As a result of COVID-19, and with an increased number of people now working from home, we want to share some fun things you can do to make sure you have the break you deserve, spend the time wisely and don’t get caught up with “working lunches”.

If working 9 – 5 is your thing, then you are probably used to a 30 minute break, so here is Goodwille’s list of “Fun things you can do in 30 minutes”, which doesn’t involve scrolling social media, watching television, or reading about the end of the world.

10 – Take Up Doodling

Whether you think you’re creative or not, everyone loves to doodle. You don’t have to be the next Picasso to put pen to paper, but if you are, then get out the pens, the paper, the apron, easel, the lot. Doodling, drawing, sketching or painting is a great way to switch off, and who knows, you might just find your hidden talent.

9 – Reorganise the Freezer

It might not sound fun, but nothing will make you happier than being able to open the freezer drawer smoothly. Pop a clip on the frozen peas, throw out any of the old stuff, and relax into your afternoon knowing that opening the freezer drawers will be smoother than a warm knife cutting through butter.

8 – Make Time For The People You Care About

Whether they live with you, or if you call them via Facetime, now is a perfect time to connect and make time to speak to your nearest and dearest, as the likelihood is, they also have time on their hands, and they are probably missing you. Take the time to reconnect with the people you’ve been meaning to speak to.   

7 – Read A Book

Get engrossed in something that isn’t the latest Netflix series and let the imagination run wild with a good book. Get a selection of the bestsellers delivered to your door (contactless delivery preferable), then throw yourself on the sofa, relax and find a book that you just can’t put down!

6 – Start Puzzling

Pick up a 500 piece puzzle, or if you have plenty of time, try a 1,000 piece one. I guarantee everyone will say ‘what have you bought that for’, but once you get started, they won’t be able to stay away. You’ll find them bringing you hot drinks unexpectedly, just so they can smugly slot in another piece! It’s a great way to bring everyone you live with together.

5 – Start Cooking Quick & Easy Meals

The internet is full of quick and easy meals, and it will give you chance to use up many things that are left over in the cupboards. If you’re used to grabbing sandwiches and a packet of crisps, now’s your chance to expand your horizons and enjoy something a little more, let’s say, exciting?

4 – Learn Something New

There has not been a better time to learn something new than now! Get online and buy whatever it is you’ve been thinking about learning. Whether it be an electric guitar, a digeridoo or learning a new language, you’ll have some spare time on your hands right now and for the foreseeable future. Kick back, relax and start teaching your brain something that you’ve always only dreamt about learning.  

3 – Pet Your Dog

Possibly the easiest one on the list, if you have a dog that is. But if you do, pick them up, tell him he’s a good boy, cuddle him, whisper in his ear and tell him how much you love working at home with him. Tickle his tummy, feed him treats, get him to do tricks, and tell him again how much you love him. Spend 5 minutes chasing him round the house and he will love you forever. Warning: This is possibly the easiest way to spend 30minutes. Keep track of time here!

2 – Exercise, or Take Up Yoga

Switching off is important when you’re stuck indoors, and exercising is a great way to do it. Houses are often full of sweet temptations, and we have no doubt that your stepometer is not what it used to be. Download an exercise or yoga app and find the inner fitness freak that’s been waiting to break free for years.

1 – Research Things To Do When You’re Allowed Back Out

Whilst many of us are disappointed that we have had our holidays & summer plans cancelled unexpectedly, there is no better time to start planning and dreaming about that break, for when you are allowed back out. Start thinking about the new you and look at things you might not otherwise have considered. Jump out of a plane, get muddy at a festival and start planning life after COVID-19.

When working from home it’s important that you take time away from the screen, so we hope you enjoy our top 10 tips of things you can do during your breaks whilst working from home!