Dear 100 Hour Board,
Fun things to do while in quarantine/social-distancing?
-there are only so many books one can read before the words get blurry
Dear Weary Reader,
A few ideas come to mind that I'm doing:
1. Start learning about the things that interest you. Take this time to explore the things that you have always wanted to learn, but haven't had the time to do with the rush of life. This can be simple things, like finding new creators to follow on social media or cleaning your house, or more intensive things like learning a new skill or doing research into a cause that you are passionate about. This TED talk gives good context to the things that we are able to do. Because we have constraints, we are forced to be more creative with the things that we do have.
2. During times like these, chores like doing the dishes or laundry can become harder. For these sort of "mindless" chores, I have found that listening to an audiobook is a great thing to do. That way, I can feel like I'm getting something productive done and actually be getting something else productive done. You can try doing something else to spice it up (like gamification), but this is something nice for me.
"But Inklings!" you say, "I don't have money for books or audiobooks."
In regards to your 'nym, are there really? I have very fond memories of my summers in high school where I would read an average of 10 books a week.
I suppose I'll still give you some more recommendations for filling your time, though (which will be mainly comprised of what I've found to do).
In all honesty, my daily life hasn't changed that much while quarantining/social distancing. I don't have an active social life, and spend most of my time alone in my apartment anyways. The only difference now is that I'll be working from home, not attending church on Sundays (I haven't gone to a single activity outside of the Sunday block in my current ward), and forgoing my weekly grocery shopping trip for a little while. So I guess that means I'll have less than a half hour back every day that would have gone into commute time.
With all of my free time, I have read a lot of books, watched a lot of anime, written on here, and practiced different skills. Cooking is a delicious skill to practice (I'm currently very happy about the lemon blueberry muffins I made earlier tonight), and it's been fun to branch out to some others. The following are a couple of the paintings that I've done:
(Watercolor on paper)
(Oil on canvas)
I really like mixing different colors for painting; you don't need to get a super fancy painting set to still get cool results. I did that painting of a tree with the cheap standard watercolor set that elementary school kids use.
Another major hobby I have is doing yoga. Particularly since the new year started, I've been focusing on improving in this area. It's fun to set goals for myself and measure improvement. I practice headstands every day (I never use a wall or anything for support), and now can hold one for around 7 minutes straight. A few weeks ago I decided to expand my repertoire of poses, and picked up eight angle and flying split.
Even if painting and yoga don't sound attractive to you, pick something you'd like to get better at, and start doing it. You definitely have the time.
Dear Bored of Books,
- Take naps
- Finding shows to binge watch
- Do a spa day- paint your nails, do a face mask, take a bath, etc.
- Do a fun craft for your apartment
- Go on hikes while practicing social isolation
- Bake deliciousness
Oh, how I WISH I could do those things while social isolation. I haven't done any of those things since the last decade! Please do those things for me while I do the same thing every day.
Things I hopefully plan to do while in social isolation:
- Make my own quarantinis
- Strengthen my testimony through more diligent scripture study
- Do more family history and teach it to my ward through GoToMeeting
If you know me, you know that I am not a huge fan of action movies. I honestly just get kinda bored with all the fighting scenes. (I apologize to anyone who is offended by this opinion. Basically all my friends are offended by it too.) Anyway, this means I have only seen a couple Marvel movies, usually at times when it was socially obligatory like at birthday parties or to appease my best friend who was obsessed with all things Marvel in high school.
BUT it has gotten to the point where I think I need to watch them if only for the cultural education. So that has become my quarantine task. As of yesterday, I have completed Iron Man, Iron Man 2, Thor, Captain America: The First Avenger, and The Avengers, aka Phase One of the Infinity Saga minus The Incredible Hulk because it isn't on Disney Plus. My main takeaway so far is that I have a thing for period pieces (although I already knew that) because Captain America was the one that best held my attention. It's been very amusing to see all my friends' reactions to this whole thing because they're all a little shocked that I would watch them on my own accord.
Anyway, I guess my answer to your question is binge-watch something you would never otherwise watch?