Your time is precious and it is understandable that no-one wants to be busy and productive every single minute of everyday. But, sometimes you may find yourself bored at home or have a bit of time and you are unsure of what to do. So, this is where this list may come in handy.
I have found because I have a chronic illness and can struggle with fatigue, my days can sometimes not go to plan. So trying to make the time I feel okay as productive as I can, I like to refer to this list of tasks. So, if you have a chronic illness and struggle, just achieving a couple of these tasks can completely change your day! These are just some of the many productive tasks you could practice regarding your home, your self-care, your personal development and much more.
When you next find yourself a bit bored or have some time, instead of staring at a screen whether that is your phone or you are binge-watching Netflix, why not try a few of these ideas to not only make you feel more productive but improve your mood too.
Here are 80 productive things to do at home:
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Home and garden tasks:
- Make your bed
- Put away clean washing
- Put on a clothes wash
- Clear your desk space
- Hoover rooms in your home
- Mop/clean your floors
- Clean your make up brushes
- Change your bed sheets
- Clean your windows
- Clean your skirting boards
- Organize your junk draw/s
- Clean a room in your house
- Declutter your skincare products checking expiry dates
- Declutter your make up products checking expiry dates
- Clean out your car
- Organize a certain space in your house. Which can instantly lift your mood.
- Clean out your fridge and/or fridge
- Declutter your handbag
- Declutter your wardrobe. Donate your clothes or sell them on sites like Vinted or Depop.
- Clean all of your device screens. They can get dirty and harbour a lot of germs.
- Clean sofa cushions
- Clean curtains and net curtains
- Plant new plants
- Plant a vegetable garden
- Sweep/jet wash your driveway
- Sweep/jet wash your patio
- Clean out your kitchen cupboards checking the expiry dates
- Dust your surfaces in your home
- Clean out your oven
- Carry out weeding in your garden
- Clear out your garden shed
- Clear out and organize your loft or your garage
Next, are self-care tasks:
- Catch up with a loved one or a friend
- Write out letters or cards for loved ones
- Journal. Journaling is a powerful self-care task to benefit your mental health.
- Paint, draw or create some art
- Try a new recipe
- Practice gratitude. So, here’s how!
- Bake a cake
- Do a home workout
- Write some poetry
- Have a pamper session
- Look up recipes online to try
- Look for your next holiday
- Make a puzzle
- Start an upcycle project
- Learn a new skill or new language
- Try a new workout activity
- Write your shopping list
- Listen to podcasts. Some of my favourites are Barley Famous by Kail Lowry, Coffee Convos by Kail Lowry and Lindsie Chrisley, The Southern Tea with Lindsie Chrisley and Work In Progress by Sophia Bush.
- Meal prep
- Make a new playlist. I like to make playlists for different activities.
- Create new outfits
- Watch a YouTube video
- Create a wish list
- Start a scrapbook. So here’s tips on scrapbooking!
- Make a natural face mask
- Paint your nails
- Schedule any medical appointments needed
- Write positive affirmations
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Finally, personal growth tasks:
- Re-evaluate and update your CV.
- Create a vision board
- Write your 300 things you want list
- Go through your finances. Unsubscribe to unwanted or used services.
- Read a book. Check out these personal growth books.
- Go through and delete unwanted emails. It also benefits the planet too.
- Create a bucket list
- Start a bullet journal. Here’s how!
- Start a free course. I gained a qualification in Children & Young People’s Mental Health.
- Plan out your week. Check out the best planners on the market as well as my Instagram feed to see my Happy Planner and bullet journal spreads.
- Start a blog. So, here’s why you should!
- Delete unwanted contacts in your phone.
- Go through your paperwork and file it. Shred unwanted paperwork.
- Remove unwanted apps off your phone
- Download games that can train your brain
- Declutter your phone photographs. They can all build up.
- Start a side hustle
- Apply for your dream job
- Write a list of skills you wish to learn
- Set monthly goals to work towards
These are just some examples of productive tasks.
These are just some of the tasks and activities that you could do at home when you bored, have an off day or have some spare time if you are working from home and want to be productive.
So, if like me you have a chronic illness, on days where you feel you can be productive, some of these smaller tasks would be ideal. It may not feel like much to for example, go through all your emails and unsubscribe to unwanted items, but that alone can not only not clog up your emails, but it will ensure you do not miss important emails. So why not try a couple of these tasks, the next time you feel that you can.
However, if you have a day off or spare time it is equally okay to do nothing and relax, which actually is productive for your physical and mental health.
What productive tasks do you enjoy doing? What tasks do you least enjoy? I’d love to hear in the comments.