Okay, I will start with saying that my couch has taken the form of my hips during the last days, as Greece is in Quarantine, like many other places worldwide. You’ve realised yourselves how BORING this is, but I hope you’re not one of those who keep on wandering around instead of following the #stayhome movement that most governments have decided on. So, what can we do to make the most of the time we spend in the “prison” that we call home? I have some FREE ideas!
1. Read for free
Did you know you that you can read almost any book you want for free? Scribd offers a whole month of unlimited access to ebooks and audiobooks with its free trial, but if you sign up through a friend’s recommendation, they give you 2 months instead of just one! So you can sign up through THIS link to get the extra free month!
2. Learn for freeLearn a language: You can use Duolingo , I currently use it to learn Italian!
Watch an online Course and get a free certificate:
FutureLearn : To access the free courses, click on the link, scroll down and use the following as the second filter: “Free digital upgrade”. After you complete a course you’ll gain a certificate for your CV!
Coursera : You knew the courses in Coursera are free, but did you know the certificate can be free as well? I bet no! Well, you can apply for Financial Aid before you enroll to a course on Coursera, and most possibly it will be approved! It takes about two weeks to evaluate your application, so I advice you to start learning before it gets approved. After all, it is almost sure you’ll get the Financial Aid!
Even if you aren’t one of Picasso’s ancestors, there are several sites that offer free colouring pages that you can print and draw, like THIS!
I tried to make something of my own:
4. Virtually Visit a Museum
5. Volunteer Online
I have only discovered Zooniverse where you can be a volunteer by just watching videos of wildlife and giving reports about the animals you notice! I’d love to know more if you can share other opportunities!
7. Make a LinkedIn account
You’d be surprised at how many opportunities you could discover after you join this Networking Social Media and become friends with colleagues and people with similar interests as you!
6. Learn Calligraphy
THIS series of tutorial videos is very helpful and it comes with a printable practice sheet for each lesson, found in the description of the video!
7. Learn how to Code
At Codecademy, I won’t lie coding still scares me and I haven’t tried this one 😂
8. For Travellers
You may not be able to see the world at the moment, but you can download the Places Been app to create a flag map of all the countries you’ve been to, like mine!
9. Cook/ Bake
If you don’t know how, it is time to teach yourself! I highly recommend any chicken or vegetable stir fry recipe, it isn’t very demanding but it is real food!
10. Watch a series or a movie!
I’ve been wanting to watch “YOU” for a while now, this is my chance!
11. Play games
Many of us have dusted consoles at home, or games that only take up space in our computers. I replayed my favourite PC game the other day, “The Curse of Monkey Island”, and I plan to reconnect my PS2 to my TV and and replay my childhood favourite game, “Haven”!
Some other ideas could be: Writing, Gardening, Crocheting, Exercising, Making a bucket list, Quilling, Sunbathing at your yard, Having a bubble bath, Journalling, Skype calls, help people have food by playing THIS game, Playing board games, Making a Puzzle!