So… it looks like we’re all stuck in our houses for the time being. Here are my tips on how you can still be productive, even when you’re in your pyjamas, you don’t know what day it is, and you haven’t stepped outside for days…
Make improvements to your blog
There are so many things to learn about blogging, from SEO to email lists to how to best market yourself on social media, and so this is a great time to think about how you can make improvements to your blog. I started doing Ell Duclos’s Pinterest course last week – which I got for just over £10 due to a sale! What an absolute bargain. I’ve been working through it a little bit at a time and I’ve already seen an increase in my views – I’d neglected my Pinterest strategy for a while now so this has really motivated me to get back on track. I’ve also been busy creating new pins in Canva and my designs have really come on since the first few I did when I was first starting out, so that’s been great too.
Take time out for you
In the usual whirlwind of day to day life you don’t really get that much time to just chill out, do you? I actually commented to my boyfriend the other day that in some ways I like not having to deal with the anxiety-inducing FOMO that there’s something better going on and everyone else in the world is having a massive party that I’m not invited to. Right now they’re not. Everyone is doing EXACTLY the same as you. That gives you free reign to do anything you want completely guilt-free – read that book you got for Christmas, binge on that boxset you never have a chance to watch, develop a new skin care regime, or just flop on your sofa and chat to your friends on Houseparty. Sounds good to me!
Try a new hairstyle
I know, this might not be a choice, but still… if you’ve always wanted to do something then now’s the time. I’m growing out my fringe. My bangs are a bit of a comfort blanket as I’ve had them since I was about 21, and I love them, but I guess I just want to see what my face looks like without them. Will I look weird? Do I still have a forehead under there? Does this mean my spiritual connection to Hayley Williams is over? Every time I say I’m going to grow them out I give up and go to the hairdresser, but now I can’t do that. So watch this space… but I might end up cutting them myself!
Work on some home decor
If you’re anything like me there will be many jobs in your house that need to be done. The print you bought six months ago but never got around to putting in a frame? The wall you never painted? The vase on your mantelpiece that’s crying out for a faux flower or decorative branch to be placed in it? Do it now. My thinking is that if we’re going to be stuck inside for the next few weeks you might as well have a nice space to live and work in. By the time this thing comes to an end your house can emerge from it like a beautiful butterfly that’s perfectly placed to go on the market, if you so desire.
Plan your next holiday
None of us are going anywhere for a while, which sucks, but at least it means you’ve got lots of time to plan your next trip to make sure it’s TOTALLY worth the wait. I really wanted to do an Italian multi-city break this summer, and I’m hoping I can still do that if I push it back into September or even early October. I also might treat myself to something a bit more long haul towards the end of the year, and make sure I get a couple of nice little Airbnb trips with the dog planned too. Oh I can’t wait!
Start or re-start a hobby
There’s always something in your week that you never get a chance to do. It might be baking, exercising, or putting the time in with a musical instrument. Well, here’s your time. Here’s more time than you’ll probably ever get again packaged up in one fell swoop! For me it’s writing. I love to blog but I’ve always loved to write fiction as well – but with work, freelancing and blogging I don’t get as much of a chance to do it at the moment. I’m going to use some time this weekend to get stuck back in…