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15 Fun, Creative, and Productive Things to Do When You’re Stuck Inside

Looking to make the best use of your time at home? Here’s a list of things to do when you’re stuck inside that will help you entertain, educate, or improve yourself.

Everything going on in the world right now is scary. I’m trying to stay safe and distract myself from all of it.

I felt inspired to write this list of things to do that are both fun and productive so you and I can make the most of our time while we’re confined to our homes.

(I hope you’re reading this from the future, where everything is better—and you’re just reading this post to find something to do during the indoor winter months.)

Check out my ideas below:

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1. Find a creative hobby.

A creative outlet can be an amazing distraction from stressful situations. If you need to escape from watching the news or worrying about what’s going on in the world, I recommend you find a creative hobby.

When you’re not working, it’s important to spend your time in meaningful ways. Creative hobbies will help you do just that. Your new hobby doesn’t have to turn into a side hustle, but it can if you want it to!

For inspo, read my post on 35 creative hobbies to try.

2. Start a side hustle.

If you can’t work right now, you might be freaking out, and that’s totally understandable… bills still need to be paid, after all.

But don’t panic! Now is a good time to brainstorm ways you can make money on the side. Starting a side hustle is easier said than done, and it’s A TON of work, but it will give you more financial security.

If you have creative skills, you could become a freelance writer, designer, etc. But if you can’t think of anything else, you could even buy and resell stuff on Ebay or Craigslist. (Recently, I met a guy on a plane who runs his own Ebay store, and he said it’s a lucrative side hustle if done strategically!)

3. Start a blog.

I love my blog! (LOL)

But seriously, it’s so much fun. Blogging would be great for you if you have a lot to say but you don’t have a platform to share your ideas on.

If you just want to write personal articles and you don’t plan on monetizing your content, I recommend you create an account on Medium and start posting on there. Medium makes it super easy to create and publish articles without the hassle that comes with setting up a self-hosted WordPress site.

However, if you want to have full rights to the content you publish online, or if you eventually want to turn your blog into a business, you will need to go the self-hosted route. That means you will purchase a domain name, pay for a hosting service, and create your own website.

Here are some helpful tips from a blogging expert on how to create your own site.

4. Make a YouTube channel.

Video content is huge right now!

In my opinion, creating YouTube videos is 1,000 times harder than blogging, but I’m not very natural in front of a camera. If writing isn’t your forte but you’re extroverted and love talking, videos might be your thing!

You don’t need a fancy camera to film YouTube videos. You might want to invest in one later on, but you can honestly film high-quality content with a modern smartphone.

However, two things you absolutely will need are proper lighting and audio.

You could have the best camera in the world, but if your video is dimly lit and the audio sucks, no one will want to watch it. If you’re on a budget, I highly recommend you invest in lighting and audio equipment instead of an expensive camera.

Here are the tools I currently use for my videos:

UBeesize 10″ LED Ring Light with Tripod Stand & Phone Holder—This is a great desktop light that will make your videos look sharp!

Blue Yeti USB Mic for Recording & Streaming on PC and Mac—A little pricey, but this is a top-of-the-line microphone that’s great for videos, podcasting, etc.

Lightweight Tripod 55-Inch—An essential tool for photography/videography in general

UBeesize Mini Bendable Tripod—Because this is bendable, you can attach this tripod to weird things… like poles, tree branches, or anything you can wrap the legs around. That makes it an AMAZING tool for vlogging or taking Instagram photos by yourself. You’ll get the perfect angles with ease!

Canon PowerShot G7X Mark II—I use this camera often for vlogging or taking Instagram photos. It’s expensive, but super high quality. An amazing investment for any aspiring blogger or YouTuber!

It has a viewfinder that flips to the front, so you can see yourself while you’re shooting. And because it’s small, it fits conveniently in my purse. I take it everywhere, even to brunch or music festivals. That way, I always have a great camera with me to take professional photos and videos!

Canon EOS 5D Mark IV—This is the main camera I use to shoot video. Definitely a big investment, but this is the type of camera that professional YouTubers use. I don’t recommend you purchase this if you’re just starting out, but if your channel takes off and you want the best camera for your videos, just know that I think the Canon EOS 5D Mark IV is fantastic.

Canon EF 50mm f/1.8—An affordable lens for Canon cameras that creates a shallow depth of field, so the background is blurred out and the subject is in focus. I love this lens for YouTube videos and portrait photography! There are better lenses out there, of course, but the Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 is the most budget-friendly option if you want to create the shallow depth of field effect.

I know this list might seem overwhelming, but remember what I said earlier: make audio and lighting your top two priorities. The rest of the fancy equipment is not necessary, and it can come later.

5. Create a self-improvement plan for yourself.

Proper planning is the key to achieving any goal. If you want to make self-improvement a priority this year, you should get organized and create an actionable plan for your personal growth.

My blogging friend Allison Sue, creator of Compass My Life, has a great post on how to start a life-changing self-improvement plan. Check it out if you need inspiration!

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6. Set short-term and long-term goals.

