39 Productive Things to do in Lockdown


Written by Hayley Biggs

Well here we are, another lockdown. ūüôÉ

We all know, perhaps too well by now, the impact of spending hours indoors. It can become a long old drag if we don’t keep ourselves busy and use the time wisely.

Here at the Thriving Box Co. we like to think of isolation as a mini-break from the world; giving everyone time to recharge, rejuvenate and refresh from the daily grind of life. But if you're struggling to use this time to relax, we've got you covered.

Hold on tight as we take you through 40 boredom-busting, fidget-fighting activities to up your isolation game...

1. Start a boot camp  

Research online for indoor exercises and schedule a workout plan for the month. There are tonnes of websites which will tell you effective moves to do at home and wanna know the best bit? You don’t have to spend a penny. 

Woman exercising 

2. Learn to play an instrument 

This doesn't mean hours of practice. As little as 30 mins a day will help improve your skills and allow you to see progress. Please apologise to your neighbours on our behalf.

3. Explore the British Museum 

Explore the wonders of history right from your laptop at the British Museum! The best thing is there’s not a train or a tourist in sight. Go to their website to start exploring, you’ll feel like a cultured genius by time lockdown is over.  

4. Become a culinary wizard 

It’s time to dust off your apron and look out the Jamie Oliver cookbooks. You’ve got all the time in the world, so why not brush up on your culinary skills and start cooking. Your friends and family will love you for it.

5. Take up gardening

We want you to become the next Alan Titchmarsh. Just kidding. But seriously, get your shovel out and make your garden look beautiful! It’s productive and can even boost your immune system. We call this a double whammy in terms of productivity.  

small herbs and plants

6. Start your own business 

Use the time in lockdown or isolation to finally focus on your passions. Whatever it is, make a business plan and start selling. Even if it’s just a side hustle, you could make some extra cash, stay focussed and get on track to achieving your goals.

7. Do some freelance work 

If you can do your job online (e.g. marketing, sales, admin or designing), the chances of you getting paid freelance work are pretty high. Head over to People Per Hour or Upwork where you can find hundreds of paid projects to get your teeth stuck into. 

8. Clean, clean, clean 

We don’t just mean doing a quick hoover of your living room here and there. We want you to go full Kim Woodburn on us. Don your rubber gloves and make your space sparkle. This will do wonders for your mental wellbeing and you’ll feel super productive. A clean house makes a clear mind. 

cleaning spray

9. Send a gift box to someone you love or care about 

Complete your kind act of the day by sending your friend or relative a luxury care package! Thriving Box Co. offers bespoke gift boxes with locally sourced treats which are hard to find yourself. Let them build you a delightful box of goodies and send them over to someone you love.

10. Get your knits out grandma 

No disrespect to any grandmas out there. We love getting crafty and think you should too. Knitting, crochet, cross-stitch... the possibilities are endless. So get out your ball and yarn and see where it takes you!

11. Do some painting 

Head over to YouTube and learn how to paint. There are loads of videos which teach you different techniques to create the perfect masterpiece. You’ll come out of lockdown feeling like Picasso.

12. Organise your loft/garage/shed/under your bed...

We all have that one area in our house that we cram full of crap and then ignore for years. Well, now’s the time to be productive and give it a proper clear out. Clean and organise this neglected space because you’ll never find a better time to get it done. 

13. Organise your wardrobe 

You know those people who have perfectly organised wardrobes? Well, that could be you. Use your time in lockdown to colour code your wardrobe and clear out any unworn garments. And if you haven't heard of Marie Kondo, now's the time to find out.

Folding clothes

14. Organise your sock or underwear drawer 

Who has organised underwear drawers? Serial Killers, that’s who. Only kidding, get your pants out and start organising. 

15. Go to the opera

Yes, we know you’re not allowed out. But you are allowed on Google. Visit the Metropolitan Opera and enjoy a live stream. 

16. See the wonders of the world 

Have you ever dreamed of going to the Grand Canyon? Well, now you can. Head over to Google Maps and you can walk right through it. 

