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With everyone in social isolation, it can be hard to feel productive. While the situation isn’t ideal here are some things to try while in social isolation to stay productive and positive.

Do homework

Even though it may feel like the school year is over there are still exams and assignments that have to be completed. Even though it may seem impossible to focus on schoolwork without going to your in-person classes or the library, it is important that we still make school a priority. When your days consist of nothing more than the four walls around you, having a real task at hand can help to give our days structure. At first, school-work seemed like the last thing I should be doing with my time, but now, I’m happy to have the distraction. It’s a good way to channel all of my productive energy into a real task. Finding a quiet and peaceful spot in your house with good WIFI can help the quarantined days go by faster.

Read a book

Many students like myself might be wondering what do to with their spare time between at-home study sessions. If you’re tired of spending your free time watching TV and feeling unproductive, try reading a book that’s been on your shelf for years. It’s likely that you have a book in mind that you’ve been meaning to read for a while now, and just haven’t gotten around to it. What better time than now? Reading is a great way to pass the time while feeling productive.

Do yoga

Spending all day at home can be hard on the body. With limited opportunities to get physical, and without your usual gym equipment, you’ll have to resort to other ways to stay active. Doing at-home workouts, like yoga, are great while you’re in isolation. It’s a convenient way to stay fit, focus on calming your mind, and requires minimal space and equipment.


Spending all day cooped up inside with little to no social interaction, while important for slowing the spread of COVID-19, can be very hard on your mental health. I find that meditation and practicing mindfulness really helps me deal with any negative thoughts or feelings. Many apps and online tutorials are available for coaching if you don’t know how.


Baking is a fun hobby to take up while in quarantine. Trying out new recipes and making fun meals alone or with your quarantine company—whether it be friends or family—can be a nice way to pass the time. It is also a skill that will be very useful to you outside of quarantine and in the future.

Listen to a podcast

If you are looking for something entertaining that doesn’t require you to sit in front of the TV, there are tons of free podcasts available online and on various streaming platforms like Spotify and apple music. The wide range of subjects that you can find podcasts for can help expand your knowledge in a new field, or pass the time while staying entertained.

Stay connected to your friends

The worst part, at least for me, about quarantine is not being able to see my friends. Fortunately, technology provides a great way to stay in contact. Through facetime, text or social media, staying in contact with friends and love ones is much easier and is a great way to feel like you are still connected to your social life.

Laura Wilson

Queen's U '21

Laura Wilson is an Art History and Psychology Major at Queen's University. She loves hiking, environmental sciences and wildlife with a special passion for writing.
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