Your New To Do List For Quarantine

Julia Conant, Lifestyle Editor

Due to the current pandemic caused by COVID-19, it is important for anyone who can stay home to do so. But just because you are cooped inside doesn’t mean you can’t be productive.

Keep A Schedule

Is staying inside making all of the days seem as though they just blend together? How long does it take you to remember what day it is? We may be staying at home, but we still have deadlines and obligations for classes or in some cases, work. If you’re prone to lose track of time, write a schedule each week detailing what has to be done and when. This will keep you on track as you finish out the semester.

Clean Up Your Act

Or, rather, your room. If you’re like me, you have made the excuse that you don’t have time to be tidy with all of the classes you have to attend. But now, with some classes no longer having meeting times and commuting time eradicated completely, you have no excuse. You can take it slow and do one corner of a room per day if you like, as long as you are getting it done. It’s spring: do some spring cleaning.

Work On That Passion Project

I’m not talking about school work. I’m talking about that thing you keep telling yourself you’ll do, that you really want to accomplish but you just don’t seem to have time for, whether it be learning a new instrument, writing a novel or even sewing a quilt. Don’t sink all of your time into it, because you still have to worry about school, but work on it for at least five minutes per day. It will give you something to look forward to if you’re bored and developing cabin fever.

Play Dress Up

I know, it’s tempting to stay in your pajamas all day when you don’t have anywhere to be and no one will see you besides your family. But you may become tired of wearing the same bland outfits every day. Pull yourself out of that funk and try on your best outfits. Even have a fashion show or photoshoot with yourself in your backyard. There may be no reason to look good, but that doesn’t mean you can’t still do it.

Try Some New Recipes

If you can find the ingredients in the grocery store, now may be the time to try those time-consuming, fancy meal recipes people always seem to be sharing on Facebook or Instagram. With many restaurants restricting indoor seating or closing altogether, you’ll find yourself having to prepare home-cooked meals far more often than you used to. They may as well be delicious!

Central Activities Network has just announced that they will be hosting a cooking show weekly through Instagram Live, so you could also find recipes there. Follow @can_ccsu on Instagram for more information.

Be Nice

The point of social distancing is to stop the spread of the virus, so instead, consider spreading positivity! Everyone is adjusting to this new temporary lifestyle with you. Keep that in mind. If you have a professor that is having a hard time figuring out the technological side of classes, help them out. If you have an extroverted friend that does not like being alone, give them a call to keep them company. Being a jerk will not help anyone during this difficult time.