Top 10 things to do at home? As if I could know what fits for you best. You are you, and your choices are what makes you – you. I can only give advice and help you make the most favorable and rational choices. Let your days shine, while you stay home and make coronavirus spread slower so that doctors could keep all patients alive.
What can we do during home quarantine?
There are many things you could do:
- You could practice your hobbies, like singing, knitting, painting, or reading books.
- You could try out new hobbies, like decoupage, sculpting, creating poetry, carving, or playing cards.
- You could improve your skills, like taking online classes, practicing a foreign language, or watching webinars.
- You could play with your kids, spend quality time with partners, skype with relatives, or care about pets.
- You could clean up the home, reorder books, or declutter the wardrobe.
- You could cook dinners, bake pies, shake cocktails, and taste wines.
- You could socialize online, stream your skills, or participate in web campaigns.
- You could watch TV, binge-watch a series on Netflix, or play a video game.
- You could do yoga, workout exercises, or lift weights.
- You could work from home, build a new business, or develop something for passive income.
But there is one problem. You only have 14 days to stay home during the quarantine. For now. So which things should you choose to make the most of your time?
Maybe you want to do only fun activities? Or maybe you want to do only creative activities? Or maybe you only want to do activities that have long-lasting effects? Or perhaps all at once? Let’s have a look at how you could evaluate things by multiple criteria using the strategic prioritizer 1st things 1st and create your top 10 activities. There is even a project template for that.
⚙️ Project setup
When you go to the Projects section of the 1st things 1st prioritizer, you can start a new project and choose a project template with which to begin. A project wizard will guide you through the configuration steps.
1. Choose a project template, “What to Do at Home”:
2. Change or keep the project title and description:
3. Decide how to name things. By default, you will be evaluating activities by criteria. If you want, you can rename that to things evaluated by values or something like that:
4. Choose your initial criteria. You will be able to add some more free-text criteria later.
5. Choose your initial activities from a list of more than 150 options. You will be able to add even more free-text activities later:
Now that you set up the project, let’s go through the 4 steps of prioritization.
🧭 Step 1. Review and edit criteria
In the first step, you would edit the criteria and adjust their importance and the way of evaluating. As I prefer the word “Fun” more than “Engaging”, I renamed that criterion.
💡 Step 2. Review and edit activities
In the second step, you would edit the activities. For example, I added “Play with my son”, because I find it an essential thing to do for his development and family healthiness.
🎚 Step 3. Evaluate activities by criteria
In the third step, you would evaluate each activity by each of your criteria. For example, cleaning up the home is definitely not fun for me, but probably necessary, and taking a selfie is definitely family-friendly, but probably not mindful. Of course, you could argue about my choices, but that doesn’t matter. What matters is that you make correct choices for your evaluations.
📊 Step 4. Analyze priorities
In the fourth and last step, you would see all your priorities. Check the first 10 priorities – these are your top 10 activities for the next two weeks.
For example, for me, it was:
- Start journaling, because it’s my way of tracking progress, and I do and like it already anyway.
- Read a book together, because I find it a good activity for my child’s development, and I still need to get him used to book reading and storytelling.
- Practice coding, because that is one of my most reliable professional skills.
- Learn internet marketing, because I need to market the strategic prioritizer and earn more money for lots of different things and causes.
- Listen to an audiobook, because that allows learning something new while relaxing the eyes.
- Call a friend or a family member, because during a lockdown, I still need socialization.
- Chat with someone, because of the same reason.
- Coach or mentor someone, because we learn by teaching.
- Play some brain games, because I need some rest too.
- Play with my son, because for him playing is a fun way of learning.
It makes sense to follow your top priorities because then you can mostly realize yourself and make the best out of your time. Of course, you shouldn’t limit yourself only to those activities. You will still need to do some things that you don’t like. But when you have self-defined guidelines to follow, you can make your life more progressive.
Check out the strategic prioritizer at my 1st things 1st.
Cover photo by Pierre Bamin.