Goal Setting ~ Quarantine Diaries

I’m kinda starting to understand why pets try to run out of the house when the front door is open.

DAY 19 OF LOCK DOWN 

The lockdown has taken a toll on every single one of us.Being told to stay within the four walls of our home for another 20 days doesn’t make it easier.

Wherever you are in the world ,since you and I are stuck in the same boat (quite literally) why not start or revive or revisit that list of goals we had.

Where are your goals at?

 Just because the lockdown confines you to your apartment doesn’t mean you can’t accomplish them. What happened to that book you were gonna finish reading? What happened to the skills you were going to work on?

Here are the goals I have for this quarantine period 

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ART AND DOODLES 

Painting, sketches, pen work, doodles,zentangles, mandalas, crafts, embroidery are just some ideas over the top of my head 

Get working on some DIYs for your room. Or how about you finish that canvas painting you never got to?

Try relaxing by making some beautiful mandalas 

MY GOAL: At least another few paintings and a doodle a day 

Here are a few I made over the past few days.

Read more : https://99takeontheworld.wordpress.com/2019/12/10/venting-out-emotions-how-you-can-do-it/

BOOKS TO READ

With Amazon and your local bookstore being closed don’t simply put your reading list away.

I reached a reading slump last week and to overcome the lack of a physical book I began downloading free books from the web.

Fangirl,Confessions of a shopaholic and When I go to sleep are currently on my TBR .

MY GOAL:1 hour of reading a day 

Read more: https://99takeontheworld.wordpress.com/2020/03/05/book-review-before-her-eyes/

WRITE 

What better way to release all the pent up anger, stress and worry inside you that by penning down your thoughts.

Try your hand at writing a song, a poem or even a brain dump.

This is my third post in the Quarantine diaries series and I hope to write some more soon.

MY GOAL: 30 mins of writing a day 

MOVIES TO WATCH 

Remember that list of must-watch movies you made 3 summers ago hoping you would get to them- instead of randomly scrolling through Netflix and watching whatever rom-com you found?

Yah. It’s time to dig up that old box.

Start looking for movies that actually interest you.

Thrillers, historical drama and movies based on real-life events are in my box.

Inside out and Onward are a few favorites.

MY GOAL:Disney and Pixar movies with a few documentaries

FITNESS 

Do I need to stress the importance of this? I know it’s very tempting to just stay in your couch the whole day with your fuzzy blanket and maybe some refreshing lemonade.

But you shouldn’t 

Walk. Skip some rope. Jog in place. Stretch every hour.Try some aerobics .

Just do something to get your body moving instead of lazing around the whole day .

MY GOAL:90 minutes of exercise a day split into 45 minute sessions

Read more:https://99takeontheworld.wordpress.com/2019/10/03/how-to-stay-fit-in-a-busy-schedule/

HOBBIES 

You have a couple of hours free the whole day even after working .

So try a new hobby or two .

You can take some inspiration from my previous post. Get a family member involved to make it more engaging.

Read more:https://99takeontheworld.wordpress.com/2020/03/18/beat-cabin-fever-with-this-summer-bucket-list-2020/

MY GOAL:2 hours of fun and hobbies everyday 

DECLUTTER

If you see your closet with clothes stuffing out or if you see your bookcase with books stuffed in all different directions than you know it’s time to declutter your space.

WORK 

School has assigned us a boat load of work to do over the next few weeks.

A couple of projects,A 3000 word handwritten essay ,a couple of worksheets and so on.

Start listing down everything you have to work on and spread it throughout the day.

SKILL BUILDING 

There must be a couple of things you have always wanted to learn or something you have always been fascinated with.

The lockdown has moved many online skill teaching platforms to open up 30-day free access to courses. So get started and get learning .

MY GOAL: Working on my blog writing 

STUDY 

You obviously have a few chapters or maybe even a book or two you need to complete before that next exam of yours. Allot only an hour or so a day to hit the books.

MY GOAL: Prepare for the upcoming school exams

ROUTINE AND HABITS 

Build a routine, A basic one. Just so you know what you need to get done every day 

RESEARCH 

It’s time to prop open that laptop and start researching. What’s that one thing that you have always been in awe with. Pick it up and start researching. Who knows where you will end up.

