Finally, the wait is over. Your parents are going out for a day or two, and you are all alone at home. We can understand that many people don’t know what to do when they are home alone. There is nothing to worry about it. We will help you out.
Spending time with ourselves is one of the best things in the world. With no one around, you can totally be yourself, laugh at yourself, play with yourself and do all those funny things that you might never do when someone is around.
However, your reading this article makes it pretty sure that you would already have gone through a lot of those things in your mind, but you couldn’t find anything good to do when alone at home. Not all of us know the art of taking the maximum advantage of this time. So, here we will share with you seven fun things that you would love to do when you’re home alone.
1. Watch movies.
Yes, we can understand how difficult it becomes to watch movies when your parents are at home. Not all parents are easy-going. So why not utilize this time by watching all those movies you were dying to watch for such a long time? Moreover, this hardly requires any effort; all you need is a laptop and a good Internet connection. Some of free movie websites are on Crackle, Hulu, Vimeo, Leinster, WolowTube, Movie4K, Streaming-Movies, etc. The other way to have fun is even more simpler: Just switch on the TV and watch your favorite shows or movies.
2. Enjoy your own concert.
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Most of us are poor bathroom singers. Alas! No one enjoys our singing. In some cases, the condition is so bad that our family members don’t even allow us to sing even a single song when they are at home. Yes, if you can relate to this, then you’re not alone. But now when you’re alone at home you are free to sing aloud your favorite playlist. Let the hidden talent come out of you. Dance or sing as much as you can. Who knows, maybe these few sessions of singing could give birth to the next Beyonce or Justin Bieber?
3. Call, text or video message a friend.
You were once addicted to your phone, and now your parents have strictly said no to the usage of cell phones. But no need to worry much. Now is the best time when you can talk for long hours to your friends. Make plans for the meeting; discuss the latest talk of the town. The time is even more crucial for the ones in a relationship. When can you get a better opportunity for doing a video chat with your better half?
4. Play video Games.
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If you are a gaming freak, to whom nothing seems more adventurous than playing Counter Strike or Overwatch, then this is the time you will surely love. Being home alone is the best time to play video games. No one will be there to scold you for playing games for long hours. You can also download the latest games from the web on your PC, laptop, Mac or smartphone. You could also live your childhood dream of exploring your brother’s favorite collection of video games. Obviously, in his presence, you would never get a chance to do that.
5. Get your favorite celebrity look.
This is indeed the best thing to do when nobody’s at home. These stunning photos of yours will surely rock your image. Getting the celeb look is something we all would like to experience at least once in our lives. Put on some makeup, wear fabulous clothes, accessorize a lot and let your photo shoot reflect the fun you had. Count on us: your friends are surely going to be jealous of your Rihanna or Madonna look.
Many of you might be the ones who love to study. Believe us, the alone time at home is the best time to finish off all the homework or pending assignments. With no one around, you can concentrate better and can even solve those hard and tedious math problems with much more ease. When your parents get back, surprise them with your sincere efforts. That can even get you some gift or tasty candies from them.
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We totally get it. If you are one of those who loves to sleep for hours. You do not care what is going around in the world and can’t even tolerate someone disturbing you while you are sleeping. All you want is a cozy blanket and a soft pillow, and then you are lost in the world of your beautiful dreams.
Indeed, all of this sounds amusing. So, you now know what to do when your parents are out the next time. (Tho a note of warning: be on the safe side and don’t do anything dangerous.) Do let us know if you have any other fantastic idea. And also, share your amazing ‘home-alone’ experiences with us by commenting in the comments section.
At the start of the year, if you had asked anyone if they could do their work from home, many would have said no. They would have cited the need for team meetings, a place to be able to sit down and get on with their work, the camaraderie of the office, and being able to meet customers and clients face to face.
Almost ten months later, most of us have learned that we can do our work from home and in many ways, we have discovered working from home is a lot better than doing our work in a busy, bustling office environment where we are inundated with distractions and noise.
One of the things the 2020 pandemic has reminded us is we humans are incredibly adaptable. It is one of the strengths of our kind. Yet we have been unknowingly practicing this for years. When we move house we go through enormous upheaval.
When we change jobs, we not only change our work environment but we also change the surrounding people. Humans are adaptable and this adaptability gives us strength.
So, what are the pros and cons of working from home? Below I will share some things I have discovered since I made the change to being predominantly a person who works from home.
Pro #1: A More Relaxed Start to the Day
This one I love. When I had to be at a place of work in the past, I would always set my alarm to give me just enough time to make coffee, take a shower, and change. Mornings always felt like a rush.
Now, I can wake up a little later, make coffee and instead of rushing to get out of the door at a specific time, I can spend ten minutes writing in my journal, reviewing my plan for the day, and start the day in a more relaxed frame of mind.
