When you have nothing but time on your hands, it’s easy to become lazy and forget about the important things you still need to be doing in life. Setting a few daily goals can keep you on your feet while adding a bit of extra chill time afterwards.

Typing certain daily goals on a typewriter.
Setting goals forces us to get things accomplished, so we have a sense of relief at the end.
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I’m going to be honest. Before my quarantine began in March, I started reading this old chapter book I had in my cabinet. It’s an interesting read and I’m probably somewhere between pages of 20 and 30. However, it is now May and I have yet to touch it again.

One of my goals was to finish this book sometime this month, because I’m naturally a fast reader and once I’m invested in a story, I stick with it. But for some reason, I found myself nesting on my couch in front of my television screen daily, watching Netflix with an occasional bag of munchies in my lap. That wasn’t meeting any goals at all.

For the rest of those with non-essential jobs, it may be time to stop being a snail and slither off that couch. Whether you have elderly or children in your care, they aren’t an excuse to slack off on whatever goals you’re attempting to set for yourself. Though it may be hard, it certainly is possible to reach them.

It’s also important to remember these simple daily goals as well.

Daily Goals #1: Maintain a Clean Home

You’re probably thinking, there’s so many people in my house. How the heck can I ever keep this place clean? The point is to pick up as you go. You, and all your family members are different and each individual makes their own special mess from time to time. Allow picking up after yourselves to be a part of your goals every day so as not to let the house turn into a landfill.

Make a game out of cleaning time and let your kids create a list of cleaning goals to target around the house.

Daily Goals #2: Eat Healthy

Unfortunately, so many of us have grown into the habit of being a victim of junk food. It’s delicious, it’s always there for us just waiting in our kitchen, and there are so many options to choose from.

It’s easy to make the mistake of consuming a load of junk food, but it’s critical that we try to incorporate healthy, balanced nutrition as part of our daily goals to maintain a healthier life during and after quarantine.

Daily Goals #3: Meditate

At the end of the day, we’re all human and everyone is experiencing and going through something different as part of quarantining. For some, bad days might outweigh the good, making you feel like your head is about to explode.

In order to keep that from happening, recognize meditation as one of your daily goals and get your namaste on.

Go ahead and choose a quiet location in your house and plop down pretzel style on a comfortable blanket or soft carpet. Close your eyes and breathe deeply in and out, allowing your body to release any of the tension that the day brought you.

I recommend doing this daily, at least once a night.

Keeping these simple daily goals in mind may not exactly contribute to your overall happiness, especially with what’s going on in the world; but it may at least bring you some peace of mind with the satisfying feeling of knowing you’re okay.