Lately, we’ve all been dealing with some adjustments to our every-day lives in the wake of the global COVID-19 pandemic. With schools, businesses, gatherings, and many places of work shut down, we’ve been tasked with staying home and practicing physical distancing to help “flatten the curve” and slow the spread of the virus.

Especially with classes adjourned and many career or educational aspirations on pause, you may feel like you’ve been forced to take a step back from the positive trajectory you were on. While you are doing the right thing, this list can help to identify the little things you can still achieve, control, and channel your energy into some positive, isolation-friendly adulting.

First, let’s ask the experts. A simple definition of the term:

Adulting: (noun) – “The practice of behaving in a way characteristic of a responsible adult, especially the accomplishment of mundane but necessary tasks.”

Mundane but necessary tasks, you say? While we don’t love them, there is a world of benefit if we face things head-on, especially in these stressful times.

1. Organize your closet

There is a fine line between a rapidly expanding black-hole and your bedroom closet, and now’s the time to conquer the clutter. In your day-to-day life, it’s easy for things to pile up, accumulate, and gather dust, so what better time to tackle it? Here are some great tips on how to methodically organize (hint: not tidy!) your closet for good.

 

2. Clean your car

On a scale of “old chicken nugget box chauffeur” to spotless… how clean is your vehicle? Even just cleaning some old french-fries off the floor and wiping down the dashboard and console goes a long way. Use an old t-shirt and a warm soapy bucket of water to tackle your ride. Don’t have a vehicle? Apply a similar practice to your bedroom…and don’t forget about those french fries.

 

3. Make a donation pile

Donating used items that you no longer utilize can help motivate you to let go. But we say pile, for a reason! Unfortunately, many donation hubs are not currently equipped to deal with the potential spread of the virus so some are asking that you hold off on donating until after the crisis is under control. That doesn’t mean you can’t preemptively start sorting through things and find a temporary spot (with some of that room you made organizing your closet!) to store a couple of garbage bags with the washed items in good condition you are hoping to donate.

 

When donations can resume, here’s a comprehensive list of organizations in Calgary that typically accept them.

 

4. Organize your hard drive

This is some equally important cleaning in the digital realm that perhaps you’ve had to put off during the school year. Backing up files, deleting unnecessary downloads, and creating new folders and organizing items into file structures can be super satisfying and helpful to your future productivity!

 

5. Rediscover old photos

While you’re organizing, why not jump into the endless sea of photos on your phone? It’s so easy to lose track of precious memories when we accumulate new photos at such an extensive rate. Take some time to sort through some of your old galleries with a purpose. Choose a family member or friend, and go through your phone or computer to create a slideshow to share with them. Not only will this be a trip down memory lane, but it breathes new life into old forgotten shots, and will likely bring some joy into that person’s day during this uncertain time. (bonus adult points if you delete unneeded or blurry photos and free up gigabytes of new space!)

 

6. Do your taxes

Since the Government of Canada has extended tax deadlines to June 1st, this is a great time to sit down and get those taxes done! Visit Saitsa.com/taxes for some information about where to start. Although Saitsa’s Community Volunteer Income Tax Program is closed for the year, this page provides links to self-serve online tax programs, FAQs, and other helpful and informative tax resources!

 

7. Make a routine

Isolating at home, and being in life-limbo for the foreseeable future might have you feeling a bit sluggish. Disrupted eating and sleeping habits and a lack of physical activity may be creeping in to replace your regular activities. Give yourself a little extra push to create a routine during this time, and it could help boost your outlook, mental health, productivity, and physical health. Getting up at the same time, scheduling breaks for meals, setting aside separate time for leisure and work, can all contribute to a more structured (and fulfilling) day.

 

8. Meal prep

Making food ahead of time can be a great way to fuel the motivation to eat healthier, regular meals. Although it can be daunting at first, prepping meals can be a great opportunity to try out new recipes and feel accomplished at the beginning of your week. It saves you loads of time throughout the day, and will help you stick to that routine!

 

9. Plan for the future

Okay, so on the surface, we all might feel a little doubtful about this one. Planning for the future might technically be a little hard to do right now, but let’s step back and see what areas of our life we can plan, or at the very least dream about! Thinking ahead, no matter how small, can help ignite some hope, and reduce the anxiety we feel about the things we cannot control.

  • Make a grocery list – here’s to starting simple!
  • Schedule calls with friends and family – set alarms so you remember
  • Research your ideal vacation – for that some-day-getaway
  • Create a vision board for your future goals – points for crafting!
  • Start planning your bucket list – because…why not?