Top things to do while stuck at home

Are you ready for the staying at home revolution? We’ve researched the top ways to carry on living and working from the comfort of your home.

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Top things to do while stuck at home

BEST WORK FROM HOME

Working from home is becoming an increasingly common reality. With offices being swapped for kitchen tables, meetings exchanged for phone calls and lunch breaks taken on the sofa, it can be hard to find ways to keep up a routine or entertain yourself.

By Imogen Groome | 26th March 2020
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With the spread of coronavirus leading to more and more businesses recommending their staff work remotely, it’s important to find the right tools to make a home working day a success. Whether it’s holding virtual meetings, enjoying downtime with movies and games or getting some online therapy when times are tough, there are plenty of ways to improve daily life – whether you’re in self-isolation, being instructed to work from home for a while or have worked remotely for a while. Here are some of our top tips…

Stay Entertained

Working from home means powering up your laptop, so why not make the most of your breaks by streaming some of the latest TV series and movies? Amazon Prime Video provides a hugely convenient service, as not only will you get access to a huge range of content, other Prime benefits include priority delivery and access to free ebooks. Try out Amazon Originals such as Star Trek: Picard and The Marvelous Mrs Maisel, or browse the constantly expanding movie collection.

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Recently it has been announced that Tokyo 2020 is postponed until the following year, and other major sporting events have been put on hold such as the Premier League, NBA, and Euro 2020.

If you’re missing the thrill of watching your favorite teams on TV or in your local sports bar, then visit ESPN+ to relive some of the most iconic moments in sports history. Face boredom head-on and stream game replays and video highlights directly to your computer, mobile device and TV on ESPN.com. Keep your spirits up by accessing archives of UFC’s greatest fights and more and stay entertained during the pandemic.

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Get Gaming

One activity you can enjoy without going out is gaming, and that’s what G2A specialises in. There’s no need to go out to a store for the latest game, as G2A provides online keys to input once a game is downloaded. From ARK: Survival Evolved to Call of Duty: Black Ops III, browse the latest or most popular titles with ease, whether you’re into RPG, strategy or MMO

games. If you want to send a gift to a friend, there are gift cards available to purchase on the site – so if you can’t make it to a birthday anymore, let them know you care by giving them access to their favourite games!

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Stock Up

Staying protected during a pandemic is essential, and fortunately Amazon works to keep stocks of vital supplies such as hand gel, masks and wipes available. With people buying up stock in stores, sometimes buying online is the best way to go. Keep your hands clean during any essential trips outside, and cover up with a mask to prevent the illness from being transmitted through coughing or sneezing. With Prime, delivery can be the same day or the next day, so your items will be with you in no time.

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Start Investing

With the change in markets in light of the coronavirus crisis, plenty of people are making the most of market volatility. Trading online with TD Ameritrade means you don’t need to wait for the opening bell to get started. With expert insights available to help even the newest of investors navigate the ups and downs of the stock market, you could be cashing in before you know it. The latest financial news is available, alongside top of the range research from third parties and unique social insights from Twitter. 

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Find Love

Online dating becomes even more relevant when you’re spending more time indoors. There’s nothing more exciting than hearing the ping of your phone and knowing you have a new message from a match, so why not try eharmony to browse local singles, find someone with the same interests as you and get chatting? eharmony offers a compatibility test and scientific matching system to assist you with finding the one. Each question helps to connect you with attractive singles who meet your specific dating preferences. Stay connected with eharmony’s free to download mobile app, it is available for both iOS and Android devices.

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Learn Something New

Working from home can bring more benefits than you realise. Why not use what would be your commute time to learn a new skill? With technology becoming increasingly important, stay ahead of the curve and try out some online coding classes. Courses available at Udemy and Codecademy provide bite-size, easy to understand lessons with a wealth of resources and forums for further support. Whether you want to start simple with HTML and learn to build your own site, or go in-depth with a programming language like Python and kick-start a new career, these tools provide a range of courses to suit your needs. If programming isn’t for you, Udemy provides courses in a range of categories, from nutrition and sport to photography and business. Courses are regularly heavily reduced, so grab a bargain now!

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Hold Meetings Remotely

Need to brief your coworkers on an upcoming project? Want to have a chat with a colleague, but don’t know how to get started now you’re working from home? Fortunately, online tools such as GoToMeeting and GoToWebinar let you take care of those essential discussions remotely. Give your meetings a tech boost with desktop sharing and video conferencing – just don’t answer a video call in your PJs! If you want to take a trip outside somewhere for a change of pace, you can even take conference calls on the go with the app. GoToMeeting provides cloud recording so essential meetings can be played back at a later date, while GoToWebinar offers a range of tools – from event management to analytics on key metrics such as number of attendees. 

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Order Some Healthy Food & Meals

Stocking up on the essentials is more important than ever during a pandemic.  If you want to avoid being in crowds at your local store, why not try getting your meals and groceries delivered right to your door? Every week, a new menu of savory offerings for every plan (except Lean & Mean) so you’ll always have a FRESH variety of delicious meals to choose from. Plus, save time & money!

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Refinance Your Mortgage

During uncertain financial times, it can be worth looking into your options in terms of mortgage refinancing. If you’re in the market to see what savings you can get with a refinance, check out the deals Bankrate Mortgage has to offer. Use the search tool to find your ideal match, and view comparison information at a glance to choose the perfect new deal. The site also has a wealth of information on what to look for when choosing a new mortgage setup, making it easy to get informed remotely without the need to book in meetings with experts.

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Earn Extra Cash

Want some passive income but unsure where to start? While you come up with that business idea, why not keep the dollars trickling in by spending a few minutes each day filling in some simple surveys? Sites such as surveytime.io and Vindale Research provide instant rewards for every survey completed. Plus, you can know that your feedback enables some of your favourite brands to improve their services. If you don’t want cash, you can elect for money toward a gift card in your favourite store. 

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Talk to a Psychic

Life is full of questions and they have the answers – learn more about yourself through honest and accurate psychic advisors.

Readings are not required to be formal at all times, especially as the advisors from Keen.com enjoy a good time just like everyone else and aim to offer customers a comfortable and insightful session. Select the type of reading and tools you would like to experience by going through the advisor’s profile, ranging from tarot cards, clairvoyant, medium, etc. You can also choose the delivery of your reading as some psychics can offer a gentle presence, whereas others avoid any “sugar-coating”.

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Written by
Imogen Groome
Imogen is editor-in-chief of Hot5. She is also a lifestyle blogger, author and freelance journalist, with particular interests in music, politics, psychic readings and dating. She is usually found at home with her collection of animals, drinking iced tea. Read more.
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