So what do you do in your free time or in corona lockdown time at home? You might have completed Netflix list, played a lot of video games, tired of talking about the news with your friends and family or have seen enough memes on internet while sitting on your sofa. It’s time to change up your routine and get yourself into something productive at home or in your free time. This free time presents us with opportunities to try and do things that we’ve continually wished to try. So for you, we’ve compiled a very useful list of fun and free things to do using your internet connection or items you already have lying around to to keep yourself active and productive.
1. Make a Habit of Reading
First on the things to do list, it is very much where you should be starting. Reading is a lifelong skill, it exercise the brain, build our vocabularies, lowers stress and also enhances the imagination. Whether it’s fiction or nonfiction, books help give you a greater understanding of the world around you. Don’t forget, if you prefer audio, audiobooks might be the way forward for you.
2. Exercise Regularly
Missing the gym? Why not attempt different kinds of efforts over the course of few weeks and check that if that workout works for you. Working out at home can be just as beneficial for both your mind and body. Plus, amongst countless other benefits, working out boosts confidence levels, creativity, concentration level, memory and mental sharpness. There are many good videos on youtube which you can watch and follow, however my wife and I prefer to take live classes by cure.fit. Their live classes will let you experience the energy of a group fitness class, led by star trainers from the comfort of your home.
3. Make Money Online
This could be the most interesting things to do in free time. There are many ways to earn good money from home. Here are the top 5 tips for you:
- If you are a good programmer, designer or marketer, you can freelance your skills on Freelancer or Upwork.
- You can earn money online by doing stock trading if you know how to pick the right stock. If you are interested in trading I’ll recommend to use Zerodha, it is India’s largest retail stockbroker. Open an account now.
- You can become a consultant and can sell your advice and knowledge to many people.
- Earn online money from YouTube if you can record & upload good videos of something you are skilled at.
- Start Blogging to earn money online by writing to someone and make money immediately or write for yourself and make money slowly, but consistently using ad network or by affiliate marketing.
4. Learn a New Skill
There is no ideal age of studying and learning new things. In fact, that’s how you keep evolving yourself. It could be a how to play an instrument, painting, cooking, learn sign or any foreign language, learn calligraphy, attending workshop, taking certification in your respective fields or studying a whole new subject, the idea is to learn something.
5. Take Online Courses
Taking online courses and successfully passing tests and assignments will help build up your knowledge-base as well as your CV. The Open University, offers a wide range of foundation-level courses for anyone to enrol for free and start learning. You can also check edX, it is the trusted platform for education and learning. Supported by Harvard and MIT, edX is home to quite twenty million learners, the majority of top-ranked universities within the world and industry-leading corporations.
6. Start a Blog
This could be a great time to build your audience. If your hobbies are trending, why not discover a blog and share your knowledge? Keeping track of your thoughts, activities and learnings is always a good idea. Set up a personal blog where you can write your daily experiences and turns them into weekly or monthly posts for others to read and learn from your experiennces. And the good thing about this is you can also make money out it. Start first by setting up a WordPress account and blog for free, and take it from there.
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7. Cook Something New
Had enough prepackaged mixes and store-bought cans? There’s something about cooking and baking from scratch that feels almost spiritual. It is a fun way to spend time and also add some variety to your diet! It makes you feel proud when you represent it with all the little drizzles and sprinkles that turn your dish into art. You can find great recipes online or in Youtube to start over.
8. Try Painting or Drawing
Painting is a very interesting things to do to amuse yourself. Try your hand at painting a picture, it is a great way to keep busy, develop your artistic skills and create something that you can be proud of. My sister recently started a Rachana Artwork Youtube channel specially for painting and artwork. You can try something out of these amazing painting videos.
9. Complete a Daily Puzzle
Another great things to do is to get the mind working. Like reading books, solving puzzles offer a range of benefits like improved memory, better problem-solving skills and increased IQ are some of them. You can visit the App Store/Play Store on your mobile and access a range of games that stimulate the mind. If you are in to coding or software development you can sign up on HackerRank or LeetCode daily challenges. It will help you to keep your coding skill up-to-date.
10. Do Some Gardening
We have talked so much about indoor things to do what about outdoor? Try to learn gardening, it has also been shown to have significant health benefits. You don’t need lots of space to enjoy Gardening, container gardening works well even in the smallest of spaces. You’ll only have to buy your starter plants once. You can also grow food organically, reduce exposure to pesticides and eat higher nutrient content. Believe me it will help reduces stress and improves mental health.
11. Learn Photography
Photography has become thus common, specially due to the inclusion of cameras on mobile phones, thus it’s harder for your photos to be noticed. But, if you learn a little more about photography your photos will be more likely to stand out from the crowd. Everybody should learn a little bit of photography as a result you will fell the benefit of it while clicking the awesome photos. Not solely is it a fun hobby, however it will even help you to grow. There is no need to pay a lot of cash on pricy cameras as now a days several smartphones can take some very nice footage. Once you have a sense of photography you can upgrade your camera later.
12. Watch a Documentary
Whilst watching a TV series on Netflix or Prime Video passes time, but in an unproductive manner you might start feeling that it not really helping you in any ways, other than waste of the free time you have. I’d suggest alongside your normal TV watching habits, invest some time in watching documentaries and learn about your favourite subjects. There are documentaries of specific events in history or related to specific person. As long as you’ve got a thought of what topics would be attention-grabbing to you, you should be able to find several documentaries that will interest you. There are some good websites like Top Documentary Films, Documentary Heaven and many more where you can watch for free.
13. Take Virtual Tour
If you are able to travel but still want to visit some places of your interest, you can visit galleries or museums by taking a virtual tour. Google’s arts and culture collection has virtual tours of 500 top attractions around the world, including national galleries from around the world, individual artist museums, and even the Eiffel Tower. Expedia has recently launched a whole new section of virtual travel experience without leaving home where you can find the best virtual museum tours, live performances, and cultural experiences from around the world.
14. Keep in Touch With Friends and Family
You might already be making some time to catch-up with your friends and family. But sometimes we forget in our daily busy schedule, so in free time I’d suggest to speak to friends, family, relatives or past colleagues that you might not have spoken to in a while. This is help you boost your mental health and you’d be more social.
15. Take a Good Sleep
You might be wondering how sleeping can be productive but it is a very important. Binge-watching on Netflix, spending so much time on social media and late nights could potentially hurt your health so be sure to sleep enough. Taking enough sleep is important to maintain best health and well-being. When it comes to your health, sleep is as vital as regular exercise and eating a balanced diet.
There’s still a lot more…
We have covered a lot of productive things to do in your free time but there’s still a lot more. You can create your personal development plan, write a song, a play or short film, whistling or singing, play a board game like chess, pick any DIY project, plan your next holiday or may be learn how to make cocktails.