Non-generic, Productive Ideas for Social Isolation

Mattea Vecera, Staff Writer, Advanced Journalism

Sam Schmid recently wrote an article about how students were spending their quarantine, but I wanted to expand on this and share some ideas on how to keep occupied other than the generic  “read a book, paint something, clean and bake.”

Let’s be honest, while online schooling seems to be going well, it does not require eight hours of work each day. However, this does not mean it’s okay to be lazy for the rest of the day. It’s important to stay as healthy as possible by keeping your mind and body active. Instead of watching movies in bed, I compiled a list of slightly more productive things to do during this time. All of them either stimulate creativity, order, productivity or all three.

Here is a list of some actually fun, non-generic things to do while in quarantine:

  • Rearrange the furniture in your room to give it a “new” feel
  • Finally go through your camera roll and delete old pictures/videos.
  • Discover new music that Spotify suggests for you (Spotify > Your Library > Made For You > Discover Weekly) and make new playlists
  • Make funny TikToks/Video Stars/Dancing or Singing Videos to send in your group chats
  • Learn photoshop and make memes
  • Make a summer bucket list with your friends (and pray that you can see them by then!)
  • Learn a new language on Duolingo
  • Bond with your family over a hard puzzle
  • Play around with new hairstyles and/or makeup looks 
  • Dye your hair (I know more than five seniors who have already done this…)
  • Go through your closet and donate or sell what you won’t wear anymore
  • Learn how to skateboard
  • Write actual handwritten letters to the important people in your life
  • Make a new Pinterest board
  • Take a bubble bath (bonus if you add in a bath bomb)
  • Build a pillow fort 
  • Dress up for no reason and have a photoshoot
  • Plan a party or vacation with your friends
  • Go on a bike ride 
  • Make origami cranes
  • Clean and organize your shoes
  • Take a virtual tour of an art museum
  • Start a prank war with your family
  • Embroider a shirt or a pair of jeans 
  • Play an at-home version of “chopped” with your family
  • Learn magic and card tricks 
  • Read a bunch of articles on the Tritonian