23 Geeky Ideas to Get You Through Self-Isolation

I don’t know about you, but March felt like a fever dream where everything happened too fast but also painfully slow. I don’t think any of us expected this to erupt the way it has or to last as long as it is. But that’s the reality we are living in, and it doesn’t look like it’s going to change any time soon.

We’re all going to be stuck at home for a while longer, so I’ve got a list here of some fun things to do to help beat the monotony. Maybe you can finally do that one thing you’ve always wanted to do if you only had time. If there is one thing we’re going to have in abundance right now, it’s more free time.

Anyway, I’m assuming you’re here for the list, so I’ll delay no further.

  1. Read a sci-fi or fantasy book.
  2. Listen to an audiobook. I’d check out your local library via Overdrive, or you can get a 30-day free trial of Audible or Scribd.
  3. Play a new game. A lot of digital retailers have Spring sales going on right now, so take advantage of it!
  4. Play an old game on hard mode. Give yourself a new (possibly unrealistic) challenge!
  5. Binge something on Netflix.
  6. Disney+ Star Wars marathon. You’ve got all of the movies and the animated series as well, so it should keep you going for quite a while.
  7. Try a virtual tabletop game on Tabletopia or Board Game Arena.
  8. Get some friends for an online session of Dungeons and Dragons on Roll20.net.
  9. Try a free-to-play MMO with some friends, or
  10. Start a Minecraft server to play with friends. Maybe try one of the puzzle or parkour maps.
  11. Try journaling. In fact, I’ve got a list of more than 50 ways to use any empty notebooks you have lying around.
  12. Practice photography.
  13. Start a bookstagram/gamergram.
  14. Start a blog. And here’s a bunch of free and inexpensive resources to get you started.
  15. Write a book. The April session of Camp Nanowrimo has just begun!
  16. Take some online classes and learn something new. Skillshare, Udemy, and Coursera are all good options.
  17. Clean up your bookshelf and tbr.
  18. Digital Spring Clean. Clean up your phone/tablet/personal computing device of choice.
  19. Try out some geeky DIY, like these Playstation button coasters by Weird Louise. I also have a Pinterest board full of other DIY ideas!
  20. Print out some cool coloring pages. You can buy some intricate designs off of Etsy or you can find them for free at places like Just Color.
  21. Listen to a geeky podcast, like The Spawn Chunks or Geek’s Guide to the Galaxy, or maybe even
  22. Start a Geek Podcast.
  23. Throw a party in Animal Crossing New Horizons.

I’ve seen a lot of lists like this floating around, but I definitely wanted to put one together with more of a geeky flair to it. If nothing here suits your fancy, I’d definitely check out a similar list of geeky things to do by Michelle over at A Geek Girl’s Guide.

Stay safe everyone!

Let’s Chat!

Got anything else to add to this list? How have you been keeping yourself busy with everything going on? Let me know in the comments below!

Author: Alyssa Flynn

Alyssa is a writer of fantasy and sci-fi, a certified geek, and a blogger over at Alyssa Lost in Space. She is currently writing her first novel which she plans to self-publish in Fall 2020.

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