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5 Ways To Keep Yourself Busy This Week

By Urban List Writers
23rd Mar 2020


It’s that time of the week where we’d usually give you the best of the best in Melbourne’s diverse cultural happenings, but this week (and most likely into the months ahead), we’re taking a slightly different approach. 

With the recommendation to practise social distancing, we need to be realistic—and responsible—in our recommendations to you. We’re still going to share the things that are going ahead in our city when we feel appropriate, but you should always keep yourself, your wellbeing, and those around you as number one priority.

As you may have seen, the Victorian Government has recently announced new lockdown laws, you can also keep up to date with the latest on the situation through the Victorian State Government here. In the meantime, take a look at some of the ways you can live your best life while still staying safe. 

Upskill online

There are plenty of free tutorials and courses tucked away in the world wide web, a simple “free tutorial on <insert interest here>’ search will yield plenty of results. To get you started, why not dive into coding and web development basics over at Codecademy? Or download iTunesU (Apple users only, obviously) for a world of free learnings.

Upskilling doesn't always have to relate to your career, though. The world is full of new things to learn and new ways to keep your brain active; you could take up macrame, ginger beer brewing or even tie-dying—check out these activities and more that can be delivered to you right now.

Otherwise, if you just feel like good ol' fashioned reading, the State Library of Victoria have over 19,000 non-fiction ebooks you can work through at your leisure. Find out more here.

Get fit

Okay, the gym or group cardio may not be your best option for the time being, but there are plenty of ways to exercise by yourself or around the home, and it’s also a great way to keep you motivated for a big day ahead if you’re working from home. Get started with these killer YouTube workouts and learn how to keep your immune system running at peak performance here.

Go on that streaming binge

Now is the perfect time to start chipping away at your IMDB watchlist (our Melbourne Editor has 400+ titles in his). Free and paid streaming services are in abundance these days, so you’re spoilt for choice no matter your taste. However, if you need a little help to find your couch groove, get started with our Netflix recommendations here, our top picks for Stan here, or take a look at these seven docos off the back of International Women’s Day.

The last few weeks have also seen some less conventional streaming come out of the woodwork. For example, Happy Melon Studios is live streaming free guided meditation at 8:45am weekdays on their Instagram, while Small Time TV is hosting regular gigs with local musicians performing over the coming weeks.

Take care of personal and professional life admin

Personal or professional, we’ve all got goals we’ve been pushing aside, because, life, right? There’ll likely be some downtime in your schedule, so make the most of it and put some plans into action. Our Career & Money section is a great place to start if you’re on that career grind, but simple things like writing to-do lists for right now, tomorrow, this month and this year are great ways to get you thinking, too.

Stay motivated, and stay informed

Many industries are recommending employees work from home, and that can be tough if you’re not accustomed to that art of waking up in your ‘office’. So follow your usual morning routine; have that shower, make your brekkie, give your housemate a (virtual) hi-five and then take a seat at whatever your ‘desk’ looks like. For more tips on working from home, check this out.

If you need some affirmation for all that hard work, there are plenty of ways to reward yourself. For example, some of Melbourne's most loved restaurants are now delivering their most beloved dishes, like Supernormal's lobster roll—check out the list here.

It’s also worth keeping informed on the situation that’s changing daily. Check your sources, be pragmatic and employ a little common sense so that we can hit the ground running when regular programming resumes.

For everything else to do in Melbourne right now, head to our Things To Do section.

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