10 Productive Ways to Fight Your Boredom During the COVID Summer Holidays

Published on Apr 15, 2020

In a normal time, we would be glad that examinations are almost over... but somehow, we aren't that excited about it this year. 

For those who are graduating, graduation ceremonies are very likely to be skipped. You can't find a job / internship as employers stop hiring during this difficult period and obviously, graduation trips are out of the picture with all the flights grounded.

So what can you do? 

With exams (almost) over, here are our top 10 ideas to spend your school break productively!

1. Learn how to cook


There are a bunch of funny TikTok recipe videos going around that are worth a try now that everyone is spending time at home.

If you're more serious about becoming the next MasterChef, check out YouTube for more comprehensive recipes!

There is a wide variety to choose from including Western food, local cuisine as well as drinks and desserts. You can learn how to make your $7 frappuccinos from home, healthy matcha lattes and drip coffees to go along with your healthy-ish dessert (that you actually know how much sugar it contains).

One huge trend currently is the Dalgona Coffee, sweet foamy coffee that is spooned on top of a glass of milk. It actually has its origin from the ppopgi, a korean streeet food that was really popular in South Korea from the 70s-80s.

2. Do a Virtual Potluck

Online Meeting Potluck

You are not allowed to gather because of social distancing, but you can still have a Video Potluck. 

Have everyone prepare dinner under a certain theme (vegan, Italian, local, etc) and have dinner dates over the phone together!

3. Get back into reading


Most of us read a lot as children but fell out of the habit when school and work rolled around. This is one of the best habits to cultivate because it is entertaining, informative and it gives you time away from all the digital distractions.

Reading improves concentration, memory and your language skills. It also helps you to pass time. You'll be surprised how time flies by when you're absorbed in a novel!

You can opt for audiobooks and e-books as there are many free platforms now, but there's nothing like holding a paperback book and flipping through the pages. It also creates less opportunity for distraction as you won't be using a device to read.

Some books that some of Agent G's uni students are reading:

  1. The Power of Habit by Charles Duhigg
  2. This is what Inequality Looks Like by Kian Woon Kwok and Youyenn Teo
  3. Get Your Sh*t together by Sarah Knight
  4. The Art of Thinking Clearly by Rolf Dobelli
  5. The Solitaire Mystery by Jostein Gaarder

4. Get your hair game on

Just because you're home doesn't mean you can't look your best. You can still meet friends and colleagues through Zoom, Google Hangout and just plain old Facetime so make sure you look presentable on video.

Take this time to get a nice haircut and experiment with the different looks / styles that work for you. 

DIY Home Hair Styling

Look at the different looks Cheyra from 99 Percent Hair Studio can sport in just one week!

If you need help, many of the stylists are posting hair tutorial videos, so take this chance to up your styling game!

5. Catch up on shows


Well, you no longer have any excuse to be the only person in the world who hasn't watched Game Of Thrones. Or start watching any show that has been on your evergrowing to-watch list for ages now.

Netflix has a bunch of super interesting shows and some of our favourites are Stranger Things, Peaky Blinders and Sense8. They also have movies, documentaries and Korean dramas so there's something for everyone.

If you do not have Netflix, there are lots of other entertainment out there! Local theatre companies such as The Necessary Stage and Nine Years Theatre are putting out archives of their shows for you to watch for absolutely free! If you're a music fan, there's a high chance that your favourite musicians are performing on livestream.

6. Start your own business 


Employees are working from home, companies are not making as much money and many stores are out of business. The economy is not doing great and your income might have taken a dip during this period.

Counteract that by finding a side hustle so you may have multiple sources of income. This creates more security and variety so you run a lower risk of living paycheck to paycheck. 

We all have ideas and if you've had one that has been sitting at the back of your mind for the longest time, now is the perfect moment to act on it. Start up that business idea. Although the economy is not blooming, you have the time to set everything up for the future. If not now, then when?

You'll be able to be your own boss and manage your own time, something many people dream of doing.

7. Learn something new


While it's nice to kick back and relax a little, don't go overboard and become too lazy. That'll make it hard to get back to work and becoming lazy is never a good habit to get into. Instead, do something productive and learn a useful life skill or tackle something that you've always wanted to learn. It gives you something to look forward to everyday besides just rewatching Friends for the 10th time!

SkillShare and YouTube are great online resources that you can learn new skills from. Whether you want to play an instrument, learn programming or start knitting, there's a class out there for you. If you're interested to be taught by celebrities, try Masterclass! Alternatively, you can always learn something from free online classes on Harvard University.

Now that we can't go outside, it's time to go within. Learn something that you truly enjoy and that makes you happy.

You deserve an opportunity to chase your dreams and better yourself.

8. Create the ultimate bucket list


Planning and creating to-do lists are motivating because they give you something to look forward to. Now more than ever, creating a bucket list with everything you might possibly want to do and achieve after the quarantine period will make you feel more positive and excited about life.

It can be as simple as planting your own mini-garden or as extreme as skydiving. The sky is the limit (Pun intended)! Anything that makes you smile and makes your heart beat a little faster can go on that list.

And when this blows over, you'll know exactly what you need to do in order to be productive. Fill that bucket up!

9. Do a big room clearout


The Marie Kondo effect is still in full swing. People are starting to notice things that they no longer have a use for and would like to clear them out for space.

Spend your break by being productive. It's time to get rid of all the junk you've been hoarding. This includes unnecessary paperwork, clothes you no longer wear, and memorabilia that is no longer functional. You can donate items that are still in good condition to families who are in need in this trying time and recycle the rest.

Your environment affects how you feel and think. A clean and clear space breeds a calmer mind, something that's useful in reducing anxiety during this stressful time.

10. Come join the Beauty Undercover team!


It may be hard to secure internships or part-time jobs now with fewer employers hiring but hey, we are! 

If you're reading this article not just because you want inspiration for holiday activities but also because you're a follower of Beauty Undercover, this is just for you. We're opening internship positions so you can experience a new world of hair and beauty, writing, photography, videography or whatever skill you believe you can bring to the team. Do write in to admin@beautyundercover.sg and tell us more about yourself and how you would like to be involved with us!

We promise we're all a happy bunch of people and nothing like Meryl Streep's character in Devil Wears Prada!

Planning to do any of these, change up your hairstyle or go for a facial? Share your experience on BU.sg!

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