Hello Planning Mashers,
Some pretty hard times are upon us and staying at home all day long every day can get pretty boring and even depressing. But it doesn’t have to be that way!
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As medical staff and others real-life heroes at the forefront of fighting Covid-19 put themselves in daily danger for us, the best we can do in return is to stay home and be safe.
It sounds easier than it is though. If staying at home is ok for the first few days, it gets more and more challenging as time passes.
I’m sort of a homesitter and an introvert myself, so I LOVE staying at home and quietly working on my own things. But these days, all I can think of is going out for dinner or a walk in the park.
I bet you can relate to this! There is only that much Netflix you can watch before it gets boring and social isolation starts getting to you.
But I’m here to tell you that things don’t have to feel that bad. In these hard times, we should try to keep positive and look at the bright side of things.
Staying at home can be a great way to work on things that you’ve been delaying to do for a while. Here I gathered tons of ideas and resources to keep you entertained and occupied while we are fighting this scary virus, as well as share some free resources.
Get ready to get out of your slump and start enjoying your home life once again with these ideas and resources.
Free Online Education – Skillshare
First of all, this is a great way for you to learn a new skill or maybe just work on improving your existing skills.
My favorite place to do it is Skillshare – an educational platform that provides thousands of classes on any topic possible!
And if you use this link you can get 2 weeks of Skillshare for free, with access to ALL their classes. That’s already enough content to keep you busy!
Since you’re here, you’re probably into all the artsy classes, so here are some of my favorites.
Lettering Layouts: Create Beautiful Messages
Hand Lettering Essentials For Beginners
The Golden Secrets of Hand-Lettering: Create the Perfect Postcard
A Comprehensive Guide to Hand Lettering: Creating Graphic and Script Styles
Botanical Line Drawing
The Art Of Doodling
Creative Ideas To Improve Your Drawing Skills
Pen And Ink Illustration
Watercolor: 10 Easy Projects Anyone Can Paint
Anyone Can Watercolor: The Basics for Creating Magical Pieces
Easy Doodling & Painting Fun! Create Gorgeous Botanical & Floral Illustrations in Watercolor & Ink
Fun & Loose Watercolor Florals, Leaves, & Butterflies
Modern Watercolor Florals: 3 Ways
Watercolor Magic: The Basics of Color Mixing and Color Harmony
How To Design and Create Digital Planner
Digital Illustration: Doodles to Designs
Into To IPad Lettering
Don’t be fooled though, this platform has more than just artsy classes – you can learn here pretty much anything you can think of.
Just be sure to use this link to get your 2 weeks FREE.
Special Offers From Online Creators
I love online creators – they really unite people in little families and you can always feel their love and care. They, of course, didn’t abandon us in this situation either and are constantly creating tons of free offers to make sure we feel like a part of a community and stay sane.
I gathered several of these offers here, so be sure to check them out, join their wonderful communities and support them back. Your favorite only creators need you more than ever these days!
Free Basic Modern Calligraphy mini-class from Archer and Olive
Brit+ Co Free Access to all their classes with code SELFCARE (valid until March 31)
Free Lettering Webinar by Little Coffee Fox (already took place, but available in the recording)
Pay What You Can for all digital products from Little Coffee Fox
Intro Into Digital Lettering by Loveleign Loops (no special offer, but the life classes they recorded in their Facebook group)
Ryder Carroll (the person behind the Bullet Journal method) is organizing daily writing sessions on his Instagram account)
If you know of some other classes that are being offered – let me know in the comments, I’d love to add them to the list!
Be sure to follow the big brands you like as well since they also come up with awesome deals from time to time.
Tombow had free access to all their courses for one day, and you can get free access to all Chameleon classes if you use code CREATIVE-COMMUNITY-FREE.
This might be a good time to stock up on your art supplies or maybe just shop for some new crafty items you always wanted to check out.
Try not to go to actual stores though, let’s all stay safe! But if store deliveries are still available where you live, use this chance to save up a bit and make sure you have some crafty stuff to do.
As you might know, I got stranded in the USA after PlannerCon without any supplies whatsoever, and this has helped me immensely! I thought I’ll go crazy!
Michaels has some amazing sales at the moment, including almost 50% off all on Tombow Dual Brush Pen sets!
Be sure to check your usual shopping places and I’m sure you’ll be able to find some great deals.
YouTube is a great resource of entertainment and free education. In times like this, you can use it to learn something new and also support your favorite creators, who, again, are gonna need your support greatly in these difficult times.
I thought I’d mention below some of my favorite YouTube channels that I’m sure you’d enjoy as well. Yes, most of them are Bullet Journal related.
First, of course, let me mention my own channel – Masha Plans. Unfortunately, now that I’m cut out of all my equipment and stranded in the USA I can’t create any new videos, but I already have quite a database so you could check some of my older ones.
Believe it or not, that helps A LOT, so please do so. And if you enjoy the content, please, Like, Share and Subscribe!
Plus I’m still working through my Planner Con footage and this is something that will be coming up pretty soon! There is going to be A LOT of stationery there!
Here are some other creators I love and support on YouTube:
Plant Based Bride
My Inner Creative
Erin Floto Designs
Archer and Olive
Nobody canceled reading, right? I bet you have tons of books you always wanted to read but never actually had the time
Well, the time is now!
Get your Audible membership and a free book with your 30 days of a trial if you’re into audiobooks. I definitely am, it always reminds me of story time from my grandpa when I was little.
