Did you know that writing down your goals increases the odds of accomplishing them?
Last Monday, I asked my friends on Instagram what they wanted to achieve within the week. It was a wholesome way of connecting while also giving them the chance to actualize their goals through the commitment of words—two birds, one stone.
A bunch of answers sharing a common theme came flooding in: productivity.
I want to ask you a question: How long have you been cooped up inside your house, and how has that affected your productivity? (Leave your answer in the comments!)
If you’re in a slump, please don’t beat yourself up. There are healthier and better ways to get yourself moving and regain momentum. That’s exactly what this article is about. Here are 15 Creative and Kind Ways to be Productive Using the Things You Have at Home:
- Arts and Craft
Arts and Craft
1. Blackout poetry
You can get inspiration here.
2. Start an eco-friendly clothing line! (or learn how to)
3. Make music with Artificial Intelligence!
In residence at Google Arts & Culture, David Li has launched a machine-learning experiment that pays tribute to the first musical instrument that ever graced humanity—the human voice.
4. Take a tour of the British Museum.
Or learn about art and history, play mind games. You can even turn yourself into a renaissance painting with the Google Arts & Culture App.
5. Create a stop motion film with your phone
Coraline, a childhood favorite, is a stop motion film. Maybe your movie won’t be as good on the first try, but who knows? Perhaps, you’ll come to love this activity as a medium of expression. For a beginner tutorial, click here. If you want to find out what apps you can use, click here.
6. Discover new stuff you should know with Stuff You Should Know.
Podcasts. I hope you love them as much as I do. They’re accessible, time-saving, and always entertaining. Podcasts are like bite-size cookies of information that you can take with you on the go. There’s a podcast for every topic, but if you like a little mystery and history, listen to this episode of Stuff You Should Know Short Stuff: The Body in the Cylinder.
7. Watch a documentary on YouTube.
If you’re a visual learner, YouTube is replete with documentaries. Look for topics that pique your interest, or start with this awe-inspiring look into nature, Our Planet.
8. Read and download books for FREE on Project Gutenberg.
As part of PG’s effort to digitize and archive cultural works, it’s making ebooks available for everyone. If that doesn’t make your heart leap, I don’t know what will. (Actually, I can think of other things, but I’m a dramatic bookworm, so that’s that.)
9. Get a degree from Harvard, Berkeley, or MIT.
edX’s vision is to help create a world where learners have all the tools they need to unlock their full potential, wherever and whoever they are. You can be part of that vision, too. All you need is to click on a few buttons, and you’re off to the moon. Learning is one way of reaching for the stars.
10. Learn how to say “productive” in French.
Download a new language into your system with apps like Duolingo or Babbel. If you’re like me, a sucker for all things French, follow Learn French with Alexa on YouTube for comprehensive and fun tutorials!
11. Basic but necessary—exercise.
Exercise has been tried and tested, and it works. Who needs the gym when you have these powerful ladies by your side, anytime, anywhere? Need a hand on how to start your day? I gotchu.
Top 3 fave Youtube accounts for women’s workouts:
12. De-clutter and clean a small portion of your room or house.
Your external environment and your internal environment are connected, which means that if your personal space looks like a hoarder’s stash fell on your house, it might affect how you feel inside. As I’ve said before, you can always start small. That applies to cleaning as well.
13. Take care of your mental and emotional health with the free Daily Affirmations Journal.
The Daily Affirmations Journal contains 4 personal worksheets and 10 personal affirmations you can use whenever you need a boost of inspiration. It was made to help you navigate your feelings of self-doubt and unworthiness in a productive and healthy way. You can download it here.
14. Meditate with Smiling Mind.
Did I mention this app is free? Yep. It’s filled with hundreds of meditations organized into structured programs like Mindful Foundations (42 sessions), Sleep (6 sessions), Relationships (13 sessions), and Workplace (41 sessions). The best part is you get to work on your own time and at your own pace.
According to author and ‘productivity nerd’ Chris Bailey, “Sleep is exchanging your time for energy.” No matter what other people say, sleep is a productive way of spending your time, especially if you’re someone who works consistently. Get your beauty rest, girl. You deserve it.
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