April 8, 2020
I’m not going to sugar coat it; being stuck at home is really, really boring for most people. If it is not boring for you, you’re very lucky. Most people have now started up a new hobby. My new hobby is washing the dishes, which may seem odd, but is just relaxing and soothing for me. But here are some more common hobbies that I encourage you to try:
- Baking or cooking
- Sewing or knitting
- Writing or poetry
- Write cards to others (saying how grateful you are for them or how awesome they are)
- Painting, drawing, poetry or any other form of art
- Learn how to say hello in 50 languages
- Start taking daily walks or runs.
Thanks to a new disease called the COVID-19 (also known as Coronavirus) Traverse City is under a quarantine order, meaning we can only leave our house for health or safety reasons (buying food, buying medical products, etc) this means only shoppers, lawyers (and other government jobs), medical workers, and people who work at stores can leave their house. Yet, despite all of that kids still have school. Not brick and mortar schools, but online schools. It can be really hard to focus and get stuff done when you are at home, especially if you have siblings or your parents are always home. But I have composed a list of tips that can help you become more successful at home.
- Get up at an alarm. When you don’t need to get up early for school, it can be hard not to sleep in. But if you stay in bed until 10 or 11, you’re not going to want to get up and get work done. I’m not saying you should get up at 6 but maybe set an alarm for 8 or 9. Just getting up after an alarm goes off makes you feel more ready to face the day. It will allow you time to sleep, but not enough to make you feel lazy.
- When you do get up, put on clothes, brush your hair, and that sort of thing. Getting dressed will make you not only feel more awake but also it helps you to feel more ready to face the day and less like you want to lay back down.
- Eat. I would always suggest having breakfast (but some people don’t like to and get through the day just fine without it).
- Make a list. After you are awake and ready to go, make a list of what you want to get done. My family does this and it really helps most people (unless you’re my sister). Don’t make a schedule that tells you 20 minutes to do math, then 10 minutes of break, then 45 minutes of science (schedules that normally result in lots of stress).
- Start getting stuff done right away. It is simple; get stuff done.
- As you work try not to take too many breaks. If you take too many, you can get sucked in and forget to go back to work. I would even go so far to say, try not to take any breaks until you are done (unless it is a snack or lunch break).
- Play music. Maybe music helps you work. I love both working and reading while playing music. Music can be distracting, though, so keeping it at a low volume is probably the best bet.
- And every time you get something done, cross it off your list, making you feel satisfied.