8 Productive ways to Spend Time Alone

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Right now is the perfect time to work on yourself and do some self discovery. What are your hopes and dreams? Where do you see yourself in 5, 10 or 20 years? How would you like to spend time alone?

There are so many ways you can choose to spend your alone time. Maybe you want to meditate, go for a run or go shopping. Do something that appeals to you. The last thing you want to be spending your personal time on is things you don’t enjoy.

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Ideas on how to spend time alone

These ideas are just examples, if there’s something you really want to do or enjoy then have it. Do what makes you happy! 🙂

Make a bucket list

Write down things you would like to accomplish in your life time. Maybe you want to write a book, or watch the entire series of The Good Place (so funny, I highly recommend it). Perhaps you would like to travel somewhere special, or try something out of your comfort zone. (Ie singing in public, swimming with sharks, eating escargot).

There is no particular number of aspirations you have to write down. Write down as many or as little as you choose. As you complete an aspiration then cross it off.

Continuing adding to your list as new desires pop up. Don’t be afraid of adding to little ortooo many. This is completely personal preference.

Organize your closet

It’s a great time to give future you a hand and sort out your closet you’ve been meaning to organize for quite a while now. Try on clothes, put aside what doesn’t fit or you just don’t enjoy anymore. Pack up your seasonal stuff that’s not suitable for the current weather or if you’re feeling really ambitious you could sort your socks. I find this oddly calming. Lol.

Try matching a couple outfits so they are ready and quick to grab in a pinch.

Jenni has a fabulous post on how to “shop your closet“.

Practice self care

Self care can be anything from bubble baths, doing “>skincare or catching up on some reading, (“>kobo usually has a lot of great “>ebooks on sale) to doing daily non glamorous self care such as dishes and laundry or budgeting. If you feel the need to spend time doing something “physical” then try an at home workout, yoga, scrubbing your floors or bath tub.

If you feel like you need to zone out then try reading, watching something funny or listening to some of your favorite music.

Spend time cleaning out your inbox

I know I’ve suggested this one before, but it is incredible how quickly emails can just pile up. Delete all the ones you no longer need, clean out your spam and junk folder. Create different folders to help keep your emails organized. Such as a work folder, one for online purchases, funny emails incase you need a laugh.

Spend time organizing your bookshelf

If you are anything like me then your bookshelf looks like the books were just thrown on it. I use to have beautiful bookshelves, now I only have one bookcase and it looks disastrous. Look on Pinterest or YouTube for different fun ways to organize it. Get creative, it’s your bookshelf, make it appealing to you.

There are a plethora of ways you can choose to organize your bookself(ves). Spend some time alone looking up ideas. Perhaps you love the look of “rainbow” shelves. Or if you’re like me then organizing them alphabetically appeals to you.

Whatever you choose make it something you personally will enjoy.

Clean up your spice drawer/rack

It is extremely irritating being in the middle of cooking or baking and not being able to find the spice you need. Don’t give yourself that added stress. Take the time to go through your spices, toss any ones that are old or not something you enjoy.

Put your favorite and most used spices front and center so that they are easily accessible for when you need them. Check the texture and consistency of your spices, they wont last forever. If they are old they tend to have less flavor or a very unappealing flavor.

Create a meal list

This may be “old school” but floundering for meal ideas then ordering take out won’t be sustainable. You don’t need to have a gourmet list. Just some meal ideas you/your family enjoy eating. If you’re looking for something quick and easy toast and beans fits the bill. Salad, Kraft dinner and hotdogs, soup, stirfry. There are quick and easy options available that wont have you blowing your food budget.

Having a menu of favorite or easy go-to meals can also save you a lot of money. Take out is not cheap and if it is, it’s probably not something you really want to have in your body.

My rule of thumb:”cheap is not always better”.

If you’re looking for cheaper food options I highly recommend shopping the sales at your local grocery store. For fruits, veggies and meat the sale items have a higher turnover rate so you are most likely getting fresher food.

