Being productive 100% of the time is impossible. So don’t beat yourself up too bad when you’re not feeling too motivated. However, too much unproductive activity isn’t helping you at all. In fact, if you neglect your responsibilities or ignore projects that need to get done, you’ll end up causing all sorts of problems down the line, and you’ll likely be more stressed than ever.
During this global pandemic, it’s even more difficult to remain productive but it’s even more imperative to do so. You can’t just waste away your time at home on the couch watching TV. You have to get up, get out, and get things done. It’s time to get productive!
Here are some excellent tips for staying productive (and mentally strong) during quarantine and in the days, weeks, and months that follow:
Work on your car
There is a chance that your car has been sitting in your driveway or in a parking spot for months. That’s not good. If you haven’t been working, going on long drives, seeing family and friends, and barely driving each week, you need to make sure your vehicle is ready to go when things return to normal. You can’t just go from not driving at all each day to your daily commute. Everything from metal corrosion (which costs the U.S. economy nearly $300 billion annually) to paint damage can cause all sorts of problems to your vehicle, which can cost you a significant amount of money if left unchecked.
Start by doing everything you can yourself. Give your car a thorough wash and clean and then inspect it carefully. If you notice anything wrong, you can either fix it yourself or take it to a professional. There are 12.5 million manufacturing workers in the U.S., many of which are very knowledgeable about auto repair. As far as auto body dents, experts say that between 80% and 90% of dents can be repaired using paintless dent repair (PDR).
Clean and remodel your home
Another great way to spend your quarantine downtime is to improve the look and feel of your home. Doing this will not only make you feel better and more productive, but it will also increase your home’s resale value! Start by cleaning up everything. Since you’re home all the time now, there is no excuse for your home to look like a mess. Declutter, dust, vacuum, wash, and clean EVERYTHING.
Next, it’s time to plan how you want to upgrade your home and what projects you’re ready for. Make sure you’re budgeting everything carefully and only start one project at a time. If you’re unsure of how to perform certain remodeling tasks, either ask a friend, do a little online research (YouTube), or hire a professional contractor!
Plan for your future
This can be as fun as it is productive. No matter your situation, you can always achieve more happiness — so start planning it out. If you’re single and hoping to start a family one day, think about how you can actually meet people once life returns to normal. If you’re dating, seriously think about what taking your relationship to the next level looks like. And if you’re happily married with children — great — start planning your next fun family vacation or searching for a bigger house. Just have fun with it!
If you need help staying productive, don’t hesitate to ask for help! The Institute of Coaching reports that over 70% of individuals who receive coaching benefit from improved work performance, healthier relationships, and more effective communication skills.
Being productive doesn’t have to be doing the most boring thing you can think of. Working on your car, fixing up your home, or planning for your future can be a lot of fun if you go into these projects with the right mindset. It’s time to get off the couch and get to work! Good luck!