We have been stuck inside for awhile now. Going to the store to pick up and order or a restaurant for a special take out treat is the most fun we have during the week. Most of us are used to being so busy that we cannot keep up with our lists of what to do each day. So think of social distancing as a time to catch up on our mundane or “too busy for” tasks that often get put off til forever. At least if we do this, when the ban is lifted and the virus subsides, we can run free outside and into the world knowing that we put our time to good use.
1. Plan Meals for Week
Take a look in your refrigerator and pantry and think of some fun recipes you can finally take time to prepare. Look through some old cookbooks and make each night’s dinner something fun and different. Get the whole family involved. It could be a bonding time that we often miss out on during our normal busy lives. Ask family members for ideas and a wish list of what they want to eat. Then you can make a list of what you will make each night of the week without going to the store. And, of course, supporting a neighborhood restaurant could also be one night’s meal choice.
2. Books to Read
Most of us have a shelf or corner of a room dedicated to a pile of books that we haven’t read yet (but had to buy at that yard sale). Some of us even have many books to read on our Kindles or IPads that we keep downloading in hopes of reading. One way I feel accomplished is by writing a list and then actually checking off what I have done. So write down every single book in your corner, and book on your Kindle, and as you read them you can check it off. You may want to even add a box to donate (an actual book) or delete (an ebook). I know that we have been home for 17 days and I have read 3 books and 1 ebook. I was going strong for awhile but working at home is taking up a bit of time.
3. Self-Care List
When we are working or doing things for our family, we often forget ourselves. So now is the time to give yourself your own list. On your list you should write down what you will do daily to take care of yourself. You can also add a list of products you need to purchase in order to maintain self-care (Here’s where Amazon may come in handy). This list can also include your daily schedule with time indicated for your self-care activities such as spa, online gym classes, meditation and so on. It is so important to take care of you, or you won’t be able to take care of them.
4. Organizational Needs
This is a good time to evaluate your home office and see what you may need to make things work more efficiently. Especially in these times of not knowing how long we will be social distancing. You can make two lists: One which lists what you should buy now (amazon.com) and a list for future, i.e., new computer or new organization system. Take a good inventory and take your time making the list. It doesn’t have to be checked off right away.
5. Social Lists
It is important to feel connected to the other people in your life that are not currently stuck in the house with you. Make a list of people to call, text, write to and even send a Birthday or Get Well card to. You can also make a list of upcoming gifts you need to buy with some room to jot down ideas. Don’t forget to check items off as you get done!
6. To Do Lists
I find it helpful to have a to do list for every day. Usually when I am done for the day and watching tv or reading I write down what I need to get done tomorrow. This is helpful to me because I always feel the need to feel as if my day was an accomplishment of some sorts and have goals for the next day.
I hope that you have found some of these ideas helpful and maybe you are starting some of them right now. Good luck in your social distancing goals and also don’t forget this is time to reconnect with your family and also to catch up on sleep.
Stay well. Let me know how you are doing during social distancing. We all need each other.
16 thoughts on “Feeling Accomplished During Social Distancing”
These are all great tips. I haven’t cooked so much since I was first married! I love it! Today I’m going to try my hand at making homemade yeast-raised bread! Thank for sharing.
This is a perfect time to do all those things we always put off. We should enjoy as much as we can during social distancing. Stay safe.
I love these! I definitely have done a bunch of these to try and stay sane.
I like writing lists and crossing things off. Makes me feel more accomplished. Stay safe.
I’m also a to-do list person. I find that working my way through a list, crossing things off as I finish them, gives me a rush of accomplishment. That’s only become more important with everything going on right now.
It makes the time go faster and at least when this is behind us we can at least be happy with the things we did get done ✅
This is exactly what I’m doing right now. Have to keep sane through this weird new world, don’t we? Thank you for posting!
Glad it was helpful. Keeping busy is the only way to get through this with our sanity in tact.
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Meal planning and cooking in general has been a real bummer since quarantine. I need to work on that!
I think we are all just bored of what’s in our house and tired of cooking. Stay well!
Love these ideas. Creating lists has really helped me stay focused (and motivated).
My husband makes fun of my lists but it helps me get through the week and feel accomplished. Stay safe.
I really need to get back to making a to-do list. This lack of routine is just destroying my productivity, but I really am trying to do many of the things that you suggested.
It is hard to stay motivated during this time that is unexplainable or normal to any of us . I have a feeling we will have at least another month to do all those things. Stay safe!
True. But now my husband is looking at houses! Online of course.
Sometimes instead of redoing you can just start over. Good luck!!!