20 Tips During Social Distancing
Social distancing can help keep you healthy, but it also might drive you a little crazy.
Most people think about what they can’t do in social distancing. This post will be talking about all the things you CAN do (and maybe even learn something) during social isolation.
What have you been meaning to do? What do you never have time for? What would set you up for success once social distancing is over. Now is your chance!
#1. Organize Your Photos…and Send Some to Loved Ones
There is nothing like going through old photos. It’s nostalgic, it’s sweet and it can be inspiring.
- Organize your old photos into albums
- Print some for your home
- Select a few to turn into postcards
- Print and send them to old friends and family members
We all need a positive note right now!
#2. Create Playlists
Another really fun project is creating playlists for different parts of your life!
- Pre-task music: This is music that gets you in the right mindset before the task at hand.
- During-task music: This is music you listen to while you are working to stay on track and enhance performance.
- Post-task music: This is music to help you wind down, recover, and cool down after an intense task.
Create a playlist for each!
#3. Spring Clean
What have you been meaning to clean out? It is spring after all! It cannot hurt to do some big cleanouts and create some space in your life.
Now’s the BEST time to become more productive while practicing social distancing at home!
Start simple! Try tackling one room at a time:
- Your closet
- Your garage
- Your pantry (organize all those dry goods and cook some of them before they expire!)
- Your bedside drawers (if you need a smaller project)
- The attic or basement
- Under the bed (helps with allergies too)
- Organizing your desktop
- Getting rid of old programs and apps you don’t use
- Backing up and deleting old photos you don’t need
- Resetting your computer (just make sure to make a backup!)
Bonus tip: Got some valuable stuff? Try selling it online on sites like eBay or Amazon! As they say, one man’s (or woman’s) trash…
#4. Do Some Science-Based Goal Setting
Want to know the quickest, easiest way to achieve your goals?
Something you can do RIGHT NOW?
Write down your goals!
Just writing down goals increases the chances of you achieving them by 42 percent!
Start by ranking each area from:
1 (extremely dissatisfied) to 5 (very satisfied).
This gives you a snapshot of your life—the fuller the circle, the better. Then pick a few things you could work on to get your numbers higher.
#5. Grab a Pen and Paper
If you’re socially isolated and not talking to people face-to-face so much… why not engage in dialogue with yourself through journaling?
- What I’m grateful for
- What I accomplished that day
- Any major (and minor) events that stood out to me
- What I want to accomplish the next day
Just because you can’t be with people, doesn’t mean you can’t connect with people.
#6. Spruce Up Your LinkedIn
Now is the time to check-in with your digital network. Reconnect your contacts to your LinkedIn profile and reach out to people you have been meaning to connect with, even amidst your social isolation!
#7. Video Call 3 Old Friends
Who do you need to spend more time talking to?
- Your old roommate?
- Your best friend from camp?
- Your favorite cousin?
Video call them! You can even group call your friends and hang out like you used to… just virtually!
Feel like getting a little creative? Why not schedule an online class to take together, like virtual paint night?
Or, you can even call them on the phone if you don’t feel like getting dressed!
#8. Help a Stranger
Did you know you can volunteer online? You can do it all in the comfort of your pajamas at home!
Here are some great places you can volunteer online:
- Volunteer with United Nations Volunteers to help with sustainable development!
- Help nonprofits with Catchafire by writing letters or editing photos.
- Know another language? Volunteer at Translators without Borders.
- Try out Project Implicit by helping Harvard researchers.
- Have a good voice? You can even record audiobooks for Librivox!