With the pandemic continuing into 2021 and showing no signs of letting up (at least for the next few months), many of us are still trying to think of ways to stay occupied and productive at home. Got some extra time on your hands this year, and you’re trying to think of some new ideas? Take a look at this quick little list of productive hobbies you could look to pursue in 2021 and beyond.

Get Fit At Home

Losing weight and becoming more healthy/active is an extremely common goal for most people at the start of a year. While it might feel that bit more difficult to achieve given the current circumstances, with gyms and other sports clubs/groups largely closed, that doesn’t mean it’s impossible. If you’ve got the space in your home, carve out a workout area and invest in some personal gym equipment, or alternatively, if you don’t want to splash out, you could tune in to one of the live fitness sessions run by the likes of Joe Wicks. This one is particularly useful if you want to be part of a community that pushes and motivates one another.

Important Tip

Even the smallest things can get you active around the home, and so try to think of ways to get your muscles working from between your home desk and your bed. You might decide to do a ‘virtual commute’ each morning, going for a walk to simulate your journey to work. If you live in an apartment building, you could decide to abstain from using the lift instead of taking the stairs to get your heart rate elevated for a few minutes each day. 

Learning About An Investment Strategy

Do you want to get into a better financial situation and potentially come out of lockdown feeling more confident with your money and your financial future? If you’ve got savings to spare, investment could be a productive strategy to look into, particularly if you want to start earning more than one income stream. 

Buy to let property investment, for example, where you purchase a property and then rent it out to potential tenants, can provide you with a regular payment through rental yield income. Depending on the area you’re buying in, you can get both promising growth potential on the house price for the future and a consistent income source to tide you over. RWinvest state that some of the best areas are in Liverpool and Manchester in the UK. Even if you have no idea where to get started with this sort of productive strategy, the company provides a range of mobile-friendly guides and podcast content for you to jump into and learn about. 

Starting Your Own Online Business 

Successfully saved some money away, or have some investment returns that you want to put back into another productive venture? Using one of the many online store services such as Etsy, Depop, eBay, Gumtree or Facebook Marketplace, you can quickly start selling your products and services to millions of people. Alternatively, If you have a skill that you think you can monetise, such as freelance writing or graphic design, you can set yourself up a profile on a site like Fiverr or UpWork, and gain additional income that way.

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