6 Ways to Maximize Your Time at Home
With many states and counties issuing stay-at-home orders in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, people are finding themselves with what seems to be an endless amount of time at home. There's only so many shows you can binge before going mad, so we put together a list of few hobbies you can do to pass the time, including a few that the BloomSocial team have started.
Learn (or relearn) an instrument
Remember that guitar you bought years ago when you promised yourself that you’d learn how to play? Now is the perfect time to stop judging your ability to commit to something hard and spend some time learning it. You can replace the guitar with the piano, drums, music production, or any other musical endeavor and it still fits here. Just by searching “free (insert instrument here) lessons” on Google or YouTube, you will find an enormous amount of resources at your disposal.
Free Option: Justinguitar.com contains a wealth of free guitar lessons and is endorsed by legendary guitarists such as Mark Knopfler of Dire Straits fame, and Steve Vai of Steve Vai fame. Drumeo is another resource from YouTube that goes over beginner, intermediate, and advanced drum techniques if you are interested in drumming. As a general rule of thumb, YouTube is a treasure trove of free educational content on the internet.
Paid Option: For those looking to focus specifically on guitar or bass guitar, Rocksmith 2014 is a cheaper option that connects your guitar or bass into the PC and helps guide you through different popular songs and playing techniques. You can pick up the game and the USB cable for around $40 on Amazon.
Begin learning a new language
Online resources for learning new languages are as abundant as ever in the marketplace. Many of you may have friends or family that learned English as a second language and have professed that it is one of the more difficult languages to learn. With that in mind, go tackle another language that may not be so hard. The US Foreign Service Institute ranked languages based on their difficulty to learn as a native English speaker. Here are a few of those options:
Each of these languages take around 480 hours to learn basic fluency. While you may not be in quarantine for that long, you may just begin to like learning a new language and continue your progress after moving back into regular life.
Free Option: Duolingo is free for life with the option to pay for a premium version that removes ads.
Paid Option: Rosetta Stone has long been the standard for learning a new language online. They offer a 3 day free trial in addition to paid options for monthly access to a single language, monthly access to their entire catalog of languages, and a one-time fee for a lifetime membership to all languages.
Learn how to cook
Now that you can’t go out as much anymore, why not take the time to finally learn how to cook? Spring is the best time of year to hop back on the grill and try out new recipes. If you’re already on Pinterest, search for new, exotic meals you can make with common cooking ingredients. Services like Hello Fresh, Home Chef, and Freshly can provide you with the ingredients and recipes at your doorstep, which also saves you a trip to the grocery store where it’s not guaranteed that you’ll get everything you need.
Free Option: There’s no such thing as free food, but check out recipes on Pinterest and buy the groceries yourself.
Paid Option: Hello Fresh, Home Chef, and Freshly can jumpstart your cooking journey by helping make all the decisions for you; all that’s left to do is cook.
Learn a more technical language
Free Option: Code Academy has a number of free courses to get you started on learning to code.
Paid Option: I’m sticking with Code Academy again. Their paid courses provide a great foundation for learning the basics about code.
Check out some free courses and lectures from top universities
For this option, there is no paid alternative, which is great! Many of the top universities in America and around the world are offering free online courses and lectures you can access. Spend some time learning about history, computer science, music, and much more. Check out some of the courses from Harvard and Yale to get started.
Learn the ropes of social media management
Like many, you may be stuck at home finding yourself scrolling on social media at a much higher rate than usual. Why not take this time to learn the ropes of social media management and turn passing the time into a valuable skill? As businesses adapt to newer forms of advertisement, learning how to manage social media profiles is a highly desirable skill for businesses wanting to take that next step. Hootsuite Academy is a great place to start learning those skills.
BloomSocial was founded with a vision and some unexpected time on our hands. While we are restricted from many of the things in our normal daily life, there are still plenty of ways to utilize this time to better ourselves and learn some new skills.
Image from US Foreign Service Institute