If you’re more a reading type – join Kindle Unlimited. You can get a 30-day trial and read on any device you own!
Here are some of the books I’m trying to catch up on, most of them are productivity and self-help books since I feel like now is the best time to work on that.
The Life-Changing Magic Of Tidying Up By Marie Kondo
The Power Of Self-Discipline By Brian Tracy
You Are A Badass: How to Stop Doubting Your Greatness and Live an Awesome Life By Jen Sincero
100 Days To Brave By Annie Downs
The Happiness Advantage By Shawn Anchor
Top Five Regrets Of The Dying By Bronnie Ware
Big Magic By Elizabeth Gilbert
Tribes By Seth Godin
This whole situation might be the best time to work on your Bullet Journal.
There are so many things you can try and experiment with:
- try new pages
- try new productivity techniques
- rethink what you need from your planner
- reread The Bullet Journal Method to help you get even more form your Bullet Journal
- try a new style
- try using new materials in your journal
To give you some ideas check out these posts:
300+ Bullet Journal Page Ideas
23 Self Care Bullet Journal Pages
31 Fun Pages To Try In Your Bullet Journal
Bullet Journal Weekly Spreads To Increase Productivity
7 Ways To Be More Productive With Your Bullet Journal
Things To Do
Finally, here are some ideas on how you can fill out your free time while you’re locked in the house.
It’s time to be creative with what you do and how you connect with people and I hope some of these ideas will inspire you and help you create happier days for yourself.
Who said games are for kids? Anyone can play games and it can also be a great way to connect with your family. And loved ones.
Play console or mobile games that allow you to play with others – it’s a fun way to pass time and will help you feel more connected.
There are many online computer games that also can help you create a feeling of community.
Finally, if you’re not alone – add a game night with your family or roommates to your weekly schedule.
It’s a perfect time to unleash your creativity and try some new things!
Participate in challenges – enter a doodling challenge, or challenge yourself to work on a new medium for 100 days, or maybe work on a new skill, such as lettering or floral doodles.
Use rarely used materials – I bet you have tons of supplies in your collection, but do you use them all? I have some pens I haven’t touched since I bought them. Now that you’re at home and have more time on your hands – challenge yourself to create something with the supplies you haven’t used in a while.
Create some house decor – work on a big lettering piece or watercolor project to use it as a decoration for your house. It’s something I personally wanted to do for a while, but I never seemed to have time for it, except for now I guess.
Try adult coloring – it’s a fun way to spend time, to get distracted and it can be very therapeutic and calming. It sounds like something we really need in these difficult times.
Writing is a very therapeutic thing and it might be exactly what you need. I’m doing it right now and I love it! Plus it’s just another creative thing you might want to try and who knows, maybe it’ll become your next big passion.
Write morning pages – it’s a great way to start your work and unload your worries. When you wake up just sit with a notebook and start writing whatever is floating in your head. You can also find some amazing ideas if you do freewriting like that.
Write a book or short story – why not try a writer’s hat for once? It might be something you’ll end up enjoying a lot! I’m doing quite a lot of writing myself, both for my blog and for another little secret project.
Speaking of blog – start a blog! It might be a very fun thing for you to do blogging. It’s a great way to structure and share your thoughts. Maybe you have some stories in you, want to share your experiences or just teach people how to bake your soon-to-be-world-famous brownies. This could be a great time to give it a try!
Start a Bullet Journal – in case you don’t have one, now might be the perfect time to start it. You have all the time to experiment, find your style and a perfect system for you.
Create a list of 100. It’s a pretty simple technique – choose a topic and create a list of 100 things related to it. Like 100 ways to be more productive or 100 ways to bring my business to the next level. Let your creativity flow and just write the ideas as they come to you. Push through and among the silly things you’ll find some gems to help you make that next big step.
How many things do you have to do in the house that you just never find time to? And I totally get it – you work full time and come back home tired, and it feels so wasteful so spend the weekend on cleaning instead of having some rest and fun time with friends.
Well, this situation we are in now is kind of perfect for you to catch up on all of these chores.
Clean out and organize your garage. Deep clean the house. Do any repairs you have. Declutter. Reorganize your pantry.
It also is a great time to work on your work and crafting space – maybe it’s time to organize all your pens by color like you’re been dreaming to do for a while.
You need the time for yourself, you need to make sure you’re healthy and mentally strong for yourself and your loved ones. The fact that we are now all on a lockdown allows for that extra time we never had to spend on ourselves.
Here are several simple self-care ideas that you can easily do at home:
- Take a bath
- Try online therapy
- Do some yoga with an app or a YouTube video
Finally in this isolation, it’s important to stay connected to the people you love and the world outside. Thankfully the modern technology allows for creating connections even when you’re so far away.
Here are a few ideas you might consider:
- Call the loved ones
- Use facetime to video chat
- Create a virtual book club and discuss what you read in chats
- Have lunch with your friends – stay at home and connect with them during lunchtime via Zoom or other services like that, so you can all eat and chat together
There is a lot of uncertainty with what will happen next, and we can’t control that. What we can do is control how we deal with it, so let’s stay strong, be kind and look at the bright side! Isolation can be tough but we can turn it into something positive with all of these ideas.
What are you doing while staying in quarantine? Share with us your favorite activities in the comments. And please stay safe and away from dangerous crowds! I’m rooting for each and every single one of you wonderful people who visit my blog and your families!
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And remember: Keep Bullet Journaling and Don’t Be A Blob! Especially not now!