Grand Canyon

17. Aller à Paris (Go to Paris) 

Or any other city for that matter, use Google street view to walk the streets of the places you’ve always wanted to go. 

18. Become a zen master 

Learn to meditate and become a master of yoga during your time in lockdown. This is a great way to spend your time - it will do wonders for your physical and mental health. 

19. Start your own blog 

Do you have a passion or hobby which you know quite a lot about? Why not share your expertise with the world by starting your own blog. Head over to WordPress and start it for free. 

20. Write a book 

Do you have any whacky storylines floating around in that head of yours? Why not use your time indoors to write a novel. You never know you may make some serious dollar out of it. 

21. Make/write birthday cards

There's nothing wrong with being too organised. And how many times have you missed your best friends birthday? Grab some card, a couple of pens and don't forget to send them a couple of days in advance! You can thank us later. 

22. Create the ultimate bucket list 

Write a huge list of all things you want to try in your life. We bet you’ll discover things you didn’t even know you wanted to do. When this pandemic is over make sure you tick it off. 


23. Write out affirmations 

Affirmations are proven methods which help you rewire your brain and achieve your goals. Be productive in lockdown by writing your affirmations out 10 times every morning and evening. Get ready to watch your life change. If you get stuck, here are 35 ideas to get you going. 

24. Become a bookworm 

We should all be reading more books and taking a break from social media. Be mega productive by picking a few books and challenging yourself to get through them all by the end of lockdown. How about a book a month in 2021?

25. Learn first aid

Get yourself enrolled on an online first aid course. You never know when you may need it. 

26. Learn about the psychology of the human brain 

What are you surrounded by every day? People. Why not study their behaviours and thoughts by learning about the human brain?

27. Learn about your pet 

We don’t know enough about our furry friends. Learn about your pet during lockdown or isolation and improve their quality of life as a result. 

28. Make homemade dog or cat treats 

If you don’t have a dog or cat skip to number 30. If you do have a fluffy friend, we suggest you learn how to make them tasty treats.

Dog and treat

29. Make a scrapbook

ÔĽŅPrint photos of happier times and put them together in a scrapbook. Not only will it lift your spirits, it's something to treasure for years to come.

30. Make homemade face masks (not the COVID kind)

Rejuvenate your skin with a homemade face mask. Not a chemical in sight!

31. Have a spa day 

Use your homemade face mask at your very own spa. Fill up the bath, get the towelling robe out and light some candles. Aah bliss. 

32. Paint the walls (if they need painting of course) 

Give those walls a fresh lick of paint and bring a new lease of life to your space. 

33. Call up someone you haven’t spoken to for a while 

Part of being productive is doing things you usually shove to the bottom of the list. Now's the time to pick up the phone and call a long lost friend. 

34. Learn about food 

We eat every day so it seems strange that we don’t learn more about what we put in our bodies. Be productive and learn about nutrition. 


35. Brush up on your politics 

We're not suggesting you start shoving political views down people’s throats at your next dinner party, but it doesn’t hurt to get more insight into British politics. 

36. Learn how to PROPERLY cut hair (we don’t need to see any more dodgy haircuts please) 

Know your fades from your crew cuts and learn about hairstyling. 

37. Learn about fashion 

If you’re like us, you tend to throw on the first thing you grab from your wardrobe each morning. Be more vogue and learn about the latest fashion trends. 

38. Plan your next trip abroad 

When lockdown (and the pandemic in general) is all over, go on a trip of a lifetime and plan it all in isolation. Check out Lonely Planet for the best travel inspo.

39. Plan out your life goals

Great lives don’t happen by accident. Outline your goals. Map out what you want to achieve and how you’re going to get there. When this is all over, get to work on being the boss of your own life. 

Goal setting


It's a great time to set yourself a challenge and be super productive! But just remember, if you've made a permanent dent on the sofa, mid-way through your 5th Netflix series of the week, that's ok too. 

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