Are you self-isolating because you’re experiencing some of the symptoms of the coronavirus? Or perhaps you’re in the high-risk category and have to self-isolate to keep yourself safe? Or maybe you’re just bored in lockdown and are looking for something productive to do?
Whatever scenario you find yourself in, you can make the best of a bad situation by getting stuck into some tasks you’d not usually have the time for. With that in mind, here are our three top tips to help you make your self-isolation as productive as it can be.
Get on top of your finances
Never has there been a better time to take control of your finances. If your finances have taken a hit due to the pandemic or you simply want to plan for the future, this is a great time to draw up a comprehensive budget that will help you to achieve your goals.
This free budget template from Wonga that you can download and fill in is a good starting point to work out your personal budget. It will clearly show you exactly where your money is going, how much money you have to spend and how much you could save. Each category of spending is broken down into individual items with a ‘projected cost’ and an ‘actual cost’. This can be a simple but effective way to highlight areas where you’re spending much more than you would like.
Organize your wardrobe
There’s never a good time to organise your wardrobe – until now. All that blissful solitude will provide ample opportunity to get to grips with even the most unruly wardrobe. We recommend ditching items that you haven’t worn in the last six months and taking them either to a charity shop if they’re in good condition, or to your local clothes recycling bank.
The best way to organise the clothes you want to keep is to group similar items together and move the outfits you wear most often into your wardrobe’s prime real estate. Vacuum storage bags are also a great way to remove clutter and help you make the most of your available space. Here’s a few more wardrobe decluttering tips courtesy of Good Housekeeping.
Let yourself relax
Sometimes, the best way to be productive is to do absolutely nothing at all. Our lives are so busy these days that opportunities to truly relax are few and far between. If you have no young children to look after, you should take this once in a lifetime opportunity (hopefully) to spend a prolonged period of time reading some great books, watching films you never got around to seeing and soaking up the sun. The current situation is stressful enough, so make sure you give yourself plenty of time to recuperate and relax.
What are you doing to stay productive during self-isolation? Please share your tips with our readers in the comments section below.