So I’m guessing there have been a lot of these articles doing the rounds right now. I’m not really too worried about page views etc, but I did figure this was a good time to jot down some notes on the blog so as I have a record of this in future. Something to look back on and realise what I did to keep myself sane, but also (hopefully) come out of lockdown better than I went in. So here are my 5 things to do during the lockdown.
Let’s be honest, TV, Netflix, Amazon Prime, Disney+ has a lot of crap on it, and as much as I love them (and have them all) it’s not something that I want to spend all day every day doing. At the beginning of this year, before all this started, I set myself a task to read more. So far I’m nearly through my tenth book, and it’s been great.
Read fiction to have some fun, read something industry related to help you with work (or future work), read some self-help (see what all the fuss is about) or even get into some of the classics. Whatever it is, reading is a great way to pass the time.
If you’re feeling lazy, download Audible, another way to consume books without exerting the eyes.
This probably goes without saying, and is probably something we should all be more focused on in the day-to-day. But right now whilst in lockdown, there are no excuses to not be doing that 10 minutes a day on that app (Headspace or Calm) that you downloaded 9 months ago.
Taking 10 minutes out of your day, no matter whether the kids are running riot, you’re feeling down and fed up with the situation, or you’re sharpening knives whilst looking at your significant other, there are no excuses right now.
Make the time, spend 10-15 minutes and complete a session each and every day. For the first week or two, you’ll start to find you need those 10 minutes of introspection and peace and definitely one of the most important things to do during the lockdown.
I’m using Calm and now approaching a 50-day streak, it’s been awesome to help me stay focused and positive.
Again, sounds obvious. Since the beginning of the year, I tried to go for a 30-minute walk each and every day. I work from home all the time. Part of a distributed team, which means, I can often find myself stuck indoors for a day or two before realising I haven’t been outside. So 30 minutes walk each day was important.
With lockdown, I wanted to find something else that I could do, to help with strength. So, I started doing something really simple. Each day, I would do 10 press-ups. After a week, that became 2 sets of 10 press-ups. Each week I add a new exercise to the mini circuit.
I’m someone that’s never really trained or done much, so by adding slowly each week, it’s kept me able to keep going and not injure myself or get fed up by ludicrous workouts that end up killing me.
By the time of writing this, the current exercise regime is:
- 3 x 10 Press-ups
- 2 x 10 Squats
- 2 x 5 Curls (have a 12 kg kettlebell)
- 10 Sit-ups
After completing this for a week, I’ll add another exercise and slowly but surely, it’s getting easier to manage.
Cook Healthy Meals
We’ve all suddenly found ourselves at home, with some extra time to be able to focus on things. I’ve seen friends baking bread, making cakes and attempting all sorts of things that I’ve never seen them do before.
By making the time, we can focus on food prep and make mealtimes into something more meaningful than just a microwave lasagna. Find easy to make recipes to get you started. Find one-pot recipes if that helps.
Cooking doesn’t need to be Michelin star level every day, but taking a little time to prep something will help you feel better when you eat it too. Plus you never know, you may even surprise the res too the family with something delicious.
If you’ve never tried this before, now’s a great time and will make for some interesting reading when you look back over this time. I’ve journaled on and off for the better part of 10 years. But this year, I’ve been making a conscious effort.
It can be a great way to vent your frustrations, but it can be an even better place to keep track of what you’re grateful for. You see, no matter how different and murky things currently are, it’s not all bad, all the time. Things could be a hell of a lot worse right?
So try it out, see what feels good or what doesn’t. There are apps for your phone/websites, or just simply find an empty notebook or notepad at home and start from there. Whatever you do, it’s good to start to build up these habits and if we’re all going to be stuck inside for a while, might as well make the most of it.
That’s My 5 Things To Do During the Lockdown
If you’re in business for yourself, self-employed, entrepreneur, freelancer or other, I would highly recommend that you take some time to work on strategy and planning. Don’t get me wrong, the plans and strategies will probably change as this situation develops, however, it’s an asset to make time to work on your business, not just in your business like usual.
See if there are marketing tasks you can do, keyword research for blog content, finally sharing those pictures of products/services you’ve completed for other clients. Find a way to communicate with your audience without selling to them. Keep in touch. I know it’s a cliché, but we are all in this together.
That’s it from me. Just wanted to share my 5 things to do during the lockdown. These are the things I’m doing to try to keep me sane and in relatively good mental/physical shape. I’d love to hear what you’re doing to pass the time or to simply get that little kick of feel-good factor into your day.
Hope you’re all staying safe and staying home.