Like some of the other stuff I post, I will add to this as I find more things. Bear in mind that these are things that entertain me, my family, and my friends, so I guarantee there’s no way I’ll be able to please everybody with this one. That said I really tried hard not to post duds.
TIPS & TRICKS
-Get both a regular notebook and/or a Notepad file open on your computer. Write down things that you find entertaining on one, the other, or both. I call these “toolkits” and have them organized according to entertainment type, such as Education, Do-It-Yourself, Blogs and Websites, and well – the rest of the stuff in this post. The advantage of having a Notepad file on your computer to store this stuff is that you can copypaste hyperlinks into it so you aren’t constantly fumbling to remember the web addresses you want to visit.
-Since you’ll probably be in charge of your work time vs. play time at home, be sure you budget your time accordingly. Work time is work time. Play time is for resting. And never the twain shall meet. You might need to block out your time in a planner. I actually use dollar store notebooks that I convert to planners the hard way, with a pen and a lot of effort. You’ll probably want to buy a preprinted one!
-Take five-minute breaks between each task while you’re working!
-Try to do just one thing at a time
-Spend extra time on self-care. Great resources for this include Simple Abundance by Sarah Ban Breathnach, How To Be You by Jeffrey Marsh, and forcing yourself to rest whenever you can.
WHAT NOT TO DO
Don’t bother too much with the following: Facebook, Twitter, Instagram. Hell no. They suck your time and energy away. Try to limit your time on there.
Don’t buy anything online without learning as much as you can about it first, or at least getting it from a trusted merchant. There’s a serious advantage to being able to inspect merchandise in person!
TO DESTROY THE SILENCE
Streaming music services
Make a list of your favorite artists and then you can figure out how to support them. Stumbling across music and being like “Oh yeah that, I really like that, how did I forget about the artist?” is inefficient.
If you can, make your own music playlists for every occasion and mood
Some great artists:
DO IT YOURSELF
For every craft, art, side business and hobby that exists, there is probably an Instructable for it. Want to learn how to crochet? They got you covered. Want to learn how to sew your own clothes? That too. They have free classes and step-by-step tutorials for just about everything. You could actually make an Instructable a day for the next two years if you wanted to and come out the better for it.
Make some plans of things you want to do in the future. This can take various forms:
-Make shopping lists of all the stuff you ever want in the future. If you have the time, you can add as much to it as you want. Go crazy with this: add your ideal living situation, transportation, outfit, whatever. This actually helps a ton with financial planning for a couple reasons, because once you know what you actually want to budget for, it’s easier to find it, with or without spending money on it.
-While you’re at it, make a gift wish list that you can show to your family so they know what to get you for special occasions
-If you can afford it, by all means buy things from ethical sources online, and donate what you can for coronavirus relief efforts as well as environmental charities. Right on the heels of this epidemic we’re going to have to deal with environmental catastrophe so if you can help to stave it off that would be well, helpful.
-Make a list of all the intangible stuff you want in the future
-Plan out how you want your life to be 5, 10, and 20 years from now, in detail as great as possible. Modify these plans as you go along.
-Make business plans. You have any idea how much time a business plan takes to make? Well, now you might have the time.
-Make step-by-step plans with deadlines for each major goal you have in your life. It’s worth noting that the guy who wrote The 7 Habits of Effective People planned his life out two years in advance. Make sure that these plans are realistic, thorough, and that you can actually handle doing them. Don’t bite off more than you can chew.
-Make a lifetime financial plan
-Figure out a side hustle
-Write a nonfiction book teaching people something useful
-Organize and clean
-Compile all the family recipes into one very well organized 3-ring binder, Word file, or index card box
-Compile reliable recipes from the Internet into one very well organized Notepad file to later modify and add to the family recipes
-Draw up an informal will for yourself and show it to your family; you can have a lawyer look at it and fix it up later
-If you can, make an advanced care directive for your doctor’s office and submit it to them
-Draw pictures and blueprints of future projects of any kind. Good ones include any future home or garden you might want to have, fashion accessories or outfits you want to wear, interior design for rooms in your house, inventions you want to make, construction blueprints for structures you might want to build, and anything else that involves visuals. A grid-patterned dollar store notebook is helpful here.
