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In Between Travel: Maximizing Your Time at Home
The coronavirus crisis has caused many of us to cancel trips, and you may not be able to schedule the next one just yet. However, 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 may distract you from the fun activities on your vacation. Go through your email inbox, and unsubscribe from those unnecessary newsletters and notifications.
You could also create a list of things you do every day. Try to 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 apps with reminders.
Get a Better Bed
It’s also very important to be able to recharge your batteries once you get home. If your mattress is close to the end of its lifespan, you could consider buying a new one. A memory foam mattress, for instance, can eliminate pressure points while giving you great back support.
They are much cheaper than they used to be as well. As a matter of fact, you can find mattresses like these for under $1000 when you know where to look. They’ll help you recover from jet lag faster, making you feel better in general.
Get in a Routine
Most people dare at their 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 work out 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. Also, try to break the habit of procrastination.
Determine Your Priorities
You should also 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.
You should also 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 either. Doing this will reduce your stress and improve your productivity.
Multi-Task the Right Way
A lot of people have trouble with multitasking. However, it is possible to make the most of your time, if you “multi-task” the right way.
Listen to audiobooks 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.
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.
Ashley Hubbard is a blogger and freelance writer based in Nashville, Tennessee focusing on sustainability, travel, veganism, mental health, and more. Passionate about animal rights, sustainable travel, and social impact, she seeks out ethical experiences whether at home or on the road. She shares these experiences on her website, wild-hearted.com.
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