Self isolating at home and feeling bored? Don’t let it stop you in your tracks! It’s time to get productive and use your time wisely…

Coronavirus has gripped the globe, affecting each and every person in the world in some way or another. Freedom of movement is limited and we are advised to remain self isolating. But we should not use this as an excuse to become complacent, do nothing or fill our time with unproductive activities.

Making the best out of a bad situation is all we can do. So we have devised a list of things to keep yourselves moving forward, even if you are stuck in one place.

Clean the house

If you are going to be spending a considerable amount of time at home, cleaning the house is a good place to start. Being surrounded by a mess for days on end is horrible and will not encourage productivity. When you have your surroundings in order, the rest will follow.

Get some music on, grab a mop – have a dance. Cleaning doesn’t have to be boring.


Maybe something you do already, but many people don’t. Getting lost in a book is not only a great escape from the real world but also has many health benefits. Reading stimulates the brain, increases vocabulary, and can improve memory. With a kindle, you have access to thousands of books without having to go out to a book shop.

Trying a non-fiction book can also be a great help when stuck at home. Learn about a topic you have always found interesting or check out a self-improvement book to help you grow as a person.

Read on a kindle
Read a book or multiple on a kindle

Get creative

Tapping into your inner creativity is a great way to pass the time at home. Pick up an old hobby you “don’t have time for” any more. Or try a new medium, such as videography or photography. Download a trial for Adobe creative suite and become a photoshop wizard!

Learn something new

Learning something new is often daunting, but is one of the best things we can do with our free time. Learning new things and improving our skill sets can help both on a personal and professional level.

There is so much content out there online. Using sites such as udemy, skillshare and even youtube, you can find thousands of topics and teach yourself at home.

You could even consider learning a new language. If you are planning to travel whenever this lockdown is over, polish up on your language skills in preparation. The Duolingo app is a great free tool that teaches 23 different languages!


With access to gyms no longer available, falling into a bad habit of not exercising is easy to do. Just because you are stuck at home, there is no excuse to become a couch potato. Get up and moving! You could create a home gym space in your living room or even find new fitness fanatic youtube tutorials. There are plenty of products available to help you train at home. As well as bodyweight training programs and apps to keep you fighting fit.

Exercise at home

Get gardening

If you have access to an outdoor area, garden or balcony, get making the most of it. With spring well and truly upon us, the grass is growing and lawns need a mowing! Get out in the fresh air and tend to the garden. Get your outdoor space ready to go for summertime when hopefully we can start inviting friends over once again.

Talk to people

Self isolating physically doesn’t have to mean social isolation. Now is a good time to speak to people. Old friends, family members that might be on their own. Pick up the phone, call someone, facetime them or just send a message to let them know you are thinking about them.


Every household has a list of DIY jobs that inevitably get pushed to one side. There is no better time than now to get those bits done. Grab the toolbox or order in any tools you need and get to work.

There is no better feeling than improving your own home. Getting your hands dirty and having something to show for it. There are loads of great home DIY ideas on Pinterest to get your creative juices flowing.

do some DIY at home during self isolation
Do some DIY at home while self isolating

Get cooking

Cooking is one of our personal favourite things to do while self isolating. With restaurants unfortunately shut for the foreseeable future, getting in the kitchen is a great way to keep yourself entertained whilst being productive. Create new and delicious meals for your household. With supermarkets somewhat barren, trying to cook meals with little ingredients is a good way to challenge yourselves and keep away from ransacking the shelves! We plan to create and share some easy recipes to help inspire you to get in the kitchen. Check out our section on recipes and even enjoy us cooking and being silly on our YouTube channel “Two Souls One Spoon“.

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