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5 Ways To Stay Busy At Home


I’ll admit it – I have spent my life playing four words on repeat: I. Don’t. Have. Time. Is this why the dishes aren’t put away? Absolutely. Is this why my room is a disaster? Of course. And why I spent hours learning a Tik Tok dance for about 7 people to see? Possibly.


2020, despite literally everything else, has given us one precious gift that is easily taken for granted – time. The ONE thing I ask for more of and use as my excuse way too often. Time!

If you’re anything like me, I thrive on the hustle. I strive to fill the time I have with learning, projects, and in the company of those I love. Quarantine has stripped us of routine, organization, and even motivation.


About two weeks into quarantine back in April, I took a step back to reflect on the gift the world has given us. I am a big advocate of reflection and redirection. In the somewhat depressed state of our reality today, take the time you have been given to do something for yourself. This is the BEST TIME, and maybe the only extra time, you may have in your busy life.


Again, this is the BEST TIME to better yourself. I promise you, I pinky promise, when you start living life for yourself rather than for your job, for the mirror, or for someone else, the rest will follow. When you start living life for yourself, time will come to you.

With that said, here are five ways I have instilled hustle back into my daily routine. Now that we all have a little extra time, use these 5 ways to stay busy at home and start working on you, girl!



1. FIND A PASSION PROJECT


First of all, I’m ecstatic you’ve made it this far – because you’re looking at mine. I am all about making a difference. Life has given you the opportunity to do so! What idea or dream has been lying on your heart? What have you always wanted to pursue? I’m excited for you!! Because now is the time! Take the extra hour you have at night, or your work-from-home lunch break, to do something for yourself. Maybe you’re an aspiring artist or someone who’s always wanted to start up a small business. Or maybe you want to read more to better yourself – like you’re doing right now! Dig into that passion project you “never had time” do work on before. This is me telling you – you have time, and you can do it!

Here are some examples:




2. FURTHER YOUR FUTURE


Hear me out – did you ever think you would be Zoom calling your doctor, or heck, your grandparents who can’t even figure out how to text? Times are crazy people and everyone is desperate to find a better way. Through the hardships of losing a job, an internship, a career, I want to say that there is light at the end of the tunnel. As I said before, and will say over and over again, take this time to live for yourself. Do you know a way to solve a small problem within a company or organization? Do you know ways to make an impact during the Black Lives Matter movement? DO IT! By default, your impact will help your future. By using your motivation, creativity, knowledge, and voice, you will further yourself.

Here are some examples:


3. WORK ON YOU


Unlike the other two, this is not that deep. In the wise words of Rachel Hollis, Girl, Wash Your Face. This is the ideal time to form the skin care routine you’ve been avoiding or – taking time to remove your makeup every night (trust me this one has been a struggle for me too.) This is the greatest thing quarantine has given me and I can proudly tell you that I have never felt more confident in my own skin.

Here are some examples:


4. GET ORGANIZED


That one drawer that’s been calling your name this whole time but you’re too afraid to open it – now’s your chance, honey. And did you know that mascara expires after two months? You’ve been given space to organize yourself and your belongings and there has never been a better time to tie dye literally anything. Due to the lack of a daily routine or an abnormal one if that, formulate one that works for you. I have physically written down what I want to accomplish each day and night. As silly as it is, I have been able to stay busy and on track because I am able to see with my own eyes, what I have yet to accomplish.

Here are some examples:


My little DIY project from a thrifted yellow sweater



5. FOCUS ON WHAT YOU HAVE NOW (it may not last)


The day I came home from college because of the Coronavirus, I was devastated. I kept telling myself that this is not where I am supposed to be right now. The next day, I walked downstairs to my dad with the biggest smile on his face and the best breakfast I’d had in months. For my parents, this was unexpected time they got to spend with their daughter. Take a step back and remember that this time we have been given, is time we will never get back. Whether you are alone and embracing solitude and peace in a world of quite the opposite, or spending extra time with family, friends, or loved ones, enjoy it. Soak in every minute you can and suck the positivity out of what can be seen as dark and depressing. I can tell you with confidence, you won’t regret it!

Here are some examples:

  • Send someone a package or letter

  • Reach out to someone you’ve been meaning to

  • Play games with your siblings

  • Talk (meaningfully) to your parents or other family members

  • Embrace your hobby

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