When you start the day in a relaxed state, you begin more positively. You find you have more clarity and more focus and you are not wasting energy worrying about whether you will be late.
Pro #2: More Quiet, Focused Time = Increased Productivity
One of the biggest difficulties of working in an office is the noise and distractions. If a colleague or boss can see you sat at your desk, you are more approachable. It is easier for them to ask you questions or engage you in meaningless conversations.
Working from home allows you to shut the door and get on with an hour or two of quiet focused work. If you close down your Slack and Email, you avoid the risk of being disturbed and it is amazing how much work you can get done.
An experiment conducted in 2012 found that working from home increased a person’s productivity by 13%, and more recent studies also find significant increases in productivity.
When our productivity increases, the amount of time we need to perform our work decreases, and this means we can spend more time on activities that can bring us closer to our family and friends as well as improve our mental health.
Pro #3: More Control Over Your Day
Without bosses and colleagues watching over us all day, we have a lot more control over what we do. While some work will inevitably be more urgent than others, we still get a lot more choice about what we work on.
We also get more control over where we work. I remember when working in an office, we were given a fixed workstation. Some of these workstations were pleasant with a lot of natural sunlight, but other areas were less pleasant. It was often the luck of the draw whether we find ourselves in a good place to work or not.
By working from home we can choose what work to work on and whether we want to face a window or not. We can get up and move to another place, and we can move from room to room. And if you have a garden, on nice days you could spend a few hours working outside.
Pro #4: You Get to Choose Your Office Environment
While many companies will provide you with a laptop or other equipment to do your work, others will give you an allowance to purchase your equipment. But with furniture such as your chair and desk, you have a lot of freedom.
I have seen a lot of amazing home working spaces with wonderful sets up—better chairs, laptop stands that make working from a laptop much more ergonomic and therefore, better for your neck.
You can also choose your wall art and the little nick-nacks on your desk or table. With all this freedom, you can create a very personal and excellent working environment that is a pleasure to work in. When you are happy doing your work, you will inevitably do better work.
Con #1: We Move a Lot Less
When we commute to a place of work, there is movement involved. Many people commute using public transport, which means walking to the bus stop or train station. Then, there is the movement at lunchtime when we go out to buy our lunch. Working in a place of work requires us to move more.
Unfortunately, working from home naturally causes us to move less and this means we are not burning as many calories as we need to.
Moving is essential to our health and if you are working from home you need to become much more aware of your movement. To ensure you are moving enough, make sure you take your lunch breaks. Get up from your desk and move. Go outside, if you can, and take a walk. And, of course, refrain from regular trips to the refrigerator.
Con #2: Less Human Interaction
One of the nicest things about bringing a group of people together to work is the camaraderie and relationships that are built over time. Working from home takes us away from that human interaction and for many, this can cause a feeling of loss.
Humans are a social species—we need to be with other people. Without that connection, we start to feel lonely and that can lead to mental health issues.
Zoom and Microsoft Teams meeting cannot replace that interaction. Often, the interactions we get at our workplaces are spontaneous. But with video calls, there is nothing spontaneous—most of these calls are prearranged and that’s not spontaneous.
This lack of spontaneous interaction can also reduce a team’s ability to develop creative solutions—there’s just something about a group of incredibly creative people coming together in a room to thrash out ideas together that lends itself to creativity.
While video calls can be useful, they don’t match the connection between a group of people working on a solution together.
Con #3: The Cost of Buying Home Office Equipment
Not all companies are going to provide you with a nice allowance to buy expensive home office equipment. 100% remote companies such as Doist (the creators of Todoist and Twist) provide a $2,000 allowance to all their staff every two years to buy office equipment. Others are not so generous.
This can prove to be expensive for many people to create their ideal work-from-home workspace. Many people must make do with what they already have, and that could mean unsuitable chairs that damage backs and necks.
For a future that will likely involve more flexible working arrangements, companies will need to support their staff in ways that will add additional costs to an already reduced bottom line.
Con #4: Unique Distractions
Not all people have the benefit of being able to afford childcare for young children, and this means they need to balance working and taking care of their kids.
For many parents, being able to go to a workplace gives them time away from the noise and demands of a young family, so they could get on with their work. Working from home removes this and can make doing video calls almost impossible.
To overcome this, where possible, you need to set some boundaries. I know this is not always possible, but it is something you need to try. You should do whatever you can to make sure you have some boundaries between your work life and home life.
Working from home can be hugely beneficial for many people, but it can also bring serious challenges to others.
We are moving towards a new way of working. Therefore, companies need to look at both the pros and cons of working from home and be prepared to support their staff in making this transition. It will not be impossible, but a lot of thought will need to go into it.