Think about what you want to achieve…

  • Tomorrow
  • In the next week
  • In the next 30 days
  • By next year
  • Within the next 10 years

Every goal you create should be specific, measurable, attainable, relevant, and time-bound.

Basically, you want to come up with goals that are easily measurable, realistic for you to achieve, and relevant to your overarching aspirations in life. You’ll also want to set a tentative deadline for each goal. This is meant to motivate you, not scare you!

I’d start by thinking about your long-term goals, even if they seem impossible to achieve right now. It’s good to set big goals for yourself! If you work hard and implement an effective strategy, you will be shocked at what you can achieve.

Once you map out your long-term goals, think about the short-term goals you can set as “stepping stones” or “checkpoints” on the way to reaching your bigger goals. That way, you can make sure your short-term goals are pertinent to what you want to achieve.

Don’t let fear of failure stop you! Dream big, plan strategically, and go for it. If you do fail, don’t let it discourage you—just learn from your mistakes, get back up, and try again!

7. Revamp your closet.

I love going through my old clothes and finding items to sell or donate. I recently cleaned out my closet, and it was such a liberating feeling!

But I totally get it if you don’t feel like parting with anything. (I can be a hoarder sometimes!)

You could also just reorganize your closet, color-coordinate it, or somehow make your essential pieces more accessible to you. My closet is organized by color, and it honestly makes it so much easier to find what I’m looking for!

8. Watch some makeup tutorials.

I used to be really into makeup when I was younger, but I’m lazy AF these days.

Even so, I do still find it fun to test products, try new looks, or discover new makeup application techniques. YouTube is the best place to look for ideas!

I don’t watch beauty YouTubers as much as I used to, so I don’t have any “2020” recommendations for beauty channels to watch. However, if you’re looking for lifestyle channels, Lindsey Hughes and Kalel are two of my favorites.

9. Sell stuff you don’t use online.

Apps like Poshmark, Mercari, or Depop are great for this. And of course, there’s always good ol’ Craigslist!

My dad just sold one of his speakers on Mercari, actually. (I didn’t know he uses buy/sell/trade apps.)

My point is, there’s all kinds of stuff you can sell online! Facebook Marketplace is another poppin’ place to sell your unwanted items, especially if your local community is active on there. You might not even have to ship anything out if you find buyers who are willing to come pick up their purchases!

10. Learn a new skill.

I’ve mentioned Skillshare in many of my previous blog posts, but it’s still my favorite platform for learning new skills. If you’re ready to make a serious power move, cancel your Netflix subscription and get Skillshare instead.

Okayyyy….. maybe that’s a little dramatic, but it is important to be intentional with how you spend your time.

If you’ve ever wanted to learn how to draw, paint, design, or whatever, Skillshare has short and to-the-point video tutorials to help you. Check it out!

11. Take an online course.

Courses aren’t just for college!

When I started this blog, I invested in several online courses to learn the ropes. Of course, you can teach yourself almost anything using free information and trial-and-error, but taking a course will save you a lot of time and stress.

Organized learning environments work well for me, and I love the structure provided by courses. (Yes, I was a nerd in school.)

Even better, online courses are flexible, so you can work at your own pace and maximize your learning potential.

Taking an online course is just one of many brilliant ways to invest in yourself, especially if you’re stuck inside or unable to work.

12. Start a journal.

It could be a personal diary, bullet journal, gratitude journal, poetry book, or whatever you want it to be!

A journal will help you organize your thoughts, relieve stress, and inspire yourself. You can’t forget your great ideas if you have them written down!

If you need journal prompts, I have you covered:

13. Try a new at-home workout routine.

Being stuck indoors isn’t an excuse to skip out on your workouts! You just need to get a little creative.

Get a set of dumbbells, a booty band, an exercise ball, a yoga mat, or whatever will help you create your budget-friendly home workout station. If you can, try to dedicate one area of your home to exercise. (But if you can’t do that, your living room will suffice!)

I usually search on Instagram or Pinterest to find workouts that are a good match for my fitness goals. Booty King has great leg and glute workouts. Also, check out my friend Christiana’s fitness Instagram—she posts workouts, and they’re killer!

Can’t find the drive to exercise? Here are some of my favorite fitness motivation tips.

14. Find new recipes to try.

Pinterest is the first place I look for recipes. It has everything from healthy meals to decadent desserts. Whatever you’re in the mood for, Pinterest has it!

Cooking something new will quickly make a dull day more interesting (especially if something goes wrong, LOL!)

Here’s a fun culinary project: why not make a personal cookbook and fill it with recipes you find on Pinterest? I come from a family of picky eaters. If you have picky kids, I can relate!

If you take the time to research and create a little cookbook specifically for your family, you’ll have recipes that everyone will love at your fingertips. This could be a huge time saver later on!

15. Bond with your family.

Our world moves so quickly these days. I know I get caught up in the “lightning-fast lifestyle” of the 21st century.

Although time is fleeting, it’s important to prioritize the things that matter. My family is really important to me, so I make time to hang out with them whenever I’m home.

If you’re confined to your home right now, spend quality time with your family and friends (furry ones included!) Making memories with the people you love is always a meaningful way to spend your time.

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