Business leaders may suddenly be finding themselves with free time for the first time since, well, ever. As we are well aware of, small business owners, such as yourself, are not likely to sit around and do nothing. You thrive on risk, adventure, and productivity. Thankfully, being stuck at home doesn’t mean you are stuck doing nothing at all. Turn your downtime into uptime with these fun things to do during your coronavirus quarantine.
Pick up a New Online Game
Game night just got a little more virtual. People everywhere are looking to connect with others by utilizing the internet. And what better way to do that than by playing games?
How good is your drawing? Find out with Skribbl.io. Skribbl.io is similar to Pictionary, one person draws a picture, while their teams attempts to guess what is being drawn before time runs out. Set up is easy, simply create a “private room” and send the link to your team. Let the games begin!
Not much for drawing? How about a card game instead? If you’ve ever played Cards Against Humanity then you’ll know how to play the online imitation Remote Insensitivity. Challenge your others to this taboo and often hilarious game. After sending out a link you’ll be able to create a “room” and start the game.
You have to be strategic and quick in this online card game. It might remind you of the classic game Old Maid if Old Maid were full of trap cards and explosions. Exploding Kittens is a ridiculously addicting card game that you can buy in the Apple app store for only $1.99.
Each of these games can be played with family, your team, or friends remotely, which is only adding to their popularity during the COVID-19 quarantine.
Group Movie/Date Night with Netflix Party
As a busy small business owner, you may not have had enough time to stay caught up on the hottest Netflix movies or shows. Now is your chance to see what all the hype is about with Netflix Party!
Netflix Party is a new Google Chrome extension that allows you to remotely watch movies and TV shows simultaneously with your friends or family. It synchronizes video playback and has a group chat section where everyone can “talk” during the showing. If your friend, significant other, or family is out of town you can still all get together for a fun and relaxing movie night.
Make Your Own Signature Cocktail
Miss going out for a drink? It may be time to channel your inner bartender and create your own cocktail recipes. There are tons of online recipes and books to help you get your mixology on. Don’t be afraid to get creative, You can even make your own signature cocktail!
Don’t feel like drinking alone? Set up a video chat with your friends and let the laughs begin. If you’re lucky enough to have a friend that is an actual bartender, ask them to lead your group into making the very best cocktails. Bottoms up!
Host a Zoom Meeting and Share Your Expertise
As a business expert, you are likely an expert in something useful and incredibly interesting. Now is your chance to share your expertise in an online session.
Host a Zoom meeting and let everyone know that you’ll be going go through some basic lessons or rules in your line of work. Not only will you be able to connect with your community, but you can help inspire future entrepreneurs.
Cook Your Way Through a Cookbook
Business owners are well-known for being great at creating, therefore making you and a lot of the business community leaders great cooks. If you are notorious for putting cooking skills on the back burner and ordering take out instead, now might be the perfect time to make a healthy change and practice a few recipes.
One way to start is by choosing a cookbook and simply working your way through it. You can try a new appetizer, dessert, or main dish weekly. The choice is yours!
Host a Book Club (Virtually of Course)
Let’s be honest, there are a lot of books we’ve all wanted to read, perhaps even bought with good intentions, and then promptly left on the bookshelf. Now might just be the perfect time to crack open that bestseller and get into reading again.
Take this time to read books that will help you learn more about your industry’s best practices or catch up on skills that need touching up. You can also bring your friends and fellow business owners in on it and start a virtual book club. This will give you the chance to hear outside opinions on your subject, and perhaps even better, it is a good excuse to speak with your friends.
Whether it’s for recreation or education, tuck yourself into a soft chair and enjoy.