Lockdown Learning | Ways to Fill Your Time
As we enter Lockdown 2.0 I want to share some ways you can use this time to learn new things.
A lot of people I know have been out of work, or doing less work, as a result of Lockdown for nearly six months of 2020. How many times throughout your life do you think you’ll get the opportunity to be paid for not working? To me this is the perfect time to learn new things. Or at the least, expand your horizons.
You don’t need to be productive during Lockdown 2.0. In fact, if you’re feeling burnt out and your mental health is suffering then take this time to focus on self-care. But if you’re like me and need to keep busy in order to keep in a good frame of mine, here are some suggestions of what you can do.
Listen to Podcasts
I recommend Ctrl Alt Delete by Emma Gannon, How to Fail by Elizabeth Day and How to Own the Room by Viv Groskop. All great podcasts by women that will enlighten and educate you. They make great background noise to for when you’re getting ready in the morning or doing your afternoon activities like cleaning or exercise.
Sign up to a Book Club
Get a parcel of escape delivered to your door each month with a Book Club Subscription. I personally recommend The Willoughby Book Club – which offers a variety of book boxes from bespoke to your taste to history and lifestyle.
Download some new apps
From the ever popular DuoLingo to the Fitbit app, or simply BorrowBox – a library app to expand your horizons for free – or a simple Sudoko game to exercise your brain.
Start something new
Be it a Book Club with friends via Zoom or Facebook Video, a side hustle where you create stickers to sell on Etsy or a workshop series like I did with #MarketYourMarketing. Starting something new will fill the time and speed up time as you’ll have something to distract you during Lockdown.
Whether you write a journal, a fact a day or write a novel, writing is a great exercise to keep the mind active. It’s also great at channeling some creative out of you when you’re feeling low or need to get things out of your system. Instead of using your phone or computer, write by hand. Even if it’s just a groceries list or your daily to-do.
Focus on your space
When living in lockdown you spend a lot of time in one space, so you need to make sure that space is good for you. Whether that means cleaning and decluttering or re-doing the whole room, it’s up to you. For me, I’m giving my living room a fresh lick of paint and I’m making sure to clean properly – hoover, dusting, wiping surfaces the whole shebang – as often as I can.
These are simple ways to fill your time during this lockdown. You don’t need to be productive, you don’t need to achieve anything. If you want to sit at home the entire time and binge-watch TV then do so. It’s your life. But don’t let yourself become sedentary.
What are you going to do this lockdown to fill your time? Let me know in the comments below.