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How to Stay Productive During Social Distancing

You may be running out of ways to keep yourself busy at home. Whether it be investing in yourself or your space, we have a few tips for making the most of social distancing.

Mar 19, 2020

We’re all spending a lot of time at home as of late. It’s important that we stay safe and healthy during this time but doing so doesn’t have to be boring! There are plenty of ways to maximize productivity and enjoy the time you’re spending at home. Here are a few ideas to get you started: 


Nestle into your new routine

If being home this much is new to you, there’s probably some settling in that you need to do. It’s time to make your experience as comfy as possible. Since getting ready every morning is temporarily a thing of the past, start your day by changing out of pj’s and into loungewear. Doing so will still get you feeling like you're ready to conquer the day, but just in a cozier way.


Yes, we’re looking at you, junk drawer. Social distancing means spring cleaning has come early. It’s time to get into all of those nooks and crannies you’ve been ignoring like that overflowing drawer, the increasing pile of mail, or the dark corners of your closets. Do a little research for the best organizational methods for your space, too. You’ll be glad you did. 

Learn something new 

If time is only the thing that’s been stopping you from learning something new then now is the time to register for an online class or binge some online tutorials. The time you would’ve spent commuting or out with friends, you can now spend reaping the benefits of tons of free classes to fulfill any of your interests. 

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Get creative

If you’re running out of things to binge on Netflix, it’s probably time to unplug and do something creative. It’s the perfect time to pick up on old hobbies that you wouldn’t normally make time for now like that instrument that’s been collecting dust or that sketchbook you haven’t opened since college. You can also try knitting, crocheting, scrapbooking, or putting a puzzle together. Creative outlets are great ways to relieve the stress and anxiety of feeling stuck indoors. Before you know it, hours will have passed and you’ll be staring at your new masterpiece. 

Invent a new recipe

Take another look at what’s in your kitchen. Seek some inspiration to make something new. Maybe start with your spices as there are always one or two we don’t reach for often. There’s no better time to experiment! And hey, you might even learn you have some hidden culinary talent. 

Keep your water nearby

It’s easy to get caught up in sleeping, snacking, and overworking when you spend all day at home. Keeping your water nearby will remind you to stay hydrated at all times. 


Stay active

You can still get your daily workout in by streaming classes from your local studio. If your gym isn’t live streaming, there are great home workout routines on YouTube. But before you do, be sure to invest in a gift card to your studio or book future sessions. By doing so, you’ll continue to support your favorite small businesses while they’re closed. (If you’ve been meaning to start a workout routine, this tip is for you, too.) 

Stay connected 

Catching up with family and friends will help you kick any sense of isolation that social distancing may bring. There are definitely some names on the list of people you’ve been meaning to reach out to. Shoot them a call, an email, or schedule a video chat. They’re likely in need of some company, too. 

Written by Cybele Ramirez

Cybele is a freelance writer covering all things culture and lifestyle. She’s also a content strategist in the tech startup space and mastering Media Studies at The New School. You can find this native New Yorker canoodling her two dogs, trying out a new recipe, or on IG @cybelina.

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