How to be Productive while Quarantined. Part I

2020 has taken an unexpected turn. Major events have been canceled or postponed, jobs have closed down or switched to telecommute, and schools have closed; it is suggested that we self-quarantine, which means staying indoors. Since the Coronavirus (COVID-19) has been spreading rapidly, staying home is one of the best ways to protect yourself and others.

However, how can one stay home for the suggested timeframe without being bored? Be sure to turn on your post notifications because, here at Black Gold Imaging, we have compiled a list of tasks to keep you productive and organized! You don't want to miss this four-day series!

  • Organize your wardrobe: Let's do an exercise. Walk over to your closet and take a long look. How many items can you honestly say you've worn? How many still have tags? Did you buy those jeans promising yourself that you would wear it once you dropped those last 10 lbs? Are the clothes stretched, ripped, or unrepairable? If you haven't worn it by now or in the past two years, chances are you won't. Once you've deciphered which articles of clothing you will be letting go of, locate an organization or someone you know in need and donate! These are trying times for many, and all gestures can help. Give your clothes a new home.

  • Reorganize your home: Working from home or homeschooling your children? Create a designated workspace, preferably with a table and chair, in your home. It may seem comfortable to sit on your couch or even your bed; however, you want to remain in a position where you can stay focused and alert.

  • Create a daily routine: Many of you, myself included, have been sleeping a little bit later. We've even been spending more time on social media and using our favorite streaming services. However, to remain productive, you have to create a schedule for yourself. Every night, put together a realistic task list for the next day. Limit yourself on the amount of time you spend on social media. Instead of binge-watching shows and movies, perhaps give yourself an hour of entertainment. Your day would be much more productive, and having a list will excite you to complete more.

  • Check-in with your friends and family: I know some would ask, "How can I if I'm unable to leave the house?" Well, that's easy. There are free services such as Facetime, Duo, Zoom, and Google Hangouts, that can virtually keep you connected to the ones you love. Virtual check-ins make you feel like you're right there with them.

We hope you enjoyed the first part of our series. Tomorrow's post will be full of more great productive tasks. Stay tuned!

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