By now you've stocked up on the essentials (water, milk, chocolate), charged all your devices, and committed to sweatpants and your favorite pair of fuzzy socks. And blizzard or bust, you've been given an opportunity – a day to hermit away inside. Now make it work for you. Here are a few suggestions for making your snow day count:
1. The Low-Hanging Fruit: Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, and Catching Up on Email
Fine, great, I get it: This is the easiest, low-hangingest of all possible fruit. I am the first to lose an hour or five going down the rabbit hole of social media (look at all the pretty pictures of snow! It's almost like we're at Sundance, too!). But ugh, doesn't Facebook get enough of your time already? And yes, Lord knows there's always a backlog of emails to get to. But if you waste this precious Gift of Time just knocking off emails, then the time wasters will have won. So put a cap on how long you spend on this category; otherwise, this will just be like any other random day when you don't leave your apartment or put on anything non-elasticized.
2. Write That Thing You Keep Meaning to Write
Now we're getting somewhere! This is the perfect time to dig into that think piece you've been meaning to write. Or that book proposal outline. Or that grant application. Or that spec script. Whatever it is you keep wishing you'd finished—or even started—know that you'll keep wishing that for weeks, months, and maybe even years unless you make a conscious decision to use your time NOW!
3. Start Getting Your Tax Stuff in Order
It's January. You have a sudden burst of free time. Throw on some tunes and tackle that ridiculous pile of papers on your desk (and counter, and fridge, and floor). You will be so grateful to yourself in a few weeks, and also you will have legitimately earned that smug feeling that comes from being ahead of the thing that is stressing out everyone else.
4. Watch A Movie, errr, an Intelligent Movie
Thanks to my good friends at IMDB, here is a list of great movies for intelligent people. The resident MIS blogger-in-chief is partial to number 12 and 64 on the list as well as going off list with "Love Actually".
5. Catch Up on Work
No explanation needed. Moving on.
6. Don't Forget to Exercise
If you're housebound, you're not going for a brisk walk, run, trot or whatever it is you people do at the gym. Heed what TEDster Nilofer Merchant says about constant sitting (it's the new smoking). Get outside and have a snowball/dirt fight! (And if you have snowbound kids, maybe this will tucker them out enough for a nap.) Just make sure you're all in sensible footwear.
7. Read a Book
Reading books: Fun while you're doing it, and fun afterward when thinking about what you did it. If you can’t get to a library, check out Prime Reading from Amazon – an abundance of free selections await
The snow is coming so be safe, be warm and don’t forget the bread.