-Make a bucket list
-Make a list of all the things that put a smile on your face, and then figure out how to bring more of that into your life
-Imagine the best, most awesome stuff possible to happen in the year to come or in the future in general and make a list of it. This exercise helps you to promote said stuff actually happening in the future. It’s an underrated thing.
-Make and monitor yearly and monthly resolutions
Any and all art is great for passing time. Same with any and all crafts. Some easy examples include:
-Get into pen or brush calligraphy
-Write letters the old-fashioned way as long as you aren’t sick. Add stickers, use stationary, pretty them up. You can get postcards from the Arbor Day Foundation that plant a tree for every postcard you buy. https://shop.arborday.org/give-a-tree.aspx
You can also have the USPS pick up your letter at the drop point for free if you let them know what time the stuff will be there. If you live in an apartment complex, call the management and ask if there is a central USPS drop point for the complex because USPS company policy no longer allows them to deliver directly to the door of an apartment.
-Call your grandparents, extended relatives, close friends, and everyone you care about. Don’t text. Don’t email. Call.
-Spend time with your pets
-Water, trim, fertilize and care for houseplants. Do the same for any garden you might have
-Interact with your favorite authors, actors, and inspirations online. In my own experience following the cast of Star Trek: TNG, Voyager, DS9 and TOS on Twitter was one of the best decisions I ever made.
-Dust off any old board games and play them with whoever you’re holed up with
Check this out. http://www.betterworldblog.xyz/2020/04/19/big-brain-time/
BLOGS AND ONLINE MAGAZINES
Timely articles about buying ethical products online despite its target audience seemingly consisting of women with a lot more money and spare time than I have. It’s not very scientific but has some interesting points.
If you want to make your home life both more efficient and a heck of a lot cleaner, read this.
A Chinese cooking blog that is a cut above most cooking blogs. None of the recipes fail. Ever.
Same deal with the recipes not failing. I credit this website for keeping me fed for a good year.
Learn all kinds of cool stuff about other countries and places
The Spruce is a home-based entertainment website but everything in the DotDash publishing company umbrella publishes really informative, interesting info
Kind of like watching a cooking show and a gardening show but in magazine format. If you like that sort of thing.
Exactly that, but beware, because it likes to slow down more and more the longer you read it.
Another good news network
The Oatmeal http://www.theoatmeal.com – look at the older stuff, because the newer stuff isn’t the same
Manly Men Doing Manly Things http://thepunchlineismachismo.com/
GREAT YOUTUBE SHOWS
Saturday Night Live (okay it’s not great, but it exists) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Kol7RE3wCNA&list=PLS_gQd8UB-hKbruovFC53YET_ApBG1zjf
Youtubers like Markiplier and Mr. Beast are kicking TV’s ass when it comes to providing quality entertainment. I just wish they weren’t on such a terrible platform. Youtube competitors, where are you?
Mr. Beast https://www.youtube.com/user/MrBeast6000
Man At Arms https://www.youtube.com/user/AweMeChannel
The Hacksmith https://www.youtube.com/user/MstrJames
Filthy Frank https://www.youtube.com/user/TVFilthyFrank
Aaron’s Animals https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCNo5PGwGmfnEprEUUb9AGgw
I’m not even a Yu-Gi-Oh player and still think this channel is hilarious
MOVIES, ANIME, AND TV SHOWS
Neatly categorized into: Cream of the crop, scraping the bottom of the barrel, and tunneling through the bottom of the barrel into the void. I shall call these categories “Top Tier,” “Barrel Scraping,” and “WHYYYYY”
The Chronicles of Riddick
Justin and the Knights of Valor
Meet the Robinsons
Flight of Dragons
Everything by Hayao Miyazaki or from Studio Ghibli EXCEPT Grave of the Fireflies
Star Wars – all the stuff made before Disney bought it out
Most Disney movies
People have a love-hate relationship with these.
