Autumn is in full swing which unfortunately brings wet weather, rainy days do really suck. However, rainy days can be fun and productive from inside your home. I like to think a rainy day gives me addition time to do productive things at home.
Seeing the bad weather you want to bury yourself in your duvet and get super cozy. Much like the weather for me today unfortunately. I had to venture out to run some errands, but when I got home it was comfy clothes time and got productive despite the weather.
Obviously going further into Autumn rainy days will be more frequent. So, I am learning how I can be productive on those days. So, whether it is a weekday or a weekend, you can tackle those tasks you may have been putting off!
Here are 17 ways you can be productive on a rainy day:
1. Read a book
Sit down get cozy and read a book on a rainy day. When you read a book it gives you immediate gratification. However, reading can also reduce stress levels, increase feelings or empathy, makes you more open-minded and creative. You may think is this productive? But for your mental health it really is. Need some inspiration? Check out these creepy book recommendations.
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2. Do a social media cleanse
Increased social media use has been linked to anxiety and depression. You don’t need that any day, let alone a damp and dreary one. Rather than spending your time mindlessly scrolling on social media, use your time to declutter your feeds. Remove the people you don’t want to have on your feed. Deciding to unfollow accounts that cause you negative feelings is so beneficial for your mental health. This will stop the negative feelings and content entering your life, you want to see positive accounts, encouraging, inspiring and motivating you.
3. De-clutter your wardrobe
Do you have a full wardrobe or over-flowing draws? Well, a rainy day gives you the perfect opportunity to weed out any unwanted items or any pieces that need to be recycled. Then you can organise all your clothes, I like to organise my clothes by type of garment, it makes finding an outfit so much easier.
4. Complete a puzzle
If you don’t have anybody to play a board game with why not try a puzzle? Puzzles cannot only provide you with hours of entertainment, but studies have shown that they can also improve memory, IQ and problem-solving skills. As well as having mood-boosting abilities, which is good on a dark day.
5. Take on a DIY project
Have you got a shelf you have been meaning to put up? Or you have a room that needs painting? Use the rainy day to tackle those tasks you have been putting off or can’t seem to find time for. You will feel accomplished for checking these tasks of your to-do list.
6. Pamper yourself
What makes you feel pampered? Is it a face mask, a foot mask or even just staying in the bed or on the sofa? Maybe a bubble bath with your favourite playlist? You do whatever makes you feel good! A rainy day is the perfect time to treat yourself. It was rainy today, so I did a clay face mask and a foot mask. I felt so relaxed and pampered!
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7. Get you finances in order
Are you still paying for subscriptions you keep forgetting to cancel? Or are you wanting to check in with your finances to try and save money? Take some time to sort out your finances especially with the rising of energy bills in the UK, work out your incoming, outgoing and a savings strategy.
8. Clean and organise your fridge and freezer
Your fridge and freezer can sometimes be the last one on the list when it comes to cleaning. But, use a gloomy day to de-clutter your fridge, check the use-by dates on your sauces and other products. Then clean all the compartments in your fridge. You can do the same for your freezer.
9. De-clutter your phone
When it is dark and gloomy outside, it feels nice just to sit under your duvet or a blanket and stay warm. You can do that and still be productive by taking to de-cluttering your phone. Our phones can get cluttered with photos, social media DMs, unused apps, app notifications, contacts you no longer need and music that you no longer listen to. Check out how you can organise your phone.
10. Work on a side hustle
You can use a rainy afternoon to start or work on an existing side hustle. Start a blog or start a small business from your skills for example, a jewellery business or offer your copywriting services. Learn how you can earn money from your blog.
11. Try a new recipe
Whether you want to try a new recipe for dinner or you want to make a new cookie recipe, do it on a rainy day. The smell of yummy food filling your home and making you feel happy and smile. It is even better when it is miserable outside that your home is cozy, filled with wonderful smells and you develop your cooking skills.
Life can get so hectic trying to balance all of your responsibilities, so sometimes cleaning can be the last thing on your agenda. Although, a rainy day can give you that much needed time to get your home clean and to do the laundry. You also get the added satisfaction when you have completed it all.
13. Catch up on your correspondence
Catch up with any unread emails, letters and paperwork ensuring it is all filed away correctly. Or take sometime to write a relative or friend a letter checking in and just making sure they are well. I love sending hand-written letters to family and friends, I think it is super personal and shows a lot of effort.
If the gloomy weather has you feeling pensive, take to writing down your thoughts in a journal. Experts say that practising journaling reduces stress and anxiety, but in addition enables you to slow down and prioritise self-reflection.
You don’t need to feel any pressure to write anything profound, just let your thoughts come through on paper. Or you could even take the opportunity to create a bucket list.
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15. Batch cook
Do you have a busy life and struggle to make meals at the end of the day? Why not try batch cooking your meals for the next week or so? Whether the batch cooking is for lunches or dinners, it can make meal times hassle free. Even pop them in the freezer to keep the food from spoiling.
16. Start a new hobby
Is there a hobby you have always wanted to try? Sewing, crocheting, painting or even paper crafts? Whatever it is give it a try!
17. Re-organize something
Do you have a cluttered desk? A random dumping draw? Or want to organize a particular room? A de-cluttered and organized space can make you feel relaxed, more productive, calmer and more organized in general.
A gloomy rainy day doesn’t have to be a wasted day of feeling glum. You can use that day to be productive, gets tasks done and work on your physical or mental health. These are 17 ways to be productive on a rainy day but, there are so many other tasks you could do including:
- Reflect and plan ahead
- Book your next trip or holiday
- Pick up an old hobby
- Make a savings goal and plan
- Make new goals
- Book needed appointments eg. doctors appointment
- Make cards or gifts
- Take a nap
I hope this list helps you to be more productive on the next rainy day you have.
What is one productive thing you like to do on a rainy day? I’d love to hear in the comments.