This can be as involved as taking a long, hard look at your finances or as easy as putting Rs 500 in an envelope labeled “vacation fund.”
From straightening up the house to getting your computer in order, make a list of organizational changes you can make today.
Research on how to start a new hobby you’ve been interested in, and if possible, go pick up supplies and dive in.
If you haven’t paid any attention to your old hobby like not touching the supplies of knitting and embroidery, then its time you should. If you have an activity you enjoy but haven’t done in a while, a rainy day is the perfect time to pick it back up.
Get ready for the upcoming week or month by preparing some soup, bread, casseroles, or other foods that can be stored in the fridge or freezer until needed.
Pantries can be incredibly useful…or they can easily become homes to forgotten ingredients. Take stock of what you have in your pantry, and either cook something with what’s there or make plans to use the items in the upcoming week.
How many outwear, ill-fitting, or otherwise unused pieces of clothing do you have in your closet? Take a ruthless look, and pull out the items you don’t wear. Then make plans to have a clothing swap party with your friends.
From yoga to body-weight strength-building exercises, there are plenty of indoor exercises you can try.
Take the time to clearly write out your life goals, whether they’re for career, family, health, or even just little projects you want to work on. Defining what you want to do is the first step to getting it done.
It might seem unproductive, but journaling can help you take stock of where you are, decide where you want to be, and work out tough problems.
Owe someone an email? Dragging your heels on thank-you notes? Just thinking of someone who might appreciate a call, letter, or even something as simple as a text message or Facebook post? Make it happen.
What can be better than seeing your house or backyard clean?! It’s a classic. If you’re already good at keeping things neat and tidy, give a deep scrub to a room or two.
Rainy days are especially great for recipes that take a while — even if it’s not active cooking time. Bake a yeast bread, whip up some sugar cookie dough that has to sit in the fridge, or set some baked beans to slow-cook in the oven. Or make something fancy and complicated that you always feel like you don’t have time for. Plus, if you make enough, you’ll have leftovers for the rest of the week.
Relax! Indulge in a bit of comfort food — always nice on a rainy day — and then use the time you would have been cooking to do something not-so-fun, like scrubbing the tub, reorganizing a particularly persnickety junk drawer, or sorting through a big pile of papers.
This effort can be big or small, difficult or easy. Tell someone you care or show it by doing something nice.
Get on the phone or internet and get appointments scheduled — whether it’s for the doctor, at your salon, or with a friend you’ve been meaning to meet up with.
This is pretty straightforward. Get your bills together, and get them all paid. If there are any bills you could put on auto-pay that you haven’t already, consider switching them over.
Take the time to see if your budget has been working for you. Adjust accordingly.
Start preparing for anything. A race. A trip. A task. Just because you’re not on deadline doesn’t mean you shouldn’t start now. Get things done early, and worry less later.
If you’ve been feeling tired of your living space, try moving around and see what you have before buying something new.
They’re warm, they’re comforting, and they’re classic. Don’t want an entire batch? Freeze a log of the dough — cut into individual cookie-size slices — so whenever you want just one cookie, you can pull it out of the freezer and pop it in the oven.
Don’t be surprised by birthdays you didn’t realize were coming up — if you keep a supply of homemade cards and gifts around, you’re always ready to celebrate someone’s special day with frugal, from-the-heart gifts.
If you already have a way to bring in extra money, spend some time working on it. Or if you don’t, research ways that you could earn some extra cash.
If you have no idea why you’re following certain people on Twitter or are sick of your acquaintance’s constant bragging updates on Facebook, go through your social media and unfollow accounts or set Facebook to not show updates from people you aren’t interested in.
Not productive, you say? Okay, if you get enough sleep every night, no, sleeping more isn’t productive. But if you’re the type of person who’s chronically under-rested — which can negatively affect your weight, your alertness, and your productivity levels — a rainy weekend day is the perfect time to sleep in. Then, after you wake up well-rested, attack the rest of this list!
Also, read our blog on 10 WAYS TO DE-STRESS AND INCREASE PRODUCTIVITY