Puss in Boots
Rebel Without A Cause
The Breakfast Club
Monty Python and the Holy Grail
The Lord of the Rings trilogy
A Monster In Paris
Anything by The Asylum
Ferris Bueller’s Day Off
The Labyrinth with David Bowie
If you grew up in the 90s trying to avoid seeing this on TV because all you thought it was about was angry constipated men screaming, give it another chance. You’ll be pleasantly surprised.
Restaurant to Another Universe
Possibly the most zen yet entertaining anime I’ve seen in quite some time. It’s wholesome, uplifting, and it’ll make you hungry.
Ouran High School Host Club
Despite the formulaic reverse-harem premise and protagonist void of personality, it’s still great.
The Helpful Fox Senko-San
Elegant Yokai Apartment Life
Welcome To Demon School, Iruma-kun
I live for seeing Iruma’s adoptive grandfather, Sullivan. He’s so adorable omg
Pokemon: Indigo League
Amagi Brilliant Park
Samurai Pizza Cats
Great Teacher Onizuka
Cromartie High School
This is such a relaxing anime despite its content. Or is it because of its content? Hmmm.
Actually, I Am…
Kill La Kill
It will keep you entertained. Then you’ll wonder why you bothered to watch the whole thing.
Despite the delicious-looking food and infectious enthusiasm of the protagonist, it’s uh, not exactly safe for work.
Ace of Diamond
The series degenerates into watching anime characters play a very long game of barely-animated baseball. Every. Single. Episode.
Law and Order
Whose Line Is It Anyway
Star Wars, the Animated Series
If you want something funny it probably doesn’t get any better than this.
The Great British Baking Show
Bill Nye The Science Guy
Kevin Hart’s Stand-Up Comedy
George Carlin’s Stand-Up Comedy
Gabriel Iglesias’s Stand-Up Comedy
Star Trek: The Next Generation
Mystery Science Theater 3000 and its reboot
Monty Python’s Flying Circus
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles
NCIS: the first three seasons
Beavis and Butthead
The rest of my family can’t stand this. I think that Beavis and Butthead are scholars and gentlemen. Possibly the most polarizing show on TV and I can say with certainty you’ll either love it or hate it.
Star Trek: Voyager
Great actors, really inconsistent quality with the plot. And racist undertones. Still worth the watch just to see how they cope with the Borg.
Although they’re really funny, they go way too far every other episode.
If you enjoy watching a clueless guy’s mishaps in space that include making vindaloo out of an entire cow, watch this
A cooking show full of British humor. I’m not sure how to explain this. The chef is both more and less polite than Gordon Ramsay.
BOOKS, MANGA, AND COMIC BOOKS
Using the same format as above.
For actually-educational books, see the educational post. I’ve classified these by author in order to save space.
Arthur Conan Doyle
The Illustrated Classics series – an abridged, illustrated series of kids’ books
Susan Wittig Albert
The Boxcar Kids series
Great Teacher Onizuka
Komi Can’t Communicate
We Never Learn
TABLETOP ROLEPLAYING GAMES
Dungeons & Dragons, version 3.5
Arguments abound for which version is best. I insist that 3.5 is the way to go. Luckily, since this is my post, I’ll just leave it at that and let you guys sort it out in the comments. Hahahaha.
VIDEO GAMES AND COMPUTER GAMES
Starcraft (the original)
Heroes of Might and Magic III
The Secret of Monkey Island, run on an emulator
Mass Effect – the whole series
The Legend of Zelda (original)
Banjo Kazooie (original)
Final Fantasy X
Final Fantasy VII
Windows Pinball and the other Microsoft Windows free games
Crash Bandicoot and the Wrath of Cortex
Much as I dislike recommending anything that comes from Steam and its endless Crucial Updates, Counterstrike is actually pretty fun. See if you can find Zombie Mod on the server list.
The Sims (original)
Roller Coaster Tycoon
Team Fortress 2
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