It’s easy to get demotivated when you’ve got nowhere to be and, it might feel like, nothing to do. Why brush your hair and coordinate an outfit if you’re not going anywhere? Why clean the house if no one is coming over? While this season is a great time for some well-earned rest, do you really want to look back on all this extra free time and feel like you did nothing of worthwhile with it?

While 2020 seems to have taken a lot from us, it has also given many of us the gift of time. With commutes, extracurricular activities, social calendar and church events all either being cancelled or going online, we can’t deny there’s more space in our week.

If you want to use your time well, a good question to ask yourself is:

What have I always wanted to do but claimed I was ‘too busy’ for?

There are some obvious ones that can’t be done, like ‘travel the world’ or ‘visit all my relatives’, but there’s a lot that can, and it’s far more rewarding that obsessively reading news report after news report or anxiously scrolling social media.

After these kind activities we often feel, for want of a better word, yucky. It’s not a fulfilling way to spend time and doesn’t encourage or motivate us. The virtue of industriousness is a helpful one to cultivate and the temptation to time-waste is at an all-time high in 2020.

Sitting around and thinking about the state of the world can really be counter-productive and get you feeling depressed, anxious or just plain angry. But start by focussing on the good things in your life, like health, a home, safety, food on the table, family.

Technology can also be a great tool during this time to connect with others and shine the light of Christ. For some of us, especially in the state of Victoria, we can’t physically go to church. So, it’s a great time for some spiritual reading.  There are plenty of good books out there on heroes of the faith, personal prayer or whatever you are keen on. And of course, the best book of all; The Bible. Now is a great time to study the bible, press into prayer (there are lots of things to pray about!) and spend extended times of reflection or worship. All of this can be done from the comfort of your home.

For me, I’ve spent the time doing three main things apart from working from home and spending daily time in the Word of God:

  • Using my daily hour of exercise to build my fitness and nurture my mental health
  • Drafting my novel manuscript
  • Learning Dutch

Of course, I’ve also read a lot of books and watched my fair share of TV, and there’s nothing wrong with taking time to relax, but this year is also a golden opportunity. So, what have you been itching to do?

If you’re feeling uninspired, below is a list of 15 ideas to get you thinking:

  1. Spend time learning a skill you’ve always wanted, like making latte art, baking the perfect macarons or woodworking.
  2. Look for things at home to decorate or repair.
  3. Check out your bookshelf and get stuck into the books you’ve been putting off for too long.
  4. Do a deep spring clean.
  5. Write letters/emails/messages to family and friends to encourage them, especially if they live alone.
  6. Make a habit of calling your grandparents regularly.
  7. Invent a totally new game for your family that can become your signature game.
  8. Use this time to build your fitness (if you want a specific goal you could hone your 1km time, plank for as long as possible or see or how many push-ups you can do in one session).
  9. Grab out a recipe book you’ve never used and work your way through it.
  10. Learn a new language (Auslan sign language is a great one).
  11. Educate yourself on an issue that you currently feel ignorant about.
  12. Introduce yourself to your neighbours.
  13. Get in touch with your creative side by doing paint by numbers, sketching, puzzling, needlework, graphic design or gardening.
  14. Use YouTube to learn one new skill you currently can’t access lessons for.
  15. Research charities you can support in some way.

Here’s to some time well spent!

Article written by Lil van Wyngaard

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