time to get the education you never had the time for.
https://www.mybluprint.com/ Bluprint is offering free classes until April 9th. They offer a LOT of stuff!
You can learn or watch just about anything on youtube. One I find interesting is cake decorating. Or look for essential oils, car repair and maintenance, making soap, baking, drawing, cut your hair, sing, sew, make your own sourdough starter, solve a Rubik’s cube, play the piano, figure out or find cool things on your smart phone or tablet…
Start or join an online book club to discuss books. Your local library is a good resource.
Learn how to play cards. Then turn off the computer and play cards. https://bicyclecards.com/rules/ If you don’t find the card game you want, just type how to play _____ in the web address line (i.e., how to play canasta) and you’ll get a stack of results. (The Bicycle site will likely be first.)
Listen to online sermons or educational talks:
Take educational tours:
- Museum tours. Do a search and many will show up. Here’s one site with 12: https://www.travelandleisure.com/attractions/museums-galleries/museums-with-virtual-tours and another: https://www.france24.com/en/video/20200401-coronavirus-covid-19-museums-around-the-world-offer-virtual-visits
- Museums, zoos, and theme parks are offering tours: https://www.goodhousekeeping.com/life/travel/a31784720/best-virtual-tours/
Your local PBS stations have oodles of educational and informative online resources for adults and kids.
Get moving! Find dance and/or exercise videos. On youtube, search dance exercise workout.
Some of our local shops are going online with tutorials to go with products they sell. For example, paint-and-take shops and other crafts.
E-mail all your best friends. E-mail people who are kinda friends.