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– is basically accomplishing something – the more creative the better! Make a new recipe, clean out a drawer in your home, read a portion of a novel, do a crossword puzzle. Something where at the end of the day you can say, “I did that” and hopefully add “and I enjoyed doing it!” 

We’ve listed some ideas below and invite you to think of others.

Self-Guided Activities


  • Do a familiar craft
  • Try a new craft or reacquaint yourself with an old favorite
  • Try a new recipe
  • Work a crossword puzzle
  • Work on a jigsaw puzzle
  • Work a Sudoku puzzle
  • Start reading or continue to read a new novel
  • Read a chapter in an entertaining book by a new author or on a new topic – if you don’t like it, tomorrow try a different new author or topic
  • Practice singing a favorite song or playing it on an instrument
  • Complete a coloring sheet – check out Illustrated Ministry


  • Organize a drawer or closet or counter-top in your house
  • Wash all the blankets in your home that never get washed
  • Work in your garden
  • Knit 10 or 20 rows on a scarf or hat – when complete, send it to the Seamen’s Institute
  • Complete one garden maintenance task – pinch off spent blooms, pinch off tomato suckers, pull a row of weeds, water your indoor pots
  • Give a book you no longer want to someone who might enjoy it, or donate it to a public library for their Friends of the Library sale
  • Pick 3 things out of your closet or garage and take them to a charity
  • Erase your ancient emails
  • Type and alphabetize a current list of passwords
  • Sort your to-do list into categories – for example, a) important and urgent, b) important but not urgent, c) urgent but not important, d) not urgent and not important – focus on “a” and “b” items
  • Complete a chore
  • Plan your meals for the week
  • Brush your cat or dog
  • Do something that’s been on your to-do list for too long
  • Do a load of laundry



  • Do a good deed for someone
  • Check out the Facebook group “Quarantine Hobbies” to find ideas or share yours

Following Up with Self-Examination

  • At the end of the day, reflect on one thing that gave you a sense of accomplishment, and be grateful for that feeling
  • At the end of a week, reflect on your various accomplishments, and pay attention to your feelings about them