A Random List of Random Things To Do In Quarantine

Hussein Esmail
3 min readApr 9, 2020

Welcome to Attention Grab! A game show where each bullet point in a list tries to grab the attention of the reader, and bonus points if the you actually go and do that activity! This week’s topic is: Things you can do during quarantine.

Let the show begin!

  • Hello! I’m the first contender! I suggest reading a book or two. You probably have more books you haven’t read than you have like me. I’d like to thank my mom, Papyrus, and my dad, Parchment.
  • You can learn a programming language. I recommend Python for an easy start. It’s amazing what you can do with it. Even try to automate a task you know you always do on the computer.
  • Take a nap. During a normal work week you probably didn’t sleep enough anyway.
  • Take up an online course. You can check if your local library offers access to a course website for free.
  • Watch a movie
  • Write a story. Everyone’s mind wanders at some point. Maybe take some details from dreams you may have.
  • Write a Medium article, like I am :)
  • Do some cleaning.
  • Learn a new language. If some of your family members’ first language isn’t English, maybe surprise them you see (or video chat) them.
  • Take a virtual world tour. Apparently, people have thought of everything.
  • Clean out your closet. I’m a big fan of minimalism and everyone probably has that one article of clothing they dread wearing. If you haven’t worn it in a year, you probably won’t ever wear it.
  • Do some yoga.
  • Make some art. Whether it’s colouring or origami, just don’t draw on the walls! Yes, I know it’s tempting, but you’ll regret it in 0.3 milliseconds.
  • Do a puzzle
  • Find some interesting podcasts
  • Organize a room in your house
  • Warn people that Zoom’s video chats aren’t always secure. The people need to know!
  • Play virtual games with your friends. Whether it’s Clash Royale or screen sharing Jackbox Games on Discord
  • Learn how to cook something new
  • Practice an instrument (as long as it won’t drive your neighbours mad)
  • Write an actual letter to someone. It’ll make someone feel happy and appreciated.
  • Clean out your junk drawer
  • Try drawing a self-portrait with nothing but a pencil, paper, and a mirror
  • Have you ever tried to start writing a novel but only got to the second chapter? Try turning it into a short story! It’s less commitment, and if it goes well just write another!
  • Try making that weird thing you saw on Pinterest
  • Make some TikToks the teenagers are always talking about these days
  • Do some workouts. Maybe pull out that dusty 2000s exercise DVD. Anybody else had those? No? Guess it’s just me.
  • Race some marbles! It was very under-appreciated pre-quarantine.
  • Watch a TV show. I recommend Mr. Robot or Gilmore Girls.
  • Clean out your emails
  • Write a newsletter email just for your friends and family.
  • Once a week, have a PowerPoint Party! Each time one person picks a topic and gives a presentation about it. Next week, another person.
  • Make a quarantine vlog.
  • Talk to random strangers about your interests on Reddit.
  • Alright everyone, we’ve reached our final 3 contestants!
  • Participate in Jimmy Kimmel’s #FORMALFRIDAY where people wear formal clothing and share it on Instagram.
  • Have a Netflix viewing party.
  • Watch some TED talks. I recommend ones with James Veitch if you want a laugh.

That’s our show for this week folks. Which bullet point won this week? Only you decide.