Five productive tasks you can do while in isolation

21 April, 2020
We know many people are going stir crazy stuck inside.

There are some interesting videos circulating on the internet, featuring dress ups and homemade contraptions that open fridges and turn people into characters from video games.

While this is all good fun - and laughs are definitely needed at the moment! - if you are looking for some productive things to do in isolation, we’ve got some ideas.

While ‘netflix and chill’ does sound enticing - you’ve finally got time up your sleeve for all those jobs that you’ve been putting off - like goal setting, making a budget - or getting your tax organised!

Here’s some ways you can productively use your time.

1. Exercise

Health and fitness is something a lot of people struggle to make time for - between work, family and social commitments, getting to the gym or going for a run at 5am or 5pm is often a battle.

Well - most social commitments are now on the banned list! And kids need to get out and exercise too. Currently guidelines advise people to stay at home unless you are  
  • going to work or education (if you are unable to do so at home)
  • shopping for essential supplies such as groceries, return home without delay
  • attending medical appointments or compassionate visits
  • going out for personal exercise in the neighbourhood, on your own or with one other

There’s the loophole! You are also allowed to exercise with members of your household, while practicing social distancing.

So no more excuses! Getting active is also a great way to release endorphins during this stressful time.

2. Donate blood!

The government's current guidelines and restrictions do not prevent you from giving blood! A great reason to get out of the house - and save a life. Blood and plasma donation now, more than ever, remains absolutely vital.

Blood donor centres are still open and their teams are ready to welcome donors who are healthy and well.

The donor centres are strictly regulated spaces that have always adhered to strict sanitation protocols including wearing gloves, wiping down surfaces after every donation and using single use sterile collection kits for every donation.

Further measures have been implemented to help protect donors and staff, including:
  • Increased disinfecting of frequently used items
  • Providing additional hand sanitiser for donors to use
  • Additional daily disinfection of all areas in our centres including the donation floor, refreshment areas, reception and more
  • Restriction of non-donating visitors to our centres
  • Provision of public health information in every centre
  • We are also implementing social distancing in our centres wherever possible.

3. Learn a new skill

Due to to the COVID-19 situation, TAFE NSW is offering some fee-free* short courses that can be completed in just days or weeks, offering practical skills and experiences across a range of industries.

You can develop your administrative skills, grow your digital impact - and learn business skills that could bulk up your resume and open the doors to new career opportunities!

Or, why not learn a new language? There are several different programs available online to choose from.

4. Home improvement

Most local hardware stores are still currently open in NSW - so grab some supplies (please remember to socially distance yourself) and do all those odd jobs around the house you’ve been putting off. 

Paint a room, do some landscaping and soak in that vitamin D - or simply hang some new photos on the wall. 

You’d be surprised at how fulfilling that sense of accomplishment is!

5. Outline your budget

There’s a very good chance you have had to adapt your finances due to the COVID19 situation. 

In the worst case scenarios - some people have lost their job and are exploring government support to get them through this time. For many, this will mean they are bringing in less.

We are also generally spending less - all entertainment options are closed. This means no eating out, no big nights at the pub and no concerts. 

With such big changes to your income and spending, it’s a great time to rejig your budget to accurately reflect your new situation.

Taking stock

Now is a good time to take a beat, and think about what's most important to you. These past few months have shown us what really matters in life. When you strip everything down to the bare minimum and realise you can still be content, that’s a very special thing.

Maybe some of the things we learn during COVID19 can be taken with us once it’s over.

You might want to set some new goals (financially and personally.) You might want to make that extra effort to show loved ones how much they mean to you.