Are you someone working from home? Since the pandemic hit in 2019, most of us started working from home.
But as someone who is working from home full-time, I can understand it’s challenging. Especially being productive and completing our tasks on time.
It’s easy to procrastinate and say, “I’ll do that later,” and start watching Netflix.
It feels great to have some ME time and watch something you enjoy, but there are some productive things you can do rather than watching TV.
I have been working from home for two years now. I have to agree that it can sometimes get boring.
So, I am here to share the top tips that I follow to stay productive and creative at the same time.
Even if you are not someone working from home, these ideas are still great to be productive and creative so stay tuned!
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Here’s the list of 7 Productive Things to do at home
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1- Grow some plants
Who doesn’t love some greenery around them?
There are some houseplants you can grow that will also help purify the air around you. They require low maintenance cost, which I think is a bonus.
You can use cute pots or hang them from the walls or ceiling to make them look even prettier as shown below!
Here are some indoor plants you can grow-
- Peace Lily
- English Ivy
- Snake Plant
- Devil’s Ivy
- Or an easy one- Aloe vera.
2- Learn a new language
I have always wanted to learn many languages as I find it so cool and I love to travel to different countries and meet other people. That’s the reason I wanted to speak more than one language so I can talk to people from different countries.
And it gets so much easier with all the online resources available out there!
If you have the same goal as me, then check out these online learning tools-
3- Work on your side hustle
I think I don’t have to convince you on how important it is to have a second source of income, especially after the pandemic.
You can choose anything you are good at and teach others. You can do this while sitting on your couch. All you need is a stable internet connection.
I believe we all have that skill that we can teach to others.
Here are some ideas to generate side income-
- Create digital products (such as printables and journals, if designing is something you love)
- Offer one-on-one service.
- Become a freelancer (I worked as a freelancer before I started a blog but then realized it’s not my cup of tea).
- Start a youtube channel.
- Teach English.
- Manage social media handles for businesses etc.
If you think you don’t have anything to offer yet, then upgrade your skill depending on what you are interested in and then start offering.
Some popular skills you can learn and that will also help you make money are-
- Graphic Design
- Digital Marketing
- Language (e.g., English)
- Pinterest Manager
- Instagram Manager.
- Email writing
- Photography (you can sell high-quality stock images)
- Proofreading, etc.
4- Start a Blog
Starting a blog means starting your own business, and just like any other business, it takes time and consistency. Becoming a successful full-time blogger is possible.
Blogging is a great way to have location freedom in the long run.
If there’s something you want to share with the world, you can start your own blog.
Starting a blog requires some upfront investment, such as a domain name and good hosting, which is not much. And in my opinion, totally worth it.
If you want to start a blog, my advice would be to avoid hosting companies that can slow down your site, such as Bluehost. I know they’re cheap in the starting but still not worth it.
I recommend Lyrical host as I use them myself. They have outstanding customer support (it’s important to note if you don’t have a tech background).
If you are just starting out or maybe looking for a switch, save 10% with the promo code “discountcode10.”
UPDATE 2023: I no longer use Lyrical host and transferred my site to Skystra and I couldn’t be happier. They offer outstanding customer service, free migration, affordable price and you are not locked as you have 7 days free trial option. Click here to get free trial.
For domain, Namecheap or Namesilo is a good and affordable place to go.
5- Plan your budget
Planning your budget is crucial. It helps you track where you are spending your money. If you budget wisely and cut down on unnecessary expenses, you can save more.
I know it’s not a fun task but an important one to do. I personally use budget planners to track both my business and personal monthly expenses.
While planning your budget, be honest with yourself, and don’t set unrealistic expectations especially if you are planning to pay for your debt.
- Related- How to make a budget in 6 steps.
6- Write your next month’s to-do list
Just like writing daily and weekly to-do lists, it’s always a good idea to plan in advance and write next month’s goal. You can do that at the end of every month (probably in the last week of the month).
I write down my yearly goals and divide them into monthly, weekly, and small daily tasks. It helps me know what to focus on today without burning myself out.
7- Create/update a vision board for your dreams
When was the last time you updated your vision board? This is definitely the right time to do it. Maybe there’s a goal you wanted to achieve two years ago, but you aren’t interested in it anymore, so consider removing it or replacing it with a new goal. Try to keep it up-to-date.
If you haven’t created a vision board yet, create one for your future goals and dreams so you’ll know what you can do today to make that dream come true!
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When the pandemic hit, we were forced to stay at home and I got a lot of free time at that time. It is when I decided to start a blog and it is one of the best decisions I made.