I have decided to revisit my old craze of the Egyptians .

MY GOAL: Revisit the Egyptian and maybe the Harappan civilization 

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A productive day at home ~ Quarantine Diaries.

You obviously can’t spend the rest of the lockdown in your pajamas,binge-watching Netflix and refusing to get out of bed all in the name of social distancing.

Now that a lockdown was announced ,you probably ran into your room ,slipped under your covers and propped open your laptop.

5 days in,your hair’s a mess ,you are bored out of your skull,you are already lagging behind on assignments and  you are simply frustrated due to the small space you are confined to.

But remember-It’s for your own safety.

So here’s how to get out of a productivity slump,stay on top of things and protect your mental health during this lockdown.

Set your attitude for the day

It’s important to get your game face on.Tell yourself what you want to accomplish today

Wear clothes that give you a work hard play hard attitude.

So first things first,get out of those PJ’s

Schedule, schedule and schedule some more

Just because your life has been thrown into a whirlwind doesn’t mean you should lose control over it.

Plan out your activities i.e your regular routine with modifications to make it suitable for a home environment.

Switch your gym workout to a home workout.Office hours replaced by work from home hours.

Have a long list of goals and books lists that you could never get to ?

Now is your time to tackle all of them.

Have a Lazy day 

Today I don’t feel like doing anything

I just wanna lay in my bed

Don’t feel like picking up my phone 

Feelin’ the vibe ?

Pick one day in the week where you choose to do nothing at all.

A day where you stay in your PJ’s and eat Nutella out of the jar for lunch.

Studies & Work

With early closure of schools and workplaces,your studies and work shouldn’t take a back seat.

Instead of jumping into your work immediately ,slowly ease yourself in.

Chunk all your work into smaller manageable pieces and spread it out.

Set a time slot everyday and ensure you have no distractions

Designate a particular workspace and stick to it.

Fitness

The gym and running track being shut doesn’t give you an excuse to put your fitness away.

Try out a few home workout vides.You can mix it up by adding a zumba session in between.

Try incorporating a yoga routine into your day ,first thing in the morning and end your day with some easy guided meditation.

Always promised yourself to make time for your health?What better time than now ?

Mental health

There is quite literally only one major solution .

Limit the news you take in.

Stop indulging yourself into news reports and fake forwards.

It’s bad enough as it is out there.So stop trying to make things more  difficult for yourself.Instead pursue an activity that relaxes you and help others around you too.

Health 

Limit your overall screen time to no more than 2 hours a day.Don’t turn into a couch potato.

Stick to a sleep schedule.Set a designated time for you to go to bed and wake up.

Hobbies

You have a lot of time on your hands now so why not pursue a hobby or two ?

Here are some of my personal favorites.

  • Take an online skill course
  • Read a book that’s been on your list forever 
  • Watch a Ted talk or listen to a podcast 
  • Doodle/ Draw /Paint
  • Research
  • Write /Journal-Start a daily log or journal your thoughts everyday.
  • Declutter
  • Sing-Smule is free after all 
  • Video call a friend or a family member 
  • Try your hand at a culinary skill
  • Listen to new music and make a summer playlist 
  • Binge watch a new series 

Do something different

I recently published a bucket list –

https://99takeontheworld.wordpress.com/2020/03/18/beat-cabin-fever-with-this-summer-bucket-list-2020/

So pick something out and incorporate it into your day.

Your day probably gets tedious and monotonous being stuck at home without much to look forward too.Instead pick a few things out of this bucket list and give it a try.

Take it easy 

Take it one day at a time.The stress of the quarantine and the complete shift in social interactions can leave you in distress.So remember to take things easy when you need to.Reach out to friends and family for support.

Stay safe !

ISHITA TENJERLA

99 TAKE ON THE WORLD

15 PRODUCTIVE THINGS TO DO WHEN BORED -Boredom checklist

Do you catch yourself saying “I’m bored “ very often ?


