The question everyone is asking is; how can I maximize my time at home during this temporary COVID-19 “new normal” ? Try a few of these options:
Take the Online New York State defensive driving course: You get a 10% discount for three years on your auto insurance premiums. Groupon has it for $19. Use their online coupon code “SALE3”. It gets you 20% off, bringing the cost down to $15.20. You can start it and stop it and have 30 days to finish the course. AAA, AARP, and a variety of others offer the same course at different prices.
Learn a new language: Babbel’s FREE registration gets you the first lesson on every course for free. If you like it, you can register for $12.95 for one month or a 3-month plan for $26.85. Further discounts available for 6 and 12-month memberships.
Organize your finances: Scan statements digitally, set up hard copy binders, and/or order financial “accordion files” at Staples.com online. They have pre-labeled auto insurance, mutual funds, and retirement tabs for you to file your hard-copy statements.
Take on-line Zoom classes: Take a class on how to “Zoom” if you don’t know-how. I took one last week myself and have started running my own Zoom meetings. Set a goal of how many Zoom classes you take (or run) every week or month and watch your productivity increase dramatically!
Improve your diet: It’s easy to slip into bad eating habits while comfort food is on the rise. Remember, your diet starts at the supermarket or on-line ordering. I find that buying fresh veggies forces me to eat them quickly before they go bad. It’s cheaper to eat healthy which could prevent you from getting sick.
Learn to cook new dishes: Refer to #5. Every meal you cook is one less meal of take-out food. I’m still a work in progress myself, lol. This helps both your body and wallet or purse.
Try to exercise at least every other day: This will help your energy, cardiovascular fitness, and concentration while boosting your metabolism. It’s a healthy part of any routine during this “COVID-Era”.
Go through photos and make an album: Something that people say they’re going to do; however, they never do it.
Positive letter and writing ‘thank you’ notes: You will be amazed at the response you get when writing letters and “thank you” letters to those that have helped you. When is the last time you received a thank you or personal letter in the mail? Try it and let me know what happens.
Read positive books: I suggest choosing positive books at this time; self-help, business start-up, or whatever else you are passionate about. These are good times for introspection.