Activities to do in Lockdown

Activities to do in Lockdown

 30 Apr 2020

It’s day 37 of lockdown (I think, to be honest I had to google how many days it has been) and by this point most people are now into some form of routine. Some are furloughed, some are still trying to work at home and some are enjoying their free time by learning new skills. So, this week I’ve decided to share with you my top 8 things to do in lockdown.
 
  1. Get on top of your massive laundry pile.
I’m not much of a housewife and I hate doing my washing, especially when working full time but being in the house all day every day and being in jammies 99% of the time gives me no excuse to not get all my washing done. It’s a simple task that will make you feel like you’ve accomplished something with your day.
  1. Learn an instrument.
So, hear me out, I know now is not the time to annoy your neighbours but learning an instrument is a great way to keep your brain working as well as being creative. It’s a slow process and will take patience and practice, but by the end of lockdown you might have a new skill to show off at the work Christmas party. Disclaimer: I only recommend practicing said instrument between the hours of 11am-7pm, for your neighbour’s sake – trust me I found out the hard way.
  1. Bake banana bread.
According to my Facebook you’re not doing lockdown right if you’ve not baked banana bread! I however prefer to eat the banana bread instead of baking it, but even I’m willing to give it a shot. Here’s the simplest recipe I could find so for all those inexperienced bakers out there, enjoy!
 
Step 1 – Get someone else (in your household) to make it, take a photo for Facebook and then eat it all in one night.
  1. Online courses.
Now is the time to learn about the thing you’ve always been putting off. Online courses aren’t for everyone but now is the time to try. There’s several platforms to access free content on the most random of subjects from ‘Beginner’s guide to HR’ to ‘Dog Grooming’ the list is endless but why not give it a go.
 
  •  It has several courses in different subjects including ones made specifically to help people learn more about the pandemic. Most of the courses are free but some cost and with the ones you pay for you’ll get credits/qualifications.
  • If you’ve got a little bit of extra money lying about I can’t recommend masterclass enough. You need to pay for a yearly subscription but they currently have a promotion on of buy one get one free! Masterclass has experts in their field teaching you through 30 video lessons (with assignments) giving you helpful inside information that they’ve learnt across their career. They include Gordon Ramsay: Teaches Cooking, Bob Iger (former CEO of Disney): Teaches Business Strategy and Leadership, Serena Williams: Teaches Tennis. The list goes on they have everything from Mixology to Space Exploration. Not to mention everything is on a handy app that you can watch on your TV or phone.
  • One of the most prestigious Universities is offering anyone a chance to learn during the pandemic with making 70 courses available for FREE online. They include, programming, Shakespeare, video game development – the list goes on.
  1. Update your CV.
In this uncertain time, no one knows what the future will hold so I say try to use this time to plan so you can hit the ground running. As we’re a recruitment business we always recommend you have the most up-to-date version of your CV ready to go, but I know that’s not always possible, getting your CV right is time consuming and not always the most interesting task but once it’s done, it’s done and it will make your life so much easier. Plus, you need to show off all these new skills you’ve learnt during lockdown. Just so we’re clear, I mean the courses you’ve completed and skills you’ve learnt to further your career, not the fact that you learnt how to make banana bread!
  1. Learn a language.
If, like me, you learnt a language when you were in school and feel you need a refresher, or if you are completely new to learning a language the only thing I’m going to recommend is the app – Duolingo. It’s fun, educational and, well, fun! It has 94 languages to learn at all different levels so if it’s a refresher course you need or you’re a complete beginner I guarantee you won’t regret downloading it.
  1. Read a book/Listen to a podcast.
Reading is something I always say I’ll make time for but never get around too, so I’ve been making a conscious effort to try and read books for enjoyment and to further my career prospects. A personal favourite of mine is Ryan Serhant’s ‘Sell it like Serhant’, taking you through every aspect of closing a deal. While this is, more sales based than my current role, the skills learnt through it are applicable to every walk of life. If you are a busy person and feel like you don’t have time to sit down and read a book, I’d recommend audiobooks or podcasts. In the office, we are big fans of podcasts, as there is literally a podcast about everything. So, if you don’t know what you’re in the mood for go onto your podcast app and I guarantee you’ll find something you will want to listen to.
 
Our office recommendations are:
 
Books
  • The School of Life – Alain De Botton (top pick!)
  • Endure – Alex Hutchinson
  • The Science of Fate – Hannah Critchlow
Podcasts
  • Happy Place – Fern Cotton
  • Feel Better, Live More – Dr Rangan Chatterjee
  • The Rich Roll Podcast
  1. Exercise.
Joe Wick’s has been most parent’s saviour during the lockdown. His morning classes on his YouTube channel are suitable for all the family of any fitness level. It’s a great way to get yourself set up for the day. However, if you want to try relax, how about trying yoga? There are plenty of videos on YouTube to try as well as many different fitness apps. In the time of lockdown, YouTube is your friend.
 
Even if you do one of these a week for the remainder of lockdown, that’s okay. It’s hard to stay motivated but I hope my list will give you ways to pass the time so that you feel like you’ve been productive.
 

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