The Wuhan coronavirus crisis has caused many of us to cancel trips, and you may not be able to schedule the next one. Yet you have an amazing opportunity to recharge, renew and prepare for your next trip. Here are a few tips for maximizing your time at home while you’re in between travels, whether you regularly take RV trips or take international flights several times a year.
Minimize Your Distractions
This is a great time to get control over your life. Take time to uninstall or hide social media apps that distracted you from the fun activities on your vacation. Go through your email in-box, and unsubscribe from those unnecessary newsletters and notifications. Create a list of things you do every day. Notice what you’re doing that wastes time. You may want to unsubscribe from cute cat video feeds that take you away from getting work done as well as that relaxing afternoon on the beach. On the other hand, you could install apps that help you keep up with items on your to-do list. This can include calendar apps and to-do lists with reminders. Then you won’t worry if you’ve submitted those reports on time.
Get a Better Bed
You could consider getting a new mattress. You’ll literally sleep better on campouts if you get a memory foam mattress for your RV or trailer. Alternatively, you could get a better mattress for your home. The best memory foam mattresses eliminate pressure points while giving you great back support. You can find mattress like these for under $1000. Then you’ll recover from jet lag faster, and you’ll feel better in general.
Get in a Routine
People do best when they have a routine. This schedule doesn’t have to be very strict, but you should have one. For example, you should eat, sleep and workout around the same time every day. A sleep schedule helps you to get enough sleep each night as well as fall asleep faster. Having a routine for chores and work also helps you get these things done. Break the habit of procrastination, because you tend to seek out time-wasters to avoid doing what you don’t want to do.
Determine Your Priorities
Create a list of your top priorities. This could be your health, quality time with the kids, earning more money or furthering your career. This will help you determine which tasks should be completed first each day and what wins when there is a schedule conflict. Then evaluate where you spend your money and how you use your time. Learn to say no to things that don’t fit the schedule or your budget, and don’t feel guilty about it. Don’t waste time on things that don’t add value to your life. This will reduce your stress and improve your productivity.
Multi-Task the Right Way
People cannot effectively multi-task. Don’t try to talk to your boss and compose an email at the same time. You can’t attend online classes and play with the kids. However, it is possible to make the most of your time, if you “multi-task” the right way. Listen to audio books while you’re jogging or driving to work. Go for a walk with the kids so that you get exercise and family time at the same time. Look for dead time in your schedule, and figure out how you can make use of it. Maybe you could use that dead time to catch up on your required reading or those books you’ve always wanted to read.
Get Your House in Order
This could involve cleaning your house. However, it could mean fixing those little annoyances you never had the time to take care of. Fix the leaking faucet. Track down those little leaks in your budget, canceling subscriptions and catching up on bills. Then you won’t have to worry about these things when you’re on your next trip.
An unexpected stint at home should be seen as an opportunity to make needed changes in your life. You’ll get more out of your next vacation and have more time to enjoy the local sights on your next business trip.