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15 Useful Things to Do When You're Stuck at Home - The Simple Dollar
Many Americans (and people around the world) are suddenly finding themselves stuck at home for a while. Some of us have children at home with us, some of us have to work from home, while others are simply there because their job is on a break.


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Stuck at home

Many people around the world are suddenly finding themselves stuck at home for a while, during the pandemic.

The temptation to just watch a lot of Netflix and chill out is tempting. Many wil...


Work from home

If you are able to work from home, make a dedicated working area inside your home that is only used for work. You want a spot in your home that you begin to identify as the place where you work.


Learn a new skill

Spend some of your time on a new professional skill. 

  • Identify a topic you can really study. Think about a skill that will help your career or about a new field/t...


Set up a smart to-do system

Get a robust to-do system set up to manage all of the things you're doing while being at home.

  • To start, dump everything in your life you need to do now or some other time in your to-d...


Start an exercise routine

Bodyweight exercises are great to gently start bumping up your fitness level.

Commit to doing them for 10 minutes a day and try to get yourself a little sweaty and out of breath. The goal is...


Establish a healthy sleep schedule

Getting adequate sleep - around seven to eight hours per night - sets the stage for better health, focus, engagement, and less stress.


Read a book

It can be very tempting to fall into mindless entertainment. Instead, find one or two books that you've been meaning to read, and finally read them.

If you don't have anything at home, check...


Watch a movie or series

Being stuck at home could be a great time to watch some movies you've been putting off because you've been so busy.

Don't spend your time just channel surfing. Spend your screen time watchin...


Make your phone less distracting

A smartphone is a powerful tool as well as a powerful distraction.

Use this time to focus on using your phone as a powerful tool and move away from what makes it a distraction.


Go through your bills

Look at your bank statements, credit card statements, and online payment account to identify every bill and recurring payment.

Ask yourself whether you need this bill or recurring expense at...


Build up your cooking skills

Being stuck at home is a good time to get more into preparing your own foods from scratch.

It can be quick meals that you know you'll like and could see yourself making on weeknights. The m...


Make meals in advance

Make a bunch of meals in advance and store them in the freezer.

Meals like casseroles, soups, and stews can be made almost entirely in advance and put in the freezer for easier thawing and ...


Spend time with your children

If you have children, spend some good quality time together. Participate in activities that your child is excited about.

If your child likes to draw or color, get out paper and crayons and d...


Do a deep clean

Choosing to isolate at home is a great opportunity to clean your home thoroughly and take stock of your possessions.

Go through all your possessions and decide which ones you can sell or giv...



Remote work and children

Many working parents are facing working from home with kids and without access to babysitters, playdates, and even Grandma-dates that you might generally rely on.

It won't be smooth sailing ...

Get Creative With Your Schedule

If you have another adult home with you, consider a split schedule: At the beginning of each day, decide who will be the 'on point' parent. That person will work at the dining room table, feed the kids and suggest activities, while the other parent works in a different room.

One parent can also work before the children are awake, then you can stagger work times during the day, and the other parent can work when the children are in bed.

Be Up Front With Your Boss

Before you make adjustments to your work schedule in order to watch your children, talk to your boss or HR.

Let them know that your transition to home also means being responsible for your children. Create a schedule that you can share with your boss and assure them of your commitment to maintaining the level of excellence they expect.

If you clearly communicate your needs, you will decrease the level of stress and also open the door for coworkers to follow suit.

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It refers to the thousands of chemical reactions that turn what we eat and drink into fuel in every cell of the body. These reactions change in response to our environments and behaviors, an...

How The Body Uses Calories

  • Basal metabolism is the energy our body needs to keep our cells working and accounts for 65-80% of most adults' caloric consumption.
  • The thermic effect of food is the energy our body uses to process food and accounts for 10% of most adults' caloric consumption.
  • Physical activity accounts for 10 - 30 % of most people’s caloric consumption .

Controlling Your Own Weight

Not everyone overeats and becomes overweight, and not everyone who becomes overweight or obese develops illnesses like diabetes or heart disease. 

There was never a special diet, exercise regimen, or supplement that worked universally to control weight. Through trial and error, we have to discover habits and routines we can stick with that help us eat less and move more. 

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Keep the Same Schedule

To give your day structure, keep the same routine as when you went into an office. Get up at the same time and make a to-do list. Check in with the same person every morning.

Your s...

Set Boundaries

Pick a place for your office away from distraction.
Boundaries also apply to other people who may be sharing the same space. Children can work alongside you as if they were coming to the office.

Schedule Breaks

You won't have the same cues as you do from your workplace to remind you to get up or get lunch. When you lose the pace of your day, everything can start to blend together.

Treat your exercise, meals and stretch breaks as you would any other meeting. Put it on your calendar, at least to start.

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