Living life in quarantine means something different for everyone. For some of us, it means we’ve got a lot more time on our hands. Figuring out what to do to pass the time without wasting away in front of the TV or as a slave to our social media feeds isn’t as easy as we might’ve thought. But there are productive things you can do in quarantine that you might suddenly have time to do, like a little bit of spring cleaning or creating a budget so you can get your finances back on track.
Take a look at four tasks you should add to your quarantine to-do list.
1. Do Some Spring Cleaning
Since most of us have more free time on our hands these days, there’s never been a better time to get some spring-cleaning done. Doing a deep clean of your home can help you find lost items, improve your productivity, get rid of things you don’t use anymore and potentially make you some money (if you sell your unwanted items online). To get started, make a list of all of the things you want to clean and separate them into days because you probably won’t get the whole house done in one day. Downloading a printable room-by-room spring cleaning checklist can help you stay organized and get everything done in a timely manner.
2. Get Life Insurance
Life insurance is especially important in times like these, and there’s never been a better time to get the coverage you need to protect your family in the event that something happens to you. Get your insurance coverage in order while quarantined so you can have peace of mind knowing that you and your family are protected. Life insurance can help your family pay off debts, help you leave an inheritance, cover burial costs and bring you peace of mind. Getting a life insurance policy can also help secure your family’s financial future. Think about whether term life or permanent life insurance is better for you based on your individual needs, your age and your financial situation.
3. Take Care of Your Mental Health
Quarantine is proving to be a tough transition for all of us. We just weren’t meant to stay inside and be anti-social creatures. That’s why it’s important that you take care of your mental health. Being in quarantine can leave you with poor mental health, which is why you need to take steps to ensure it stays intact. The following can help you stay in good spirits and elevate your mood:
- Eating healthier foods
- Staying connected to people you love
- Seeking out support or therapy
- Getting enough rest
- Getting outside soak up some Vitamin D
You can also write in your journal, curl up with a good book or listen to your favorite podcast, among other things. Just do whatever makes you happy.
4. Create a New Budget
The current state of things has left a large number of people unemployed or underpaid. That means now’s the perfect time to create a new budget that reflects your new income and financial situation. To get started, you need to figure out your after-tax income and write down a list of all of your expenses, which might include things like rent or mortgage, electric, health insurance, cell phone bill, life insurance, etc.
The next step is to choose a budgeting plan, which essentially means figuring out a system of how you’ll keep track of what you owe and when you need to pay, as well as where to store the money you need for bills.
Coping in Quarantine
Being in quarantine has been quite the challenge, but adding some of the above tasks to your to-do list can help take your mind off everything going on and put you at ease. From doing some spring cleaning and creating a new budget to getting life insurance and taking better care of your mental health, you can find ways to get through these tough times with your head above water.