If you are someone like me ,you get bored way too easily and also have way to much energy 

Here are 15 fun and  productive things for you to do the next time you are bored

  1.  Catch up on your pending work or study 
  2. Choose a big test or exam that will get you into that dream college you want and start preparing 
  3. Write a book ,a poem or even a brain dump 
  4. Set for yourself a few long term and short term goals.You don’t have to wait for the new year to do that 
  5. Draw ,doodle,zentangle,mandalas -get artistic 
  6. Learn a new language with the help of free educational apps like Duolingo 
  7. Take a walk or go hit the gym and burn some calories 
  8. Declutter your space and organise your material 
  9. Start an online course on Udemy ,Coursera or Shaw academy 
  10. Read a book.
  11. Tackle your to – do list 
  12. Pick up a new hobby (cooking ,swimming ,gardening )
  13. Journal.Pick up any notebook and start journaling 
  14. Connect -call up your grandmother or your best friend and catch up 
  15. Volunteer in an NGO nearby or sign yourself up for a club

WHEN LIFE PULLS YOU DOWN

GETTING BACK UP IS NOT EASY !

Jumping back onto your feet after a rough patch is overrated.

What do you do when life pulls you down,tramples on you and throws you into a sandstorm ,and then expect you to get up and muster the energy to tell everyone that you are okay ?

1.WORK 

I throw myself into work .I fuel myself with all the anger ,sadness and regrets and just work.But this is quite painful,trust me I know 

2.INVOLVE 

Get involved in  an art class,or a music class.Join a community service.Find a new hobby and involve yourself into it.Enroll yourself into a course .

This should be something that you can come to whenever you are having a bad day.

3.CRY 

Crying is scientifically the best way to get rid of stress and just unload all your problems.Cry it out .Then treat yourself to a tub of ice cream some brownies.

4.FEEL SORRY FOR YOURSELF- JUST 15 MINS 

Feel sorry for yourself .For 15 minutes MAX 

And then get your butt back into action 

5.GET AWAY 

Get away from the person causing you pain.Get away from the place making you angry .Just get away for awhile and clear your head.

These are a few things that really work well for me. I would love to hear what you guys do when life pulls you down .

DO YOU HAVE PRODUCTIVITY GUILT ? Reading time -4 minutes

Ever feel guilty of not having accomplished anything

Although it is only 6 pm

And you just finished 7 out of 10 things on your to do list

and you have a sprained wrist 

and you just came home from running a marathon

If this kinda sounds like you ,then You have the case of Productivity guilt.

WHAT IS PRODUCTIVITY GUILT ?

You are the kind of person that wants to get a million things  accomplished in a day and will try to do so .But if you just sat down to relax for an hour ,you feel very guilty about doing so.So guilty that you start self hating.

The key word here is wasted 

Any time spent not doing work that you have planned or in your terms work that is labelled as  ‘ PRODUCTIVE ‘is time wasted.Giving you the case of productivity guilt .Where  you become very self critical of yourself for not doing enough.

There is always a little voice in the back of your head that says you are not doing enough and you will end up regretting not utilizing this time.

You tend to forget all the other tasks or goals you have accomplished and focus on the ones left .

It does have an upside though.

Productivity guilt ridden people are almost like productivity machines.they work harder,do well in life and always have a clear list of goals.

As I am writing this blog I have a to do list that is  running in my head 

Workout,read 10 pages of book,finish school project ,write blogs more often e ,mediate ,finish painting ,finish  psychology chapter ,print research papers,call grandma , 

And the list NEVER ends

WHY DOES IT HAPPEN ?

  • This is  usually brought upon due to the fear of failure or  because you are an over ambitious person.Or both
  • Or it is because you have been brainwashed by productivity gurus that say that you’re wasting the most productive time of your life by not waking up at  4 am 
  • You have this constant need of people assuring you that you are doing more than enough
  • Or if your mom walks into the room and asks how you have so much free time left (although everything is done )

Because all four  ring true for me

WHAT CAN YOU DO ABOUT IT

  •   Carry a little of your work with you. Start using half your free time to do your work and the other half to just have fun.
  • Do not WRITE your list of things to do for that day but menatlly remember it .out of sight out of mind.
  • Another trick that works well for me.Go find a friend or family member and recite all the lists of tasks you have done for the day in detail.You will then be self convinced that you have done enough.
  • Just remember that you are ALWAYS doing enough even when you don’t feel so.Every human being has a point where a burnout is reached. Just soak in the moment.