Are you stuck at home with time on your hands, not knowing what to do whilst you wait for this COVID-19 pandemic to be over? Many of us are having to rethink how we live our lives in a big way and, while it may seem like the end of the world, we can turn this enforced captivity into a positive by using the time to do some of those things we never had time for before. Here's a few ideas -
Have an online Coffee Morning
You can still socialise with your friends using one of the free video conferencing services available. It may feel a little weird at first but just being able to see some familiar faces and sharing your captivity stories will reassure you that you are not on your own! One of the simplest (and totally free) systems to use is 8x8.vc where you can get going without even creating an account.
If you run a Business and you need your customers to be able to call your staff at home, 8x8 can also provide you with a Virtual Call Centre enabling your Business to keep running during the Coronavirus outbreak.
Trace your Family Tree
Researching your Family Tree is a task that many people would like to do but have always put it off due to its time-consuming nature. Since time is something you now have in abundance, why not take the opportunity and make a start on your Family Tree now. FamilyTreeAssistant.com provides a great starting point to access many of the sources of Genealogical information on the Internet.
Become an Artist
OK, not everyone is going to be the next Picasso straight away - but you can use this spare time to develop those artistic skills - whether it is painting or simply a bit of "colouring in". You can download some free colouring pages here.
Read a Book
Reading a book, whether it's a bit of fiction to distract from the blanket pandemic coverage on television, or whether you're taking the opportunity to learn a new skill ready for when you return to work, is another positive use of that spare time you now have. The libraries may be shut but you can keep reading via online book sellers.
Do an Online Course
Now is a great time to evaluate where you are going in your career. Are you happy in your job? Have you always wanted to do something else? Or, if you are happy in your job, maybe you need to take a course to make you more competent in the role you are in. Perhaps you can suggest to your current employer that they use this chance to put you on that course they have been promising you for many months?
Play Board Games Online
And by "Play Board Games Online" I don't mean "Play Online Board Games"! Actually get a real physical board game such as Trivial Pursuit and set it up in front of a webcam so that you and your household can play against friends and family using a video conferencing system such as 8x8.
Learn a Language
Parlez vous Francais? Sprechen Sie Deutsch? Habla Español? No? Take some time to learn a new language or brush up on your rusty skills by taking a language course ready to put into practice when we finally get the opportunity to travel abroad (hopefully in the not too distant future!).
No. Don't do it! Do all those other more profitable things first! At the end of the day, if you really feel the need to turn on the television, try to limit the amount of Coronavirus news you watch and try something that will take your mind off the "C" word!