3 Ideas on How to Keep Busy At Home

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Even before lock down measures stretched across the world, the house was getting a little boring. There are only so many times you can bake a tray of cookies just so you have an excuse to wash the dishes, after all. But it’s important to keep busy, whether there’s a global pandemic going on or not. It keeps you interested in your home. It means you don’t dread waking up every morning fearing there’s nothing to do, it means that you can get something done. 

 

But where do you start? You’re all out of puzzles. You’re tired of rearranging your bookshelf. The thought of dusting or vacuuming once more makes you feel ever-so-slightly nauseous. These are the first few things that come to mind, but they are not the last, so here are three ideas on how to keep busy at home. 

 

Get Into Shape (Finally)

 

Okay, so you can’t go to the gym, and you may even be unsure if you want to go out, but you can still stay healthy while working from home, and you might finally fulfill your yearly resolution to get into shape long before you consider it a lost cause. 

 

Whether you’re eating less fast food because everywhere is closed or having the time and the energy to go for a run around the backyard, you can make the most of having what feels like all the time in the world. Furthermore, a quick workout is a great way to break up the day so that you won’t feel like the minutes tick by too slowly for your liking. 

 

Clear Out This Mess (Finally)

 

Clutter is something that seems to grow exponentially, and it doesn’t matter how much you try to forget about it or cram it away in the attic, it persists. 

 

Knowing you have an abundance of clutter will wreak havoc on your mind. You know that unless you do something, it will only get worse. Sorting and getting rid of your clutter can be a cathartic experience. You can take a trip down memory lane but also clear some space in your house and your mind. 

 

Learn Something New (Finally)

 

The devil makes work for idle hands, so give them something to do. There are thousands of things you can explore while stuck inside. You can learn an instrument, learn to paint, try knitting, or crocheting. Just do anything to keep you busy. 

 

Learning something new isn’t just a way to keep you busy, though. It’s also fantastic for opening your world to different things. This will allow you to find new hobbies that can stay with you even after the pandemic finishes. You can get the whole family involved so you can try this journey together and support one another along the way. 

 

Staying Busy (Finally)

 

Whether you live alone or with your family, keeping busy is essential to staying firmly in love with your home. If you’re unsure of how to spend your time while you wait around to get back outside, then consider trying out one of these, two of these, or even all three.

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Achieve Your Fitness Goals the SMART Way

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January is one of the hardest months of the year. We’re feeling the pinch from Christmas, the weather’s terrible, and we’re trying to start the year on a positive note after weeks of overindulging during the festive period. If you’re finding it difficult to stay motivated for your fitness goals in 2020, you’re not alone. Many of us are guilty of setting unrealistic targets and then giving up when we (understandably) struggle to achieve them. If this sounds all-too familiar, then read on for how to meet your fitness targets in 2020 the SMART way.

 

While the SMART acronym is more commonly applied to achieving in business, it can also be an excellent strategy to use in your personal life and goals. Here’s how:

 

S – Specific (simple, sensible, significant): This means not giving yourself a vague target. Let’s take the example of improving flexibility. If you give yourself the resolution of ‘I want to be more flexible,’ there is no way of measuring how or when you have achieved this, or in fact what you are even trying to achieve in the first place. Instead, set a specific goal, for example, ‘I want to touch my toes in forward fold.’

 

M – Measurable (meaningful, motivating): This relates to the specificity of your target again. Being able to touch your toes is a goal you can measure – you’ll know when you have achieved it.

 

A – Achievable (agreed, attainable): Giving yourself a realistic and attainable way of achieving your goal. One of the most common fitness pitfalls is to assume that you’ll see an improvement overnight and become discouraged when you don’t, or to give yourself an enormous mountain to climb. If your overall goal is improving your flexibility, don’t expect to go from nothing to yoga every single morning at dawn. Instead, use the simple goal of wanting to touch your toes, and break down how you intend to go about that. What about including three spine rolls into your usual exercise routine? Or before bed? Start with an achievable breakdown of how you are going to reach your goal.

 

R – Relevant (reasonable, realistic and resourced, results-based): We’ve already talked about having a measurable result (i.e. touching your toes) but have you made sure you have everything you need in order to do this? This particular goal is nicely resource-free, and it’s a great first step to achieving what you want if that’s the case. But if your goal is to improve your swimming, is there a local pool? How are you going to manage this alongside your everyday responsibilities? Consider the club fitness facilities to ensure you have everything you need.

 

T – Time bound (time-based, time limited, time/cost limited, timely, time-sensitive): When are you going to achieve your goal by? Relating this back to making your target achievable and not expecting immediate results, when is a realistic time for you to have managed to reach your goal?

 

Remember, often the only thing standing in your way is you. Break down your targets and be SMART about them to see real results. 

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