Whether it’s due to a global pandemic, sickness, or just another rainy day, we all find ourselves trapped inside sometimes. With that can often come low motivation or desire to be productive—especially when your comfy couch and TV are right there! But, it’s important to stay productive and maintain a schedule when you have to stay inside. Let’s talk about being productive while you’re stuck indoors.
Prepare in Advance
Even though being stuck indoors usually isn’t something you plan for, it’s always helpful to have that situation in mind when setting up your space. It could also come in handy when you have to do some extra work from home!
One great place to start when preparing for an extended period indoors, is setting up somewhere you can get work done. This could be as complicated as a home office and a full desktop computer, or as simple as having a lap desk and laptop close by. As long as you have a designated spot to work at, whether you’re stuck inside or not, you’ll be able to greatly increase your productivity by having a space to work in.
In addition to having a place to work, it’s also a great idea to establish a morning and night routine. This can help provide structure and stability to the uncertainty of your day-to-day. Even if you’re sick and can’t do much out of bed, at least making an effort to do one or two things each morning and night will help a lot. When we establish routines, it’s easier for our brains to recognize that it’s no longer time to rest and relax. Now is the time to get to work!
If you didn’t have an established schedule before your lockdown started, now is the perfect time to put one in place. Sit down and list out what you’d like to accomplish at the beginning and end of your day. Then do your best to put it into place. You’d be surprised at how much establishing a schedule could positively benefit your healthy lifestyle.
Ways to be Productive
Even when you prepare in advance, it can be hard to adjust to only being productive inside of your home. Here are some ways to be productive when you’re stuck indoors.
One of the best ways to promote productivity is by living a wellness lifestyle. This means doing everything you can to promote overall wellness and health. Exercising, eating right, taking care of your mental health, getting enough sleep, and working on your hobbies are all great ways to promote a wellness lifestyle. When you’re being taken care of, it’s a lot easier to focus on productivity and getting your projects done. If you have needs that aren’t being met, it’s a lot easier to get distracted and not accomplish much.
Before you get started for the day, make sure you take some time for yourself. Starting the day with a focus on your health is a great way to promote productivity. This can look like exercise, meditation, eating a well-balanced meal, and more.
Another way to promote productivity is by removing as many distractions as possible. Since you’re at home, it will be nearly impossible to get rid of them all. But, there are steps you can take to minimize the effect they have on you. A great place to start, is by working in a place with no TV or other sort of entertainment system. It’s easy to convince yourself that you’ll just watch for a few minutes. But eventually, those minutes have turned into hours!
Another good way to eliminate distractions is by getting chores done before you have to work, or set a certain time each day to do them. Even though cleaning or doing laundry is technically a productive task, it can be easy to do these in place of something you’ve been putting off.
While not always easy, we recommend “eating your frog” first thing in the morning. The idea is to finish the thing you’re looking forward to the least, right away. That way, you don’t have to dread it for the rest of your day, and you can do more enjoyable tasks. It can also help prevent procrastination.
Overcoming Cabin Fever
When you’re stuck indoors, it can be easy to go stir crazy at times. Luckily, there are things you and your family can do to overcome it together.
Being in an enclosed space with others can sometimes get wearing on our energy and mental health. If you’re inside with others for an extended period of time, make sure to set aside alone time regularly. That may be hard if you or others are sharing rooms, but it isn’t impossible. Make sure to have a talk with your significant other or children and explain the importance of everyone having their alone time. Then, find ways to make that happen. One of you can read in the living room, while the other can do some yoga in the bedroom. Having some much needed alone time will help you keep the peace when you’re stuck inside with others.
While alone time is important, purposefully setting aside time to be together is essential. It’s one thing to find yourselves in the same place at the same time, but deciding to watch a movie or play a board game together on a certain night can make all the difference. It will also give you something to look forward to when being stuck inside grows tiring.
Having a lot of pent up energy and emotion when stuck inside can be taxing. Look for ways to get your body moving each day. Even if it isn’t an intense workout, dancing in the kitchen while you’re making dinner or playing with the kids is a great way to engage your mind and body. This will help burn off any excess energy, making you feel more satisfied and tired at the end of the day.
If you need some extra help keeping calm during a stressful day stuck indoors, we recommend trying out our Calm CBD Roll-On. You’ll get all of the added benefits of CBD oil, as well as some beautiful essential oils like Lavender, Ylang Ylang, Eucalyptus, and more! It’s a great addition to your wellness routine overall, especially when you’re trying to be productive.
You’re Not Alone
It can be easy to lose hope when you’re stuck inside for a long time. But, one of the most important things to remember, is that you aren’t alone. Especially during these times, when everyone has been stuck indoors for months. Try to make the effort to connect with others digitally. We have a lot of tools at our disposal to connect with our loved ones no matter what the current circumstances are. This can help us feel less lonely and make being stuck indoors more bearable.
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