Lockdown? Best time to get those creative juices flowing

For some countries, the lockdown has gone for weeks and others have extended it.  There is not much we can do but comply with rules and regulations put by government as it is for our own safety. The message is clear: stay home and social distance from each other!

You may feel like you are losing your mind and have run out of things to do to keep yourself busy. You have done all the baking you can think of, exercising at home, playing music and video games, caught up on all your favourite series. You have done pretty much everything.

Every day seems to be the same as you keep repeating the same thing, day in and out. The idea of spending a day on the sofa looking at memes is too much to bear and you are tired of talking about the news with your flatmate.

 You want to try out something different but have no idea what? Don’t fret, there are plenty of creative and productive things you can take up to get through the weeks of lockdown. Make the most of your free time.

  1. Read personal development books.

There are a lot of amazing choices out there! Check out SelfCreation and be ready to revitalize your perception of personal development.

This is the best time to work on yourself, figure out what you are good at and work on even getting better. The Creative Mind helps you learn about your personality and identify your strongest traits.

  • Learn a foreign language at the comfort of your home.

Remember the times you said you wanted to learn a new language but kept putting it off because you never had time? Well, now you plenty of it.  Start now!

Get free apps, resources and useful tips on How to learn a new language

  • Learn to code

This may sound challenging but it is really the best skill you can have. Did you know that many successful coders are self- taught?  you can also teach yourself.  The ability to code can put you at a major advantage in this increasingly digital age.

Apps like Udacity or CodeHub for beginners…. Can help you get started.

  • Update your CV and professional accounts

Before lockdown, the idea of updating your cv, cover letter or LinkedIn profile may not have been on your priority list. Since you have all the time now, why not give your professional accounts an update and try your luck at applying for your dream job.

  • Tour cities and visit museums online

You may feel cut off from the rest of the world, but you can time travel. The advancement of technology nowadays allows you to explore cities and tour museums online. Virtual tour of ancient Rome takes you through the city.

Visit Cultural Institute and experience virtual tours to museums around the world.

  • Connect with people around the world.

Feeling lonely? Try recreating your social interactions through video calls with your friends and family. Have Zoom interactions or Google Hangouts

Connect with people around the world and see how the lockdown is playing out in other countries.  Who knows, you might even get new ideas on how to keep busy.

Do not let quarantine get you down. Make a list of things to do, set your goals. See this lockdown as an opportunity to learn something new and change your life. Let’s go for it!

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About Busisiwe Mboyisa

A qualified journalism alumna from the University of Johannesburg who’s passionate about writing and story-telling. She believes in social change, shifting the narrative around social behaviours and relations such as stereotyping, racism, and to live in a society where we can all be free to exercise our human rights. Busisiwe lives by this famous quote by the great Nelson Mandela “It always seems impossible until it’s done”.

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