In the case of veggies, canned and frozen are also fantastic and cheaper options than fresh. They still contain the same nutritional value. If you choose canned make sure to rinse the veggies off before you eat them. If you aren’t buying low sodium or no sodium they usually contain a lot of salt. Most of that salt can be quickly rinsed off.

Make yourself laugh

Yes, laughing is actually healthy for you. Take some time to read some funny jokes, or look up cute/funny videos on YouTube. (Baby panda sneezing or goat yelling at human are a favorite of mine).

There is plenty of benefits to laughing. First off it’s contagious. So it can help to ease tense situations and lighten the mood. It also brings people to you. It makes you come off as being more approachable. Also, is it possible to be mad while you’re laughing?

Final thoughts

I would like to point out that you don’t have to always be productive. It is perfectly fine to sit around all day in your pajamas with your coffee that is fooling no one. Listen to your favorite music, binge a series on Netflix or Disney+ (I suggest The Mandalorian if you haven’t seen it, also The Emporers New Groove).

We all cope differently and that’s okay. Do what feels right for you. Spend time alone however you like.

Let me know how you are holding up down in the comments below. Do you have a favorite productive activity? If so let me know what it is.

Till next time,

Tanya xoxo

57 thoughts on “8 Productive ways to Spend Time Alone”

  1. These are great ideas! I spent some time at the weekend sorting out kitchen cupboards and it does make life so much easier when it comes to cooking. Making time for self-care is so important, I always love watching amusing vids on Youtube and that goat yelling is so funny! Thanks for sharing, hope you have a lovely week ❤ xx

    Bexa | http://www.hellobexa.com

  2. I definitely need to go through my inbox lol. Or delete some pictures off my phone. Thanks for the reminder!

    1. I did that yesterday. I had a lot of “accidental photos” haha. Basically just a blur

    1. Oh goodness! Lol. You definitely deserve a break. There’s no shame in sleeping. If you’re tired tap a nap <3

  3. This is a great list! I love the mix of organization, self-care, and creating happiness. There’s so much you can do with a little time to yourself!

  4. I think the first thing I would do after reading your blog is to write a bucket list. Write down dreams that scares me and watch it all work out. You have really great tips 💜

  5. These are great ideas! I love the making yourself laugh tips. I try to watch funny videos sometimes when I’m feeling down and it always helps!

    1. Ya, I had a inbox like that as well. It felt oddly freeing to clear out all the rubbish emails. 😉

    1. I am happy to help. Just focus on something you enjoy doing. Whether it’s watching TV, sorting your spices, tackling your closet. 😉

  6. These are some great ideas. I have been getting ahead of my blogging work in between going to work and I definitely feel a lot more organised and relaxed about my blog content for the month. Ready for stationery week in a week or so time x

  7. What great ideas! I have been thinking about creating a bucket list for several months now and I haven’t gotten around to it because I can only think of a couple item and I always felt it wasn’t worth it if the list wasn’t long. But you know what, I’m going to make my bucket list anyway, even if it is short.

    1. I say go fit it Sarah! A buck list doesn’t have to have a minimum amount of things listed.

  8. I absolutely love this!! These are all such great ideas and I’m currently doing some decluttering now. It’s such a good feeling! And I keep forgetting to practice self-care, so thank you for the reminder! ❤

    Emily | http://www.thatweirdgirllife.com

    1. I’m always happy to help Emily ;-). Decluttering is one of my favorite things to do right now. Lol

  9. We should definitely know how to make most of the time spent alone because I feel like that it makes the time spent with others more beautiful! Loved your tips ☕

  10. Great list! I need to start a bucket list. I’ve thought about it before, but never actually did it.

  11. Thanks for the tips! I’ve definitely written out my bucket list. I also took some time to rewrite my goals recently since 2020 came with a lot of surprises! I’ve also been spending a lot more time reading and writing.

    1. Surprises is a good way to put it. Haha. I have also been doing a lot more reading. I’ve found I’m just inhaling a lot of books this year 🙂

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