Have you suddenly found yourself with a lot of free time? Are you thinking of ways you can best spend it wisely? What else can you do aside from eating, sleeping, and lounging around?
If you’re looking for other things to do that can make your spare time worthwhile, then read on and find out. From watching virtual concerts to enrolling in online classes, there are several options that you can choose from.
It’s no secret that a lot of people around the world have been cooped up in their homes since COVID-19 hit. With lockdowns and various interpretations of community quarantines, most people have been staying inside their homes to help mitigate the spread of the disease.
Social distancing and stay-at-home orders haven’t stopped the citizens of the world from living their life as best they could. There are those who spent their days doing online challenges or joining online trends such as TikTok or the popular Dalgona coffee-making craze. Others would spend their days and nights binge-watching the newest series on TV or re-watching old movies. Still some people have rediscovered old hobbies or found new interests.
You might have already tried some of the activities mentioned above. Perhaps baking, gardening, or knitting do not really interest you. When you are wondering what else you can do, then you can go online – not just to scroll through Facebook, mind you – but to find other activities that can enrich your mind, body, or spirit.
Here are some examples of online activities that you can check out to make good use of your free time:
1. Enroll in an Online Course
There are online IT courses that may interest those who are inclined towards information technology and its related fields such as data science. There are also personal development courses that can help you in areas such as basic office applications and systems. If you have kids, there are online classes that they can attend that tackle both basic and advanced topics in Mathematics, Science, the English language, and STEM courses. Some schools even offer online ballet or yoga lessons.
No matter what the subject is, the point is that you have a wide variety of options to choose from should you decide to enhance your knowledge or learn something new. If you’re a business analyst or project manager, for example, then you can enroll in a two-day course where you can effectively manage data-driven projects.
The beauty of taking online courses is that they offer you flexibility in terms of a schedule as well as the ease and convenience of doing the activities in the comforts of your own home. You can choose which classes you like on the dates that are most convenient for you.
Aside from online courses, there are also webinars – usually for free – that you can attend.
2. Enjoy Virtual Concerts
All work and no play can make one a dull boy (or girl). When you already miss going to concerts and other live events, you can still get a dose of phenomenal entertainment through virtual concerts.
There are leading events and entertainment companies that produce and manage live affairs and activities that can still cater to those who live, love, and breathe the entertainment arts. You can go online and subscribe to their website or social media channels to stay abreast of the latest virtual events that will surely rock your world.
In case you need to put together a virtual concert of your own (whether as part of your business or work efforts or perhaps to raise funds for charity), you can also tap the services of such a professional and well-regarded events company. You can rely on their experience and expertise in providing 360° event solutions. Since virtual concerts are relatively new, it would surely help if you leave the producing and managing to the event experts.
3. Go on a Virtual Tour
Aside from watching live events online, you can also indulge your wanderlust by going on a virtual tour. There are plenty of companies and organizations that have opened their virtual doors to the online public.
With travel restrictions and the heightened risks that come with traveling nowadays, it’s fortunate that certain establishments have made it possible to go beyond their walls and have a virtual look into what they offer. Museums such as the world-famous Louvre in Paris and the Guggenheim and Metropolitan Museums in New York have now offered virtual tours.
For kids and kids-at-heart who love theme parks, Disney World, Sea World, Legoland Hotel and Universal Studios are just some of the big names that also give the online public a virtual taste of their rides and attractions.
There are aquariums, zoos, and even a virtual tour of the 3D replica of the Martian surface (thanks to Google and NASA’s partnership) for those who want to experience nature’s beauty even while staying home.
4. Start an Online Business
Staying home can also bring about financial benefits. Put your stellar entrepreneurial idea into action as you create your own online business. With people working shortened hours or having been unfortunately let go as an effect of COVID-19 on the economy, starting your own online venture can be a great idea.
Online stores have mushroomed since the pandemic started. Among these are food, gardening, arts and crafts, and other delivery businesses that somehow address the needs of people who have no access to these items. If you are an excellent baker, for example, you can start an online store where you can sell pastries or any of your baked goods.
Some people also sell their services online, such as graphic artists, writers, or teachers. For instance, if you’re a fitness instructor, you can conduct one-on-one or group classes online. You can also put up your own blog or vlog offering instructional videos on whatever interests you.
Having a lot of free time can work to your advantage. Aside from giving you time to rest and re-energize yourself, you can also use this time to create or grab opportunities that you wouldn’t normally get when you are otherwise occupied.
Whether it is enjoying or staging a virtual concert, joining or conducting an online class, or going on a virtual world tour, there are lessons that can be learned when you want to. Going online is just one of the ways that you can make the best out of every day. All you need to do is decide and choose how to live each day to the fullest.