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How to be Productive During a Quarantine

March 27, 2020

At the start of 2020, I mapped out some of my blog posts and ideas I had for this year. Never would I have imagined this would be a topic that would make it, but alas, here we are. Honestly, I haven’t felt much stress from this quarantine because I still have an “essential” job and I moved during the first week. Needless to say, I have been very busy and distracted. However, I did think of some daily habits that have made this first week of working from home and dealing with a quarantine more productive.

Make your bed

Start your morning off on the right note, and make your bed. It seriously only takes a couple of minutes and will keep you from climbing in and spending the day in bed.

Create a to do list

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Get colored pens to make it fun, but create a to do list. This will help you see what your to dos are for the day or week. Here are some tips for making and keeping up with to do lists.

Set up a workspace

It’s not practical for everyone to have a designated room as their workspace, but setting up a stationary spot helps boost productivity. Whether you choose to use half of your dining room table, your bar, or a corner of your bedroom, set up a space that works for you. Be sure to keep it clean, organized, and straighten up at the end of the day.

Organize

Now that you have more time on your hands, use it to organize. Start with one area of your house and work your way around. It helps to organize something small at first, a drawer or cabinet, then move from there. One of the biggest jobs to tackle is your closet, so check out this post for tips for organizing your closet. Now is the time to purge, so get rid of things you don’t want or need to give your necessary items space and organization.

Exercise

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Now is the time to get it done. There are many wonderful videos for online workouts that are affordable or free!

Sign up for a virtual Grit Fitness Membership for only $49/month. They have daily live classes and a ton of classes On Demand.

Tone It Up has a free week available to new users, then you pay a low monthly fee to continue live and on demands work outs.

Check out my no weights arm workout, core workout, band workout, and jump rope workout. If you really need cardio in your life, but need something that goes easy on your joints, try this chair cardio workout for lower body injuries.

Gratitude Journal

Start and write in a gratitude journal. It’s easy to become overwhelmed with everything that is going on, so to take a few moments to think about the bright spots in your day is not only productive, but beneficial to your mental health.

Buy a plant…or several

Plants not only bring oxygen to your home, but give you something to care for other than yourself. Put one near your workspace or somewhere visible. Check on the soil daily, and add water as needed.

Learn to cook

With all of this extra time, try a new recipe! Search Pinterest for something delicious and make it. The worst that can happen is it’s not good, but maybe you will discover your new favorite recipe or a hidden talent for cooking.

Support your favorite restaurant

If cooking isn’t your thing, or even if it is, support your favorite restaurant and order to go food. Texas is allowing restaurants to sell mixed drinks (margaritas and mambo taxis!!) with a meal too! Take advantage of this Texans, because we don’t know how long it will last.

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