34 productive things to do at home during self-isolation
How to keep yourself entertained indoors while you’re stuck at home.
If you’re stuck at home there’s more to do than watch pay TV or declutter – what about starting to learn a language, studying a free university paper, or doing cool things with the kids?
There’s a world to explore from your armchair and many things are free. Whether you’re self isolating, or practising social distancing, here are 30 ideas to help prevent cabin fever by keeping your mind active and your body moving.
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34 productive things to do at home (other than binge-watch sitcoms)
Quench your thirst for learning
Enrol in a MOOC
So, you never finished that university degree or always wanted to study philosophy? Now’s the perfect time to sign up for a MOOC (massive open online course). MOOCs are free courses offered by universities, colleges and other educational institutions from around the world, on subjects ranging from artificial intelligence and the biology of cancer, to understanding modern sculpture. You can do a whole course or a single subject.
Students get to learn from top educators and collaborate with students from around the world. And, unlike traditional university courses, there are no entry requirements and no fees, although some providers charge students if they want an official certificate of completion. Platforms including Coursera and edX bring together MOOCs from around the world, including Australia. Find out more at gooduniversitiesguide.com.au.
For those in the workforce wanting to upskill, LinkedIn Learning (previously Lynda.com) offers a month’s free trial to more than 14,000 courses for in-demand skills such as software development, data science and leadership. You can also train yourself on popular software applications such as Swift, Apple’s programming language, which allows you to build iPhone and iPad apps. If you’ve ever puzzled over spreadsheets, there are numerous courses on Excel and data analysis. After the free trial, subscriptions start at about $40 a month. General Assembly also offers a range of digital workshops, boot camps and short courses in everything from UX design and front-end web development to copywriting and coding.
Join a YouTube tutorial
Whether you want to learn to sing, improve your photography skills or make a table from scrap timber, there’s a YouTube tutorial for that.
Take a free renovation class
Learn how to plan, design and style your dream home with a free online module through The Reno School, from mastering kitchens and bathrooms to nailing the basics of interior decorating.
Sweat up a virtual storm with Kayla Itsines, download a fitness app or work-out to a YouTube tutorial.