12 Ways to Make Lockdown Productive

Lockdown Productive

By Amarachi Ezeibekwe

If you live in Lagos or Abuja in Nigeria, you probably have been wondering what will become of you during the lockdown.

Being stuck at home wasn’t the lifestyle we envisioned for ourselves at the beginning of the year. Now that coronavirus has sent both workers and students alike home, it is important to create new routines that will help make our long days at home meaningful and yeah, productive.

Here are some tasks that you can carry out to help you make the most of your long days at home.

Organize your mailbox

You didn’t think of that, yeah? Before the lockdown, you may not have found the time to tidy your SMS inbox or mailbox. Delete junk and unwanted emails. You can do this every day and by the end of a week, you’ll be surprised at what you were able to achieve.

Create a meal plan

If you have always been concerned about what and how you eat, now’s the perfect time to come up with a meal plan that suits your dietary needs.

If you have kids, you’ll be glad that you don’t have to bother about packing lunch boxes. Still, you have to think about what to fix for breakfast, lunch, and dinner with everyone at home. To ease yourself of the stress, simply take out 20 – 30minutes to make a week’s meal plan. That way, cooking can be less stressful.

Take part in home workout class

Gyms are not exempted in the lockdown but that should not be an excuse for you to go days or weeks without keeping fit. For fitness enthusiasts, you can partake in online workout classes.

Try out a new recipe

There are numerous recipes online. You could check out a food blog and try out one of their recipes.

Sort your playlist

Just like organizing your mailbox, you can sort out your playlist, do away with unwanted songs and organize your songs according to genres.

Iron your clothes

If you are like me and have asked your domestic help not to show up cos you need to self distance as instructed, then you know you can’t leave your chores piling up either. This is a task many of us hate but hey, you’ve got a lot of time, and it could be a way to pass time while listening to the playlist you just sorted.

Read a book

For those of us who have lost interest in reading or just have been too busy, this might be a good time to pick up the reading habit again. To ease into it, you can start off with e-books or audiobooks and then progress to the old-school method.

Catch up on trending Netflix series

During a lockdown, we are most likely to spend time watching TV, so why not catch up on what’s trending on Netflix. You can make a list of dope movies and share them here.

Sort out the fridge

If whenever you open your fridge, you don’t like the sight that greets you, now is the perfect time to sort out the refrigerator. Check for expired foods and do away with them. Arrange the items properly so that you don’t have to shove the fridge hard in a bid to close it.

Clean out the kitchen cabinets

Now could be time to organize your shelves and cabinets as you have always envisioned them to be. Even those who have help at home will agree with me that sometimes, they do not get it right. Time is what you have at hand now. It could be worthwhile to delve into cabinet spring-cleaning just to pass time and be productive as well. Win-win situation right there!

Take care of your skin

Don’t neglect your skin because you no longer go out. In fact, now is a perfect time to dedicate to skincare especially for those who love peels. You can peel perfectly fine without worrying about what you look considering it’s a lockdown. Let your skin rejuvenate, stay off the sun to heal already sun-damaged skin, drink lots of water to help detoxify and clear acne-prone skin. Stay consistent with your skin routine to keep that skin healthy.

Clean the windows

You’ll be glad you did.

Dipo Olowookere is a journalist based in Nigeria that has passion for reporting business news stories. At his leisure time, he watches football and supports 3SC of Ibadan. Mr Olowookere can be reached via dipo.olowookere@businesspost.ng

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