100 things to do whilst in lock-down

24th August, 2020

What’s there to do while stuck indoors? Here’s 100 suggestions to help make your time quarantined as interesting – and perhaps even as productive – as possible

1. Complete a puzzle

2. Start a journal or blog

3. Dust off that old instrument and practice

4. Text your friends and family

5. Write poetry

6. Watch all the really long movies you’ve avoided until now

7. Teach yourself a foreign language

8. Read

9. Meditate

10. Treat yourself to a 10-step skin care routine

11. Look at pictures of puppies

12. Put together the most attractive charcuterie board possible

13. Paint

14. Write actual letters to family and friends

15. Dance

16. Finally read the rules to those long and intense board games you’ve never played with the family. Encourage the family to play

17. Put on a soap opera

18. Have a space in your home where all of the tupperware goes? Organize it and actually match lids to containers

19. Try on all your clothes and determine whether they “spark joy” á la Marie Kondo

20. Better yet, go through this process with your junk drawer and supply shelves

21. Have a roommate meeting about how to be more considerate of one other, especially while you will likely be spending more time together. Bring baked goods

22. Bake those goods

23. Watch the films that won Oscars for best picture

24. Watch films that won Independent Spirit Awards for best picture

25. Watch films that critics say should have won those aforementioned awards

26. Read all the magazines in your house

27. Watch every Tom Hanks movie chronologically

28. Knit or crochet

29. Use Skype, FaceTime, Google Hangouts or Marco Polo to video chat with your long-distance friends

30. Try out at-home aerobics or yoga videos

31. Look at yourself in the mirror. Attempt a self portrait with pencil and paper

32. Take a bubble bath

33. Make a classic cocktail, from negronis to Manhattans and aperol spritzes. Don’t forget the garnish

34. Coloring books

35. Take time to reflect: What have you accomplished in the last year? What goals are you setting for yourself in the next year?

36. Write a short story or get started on that novel

37. Actually try to reproduce something you see on Pinterest

38. Clear out the family room and camp indoors with all blankets, popcorn and scary movies

39. Finally get around to fixing that broken door knob and loose tile or cleaning scuffed up walls

40. Acquire a foam roller and treat yourself to some physical therapy

41. Pretend you’re 13 years old and fold a square piece of paper into a fortune teller you put your thumbs and pointer fingers into. Proceed to tell fortunes

42. Learn how to braid (fishtail, French, etc.) via YouTube tutorial

43. Throw out all your too-old makeup and products

44. Interview your grandparents (over the phone, of course) and save the audio. Can you create an audio story or book with that file?

45. Go through your camera roll, pick your favorite pics from the past year and make a photo book or order framed versions online

46. Go on a health kick and learn how to cook new recipes with ingredients you may not be using already, from miso to tahini

47. Create a Google document of shows or movies you’re watching and share it among family and friends

48. Make a list of things for which you are grateful

49. Have your own wine tasting of whatever bottles you have at home

50. Work on your financial planning, such as exploring whether to refinance your loan or ways to save more money

51. Perfect grandma’s bolognese recipe

52. Make coffee, but this time study how many beans you use, which types, how hot the water is, how long it brews and whether any of that makes a difference

53. Buy gift cards from your favorite local businesses to help keep them in business while we quarantine

54. Watch “Frozen 2″

55. Write a book with your family. Pick a character and each member writes a chapter about their adventures. Read aloud to each other

56. Have a Scrabble tournament. Or Bananagrams. Pictionary, anyone?

57. Get into baking with “The Great British Baking Show,” but your technical challenge is baking something with the ingredients you have on hand (that you didn’t already use in the charcuterie board).

58. Indoor scavenger hunt

59. Alternate reading the Harry Potter series with your kids and cap each one off with the movie

60. Dye your hair a new color

61. Read Robert Jordan’s 14-book “Wheel of Time” series before it streams on Amazon starring Rosamund Pike

62. Write a play starring your loved ones. Perform it via a video call app

63. Go viral in the good way by making a quarantine-themed TikTok

64. Rearrange your sock drawer

65. Stop procrastinating and do your taxes

66. Make lists of all the museums, sporting events and concerts you want to visit when they finally reopen

67. Get into comics with digital subscriptions on your tablet, like Marvel Unlimited

68. Rearrange your furniture to make it seem like your home is a totally different space

69. Practice shuffling playing cards

70. Organize your spice rack alphabetically or get crazy and do it by cuisine

71. Teach your dog to shake. Hand sanitizer optional

72. Memorize the periodic table. You never know when that will come in handy

73. Order and put together some IKEA furniture. Time yourself

74. Get a free trial of a streaming service and binge-watch as much as you can before it expires

75. Pick up a new skill online

76. Learn a new style of dance via YouTube, from bellydancing to breaking.

77. Update or write your will and organize your affairs. Yes, it sounds melodramatic and morbid but let’s face it: This is a task many of us avoid because we never have the time. Now we do

78. Livestream a concert or parade

79. Bring out the Legos. Build your house inside of your house

80. Watch the “Star Wars” movies in this and only this order: Rogue One-IV-V-II-III-Solo-VI-VII-VIII-IX.

81. Two words: Coronavirus beard! Grow it, moisturize it, comb it, love it

82.  Learn the words to “Tung Twista.” Get them so ingrained in your brain that you can rap them as fast as Twista can. Impress everyone

83. Been meaning to get some new glasses? Try on new frames virtually

84. Attempt things with your non-dominant hand, from writing to brushing your teeth. Prepare to be frustrated

85. How many words per minute can you type? See if you can get speedier by taking a typing course

86. Prepare to verbally duel a bully who wants to discuss the evolution of the market economy in the Southern colonies, by memorizing Matt Damon’s “Good Will Hunting” speech

87. Learn origami. Make cranes for your loved ones

88. Stretch. Work on your flexibility. It’s possible to get the splits back, right?

89. Try to speak in pig Latin. Or, “ig-pay, atin-Lay.”

90. Talk to your plants. How are they doing? Make sure they are getting the amount of sunlight they should be. Check their soil. Water if necessary

91. Deep condition your hair

92. Consider donating to help families struggling to get meals

93. Write a song

94. Study the art of beatboxing

95. Try moving in super-slow motion. It’s OK to laugh at regular speed

96. You know how there are dozens of ways to wear a scarf, but you only wear it the one way? Learn the other ways

97. Learn Old English words. Pepper them into your conversation. Wherefore not?

98. Try on a new shade of lipstick. See how long it takes your partner to notice it

99. Take deep breaths, in through your nose and out through your mouth

100. Sleep. Get lots of it