How To Plan When You Don’t Have Plans

COVID-19 has taken the World by storm, and most of us are at home practicing "social distancing".  Schools, restaurants/bars, cinemas, stores, etc. are closed, and extra-curricular activities are canceled. Needless to say, our schedules are currently wide open! So how do you use your planner when you have 0 plans? Simple, make time for all the things you've been putting off doing. Here are a few suggestions below on how to plan with no plans.

READING

Has it been months (maybe even years) since you've sat down and read a book? Schedule it in! Make time every day to dedicate to reading. Library and book store closed? No problem! You can purchase an e-book that can be read on your mobile device/tablet or you can purchase an audiobook. Audible usually does free trials for audiobooks via amazon. My trial gave me 1 free book credit per month for a duration of 3 months. However, the promos vary from month to month so go and see what they are offering right now.

PLAN TO LISTEN TO PODCAST

Podcasts are one of the biggest digital trends right now. What could be better? You can listen to some really cool episodes while doing something else (cough cough...crafting) its multi-tasking at its finest. Podcasts come in all varieties from educational to motivational to news to comedy to lifestyle. There's a podcast out there for everyone. So find one that you love and pencil in time dedicated to listening to it, into your planner.

Here are a few podcasts that I enjoy:

PLAN SOME E-LEARNING

Have you been wanting to learn a new skill? There's no better time to dedicate to the task than a few weeks isolated at home. There are a variety of platforms that offer FREE online courses from some of the Worlds top schools. Register and learn a skill that can help you at work or in your personal life (think passion project).

Here are a few sites you can check out for free e-courses:

These are reputable websites that I have used to take free courses. They also give you the opportunity to pay a small fee for a certificate of completion, and on the more expensive end if you're serious SERIOUS  you can actually pay for multi-course certifications.

PLAN TO GARDEN

Spring has sprung! What better time to get your garden in order or begin to garden? Honestly speaking, this whole experience has me super motivated to grow my own produce so I'm less dependent on stores when circumstances like this arise. I could just be at home picking food from my garden (a girl can dream right??!!!). You can utilize your planner to schedule in planting, watering, fertilization, etc. to keep all your gardening tasks on track.

Fun Fact: You don't actually have to go out and purchase seeds as many veggies and fruits have seeds within them that you can utilize to start your garden. Youtube is flooded with a bunch of awesome videos that can get you started.

PLAN SOME CRAFTING

Yes, folks, this is The perfect time to get all that crafting done. Refrain from going to the store - order online if you must. But I know you have a storage container filled with stuff that you can utilize right now (wink wink). Knit/crotchet that planner cover, customize that item, start that scrapbook/memory book, create the centerpieces for your tables, and the list goes on and on. Pencil in an hour or 2 each day to dedicate to those fun crafting tasks.

These suggestions are just the tip of the iceberg and I hope they help you plan a happy life while "social distancing" at home!