33 Productive Things You Can Do in Lockdown This Weekend to Keep the Boredom at Bay

Activities during lockdown

As yet another weekend in lockdown looms ahead of me, I — like many others living with restrictions — am wondering what the heck I’m going to do. How am I going to fill up yet another obligation-free 48 hours?

It’s daunting, to say the least. But then, as the overpowering optimist in me takes over, I realise it’s pretty exciting, too. When else can you not feel guilty for not doing all the things you don’t want to do, and finally feel free to do whatever it is you do?

Weekends in lockdown really are a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for you to be away from your usual distractions, and to learn more about yourself by trying something new. And who knows — that thing might even become your new favourite hobby.

So, that said, here are 33 activities to try this weekend. Sure, some you may have done before but since forgotten about, but others, like writing a letter to your future self or joining a virtual Escape Room, are ones you might never have thought of.

It goes without saying that you should always check and abide by lockdown restrictions in your state.

Deep-clean and organise your pantry

Learn your love language

Enrol in an online course

Coursera and edX offer free online courses.

Go to the driving range or play a game of golf

Sage cleanse your room or home

Try a morning or evening meditation

Look into your ancestry

Start by visiting sites Ancestry Australia, Find My Past and Australia Genealogy.

Join a virtual Escape Room

Work up a sweat in an online Yoga or Pilates class

Challenge a friend on a word game app

Try ScrabbleGO or Words with Friends.

Hire a kayak or stand-up paddleboard

Start a Pinterest board of home design inspiration

Write a letter to your future self

Website FutureMe will deliver it to you in one, three or five years time.

Have a themed movie marathon

Take up knitting or sew missing buttons

Learn a new language

Download apps Duolingo, Babbel or Memrise.

Clean out and then organise your closet

Play a game of tennis

Journal your emotions

Cut and replant any houseplants

Walk barefoot outside

…if possible, of course.

Soak in a long bubble bath

Read a personal development book

How To Win Friends And Influence People by Dale Carnegie, The Power Of Now by Eckhart Tolle and The 4-Hour Work Week are some of the most well-known.

Set a goal list for your career or well-being

Learn to play a new instrument

Delete photos from your phone’s camera roll

Stretch until you can touch your toes

Make a mug or vase with a pottery kit

Try clay kits from Crockd, Clay Sydney or Journey of Something.

Experiment with (and drink) cocktails

If you live with housemates, do a pub crawl with each room as a different ‘bar’

…challenge them to a four-ingredient cook-off

Build a LEGO set

Check-in with a mental health professional

Try Lifeline on 13 11 14, Beyond Blue on 1300 224 636 or Headspace on 1800 650 890.

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