Tips from Nudgers: 50 things to do at home
Nudgers texted us thousands of tips for staying fulfilled at home (thank you!), and here's just a small sample of our faves. You can request which ones you want us to do a full nudge about 👇
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  1. “Post a sign in your apartment hallway offering to shop for essentials/groceries for those who are vulnerable, if you're able to, or just to chat during these difficult times.”
    A Nudger from NYC
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  2. “I posted one positive yelp review each day for a local spot I enjoy. It will boost their business when they reopen 😊”
    A Nudger from NYC
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  3. “Donating to offtheirplate.org to help restaurants and front-line healthcare providers in the community through this difficult time!!”
    A Nudger from SF
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  4. “Ordering food from local restaurants via doordash and then tipping highly, texting the Dasher to let you know you appreciate them and hope they stay safe ...”
    A Nudger from Seattle
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  5. “Zooniverse is a citizen science website that allows everyday people to help out on major research projects all over the world! They have so many categories to choose from, and you can do anything from identify stars in photographs of distant galaxies, to log animals caught in camera traps in Africa...”
    A Nudger from Seattle
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  6. “We're very short on blood at the hospitals, so I went to donate blood at bloodwork northwest! They make sure to keep you 6 feet away from others, and the nurse helping you wears appropriate PPE. It's a safe way to give back and feel like you're making a difference!”
    A Nudger from Seattle
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  7. “Contact your local nursing home and ask if you can send some letters to the residents. (They're all a bit lonely currently, due to not being able to have visitors/activities.) ...”
    A Nudger from Seattle
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  8. “Buy gift certificates from your favorite local businesses to help them while they are temporarily closed. Send them a nice note to let them know you purchased a gift card and that you are looking forward to seeing them again when they re-open.”
    A Nudger from SF
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  9. “Seattle hospitals are so low on masks that they're asking people to make them. If you know how to sew, you can help out by making masks! A pattern is available online. It feels so much better to be doing something to help!”
    A Nudger from Seattle
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  10. “I used a giant sticky note (like how they use in school) and posted it in my complex prompting people to draw, write quotes, or if they needed anything and their apartment number! The response was awesome!”
    A Nudger from SF
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  11. “Tune in to bands playing live on IG and/or FB, and help support them by donating or purchasing albums.”
    A Nudger from Austin
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  12. “Subscribe to BroadwayHD and support the arts while seeing broadway shows in your home!”
    A Nudger from NYC
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  13. Cooking
  14. “If you have any leftover vegetables in your fridge at the end of a long week of hibernation and you don't want them to go bad...pickle them. 1 cup apple cider vinegar, 1 cup water, 1 teaspoon salt and 1 teaspoon sugar. And that's it :-)”
    A Nudger from NYC
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  15. “Virtual baking class with friends! Each person (or the group's best chef) choose a recipe and schedule a day to teach everyone else! Today we baked Blueberry Scones :)”
    A Nudger from NYC
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  16. “Creating my own herbal teas! I've ordered some interesting herbs from the local apothecary and I'm mixing up some delicious and immune boosting blends that I'm sending to all my friends! ...”
    A Nudger from NYC
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  17. “Make Bao! The director of the Pixar short shared their mom's recipe online - Babish from Binging with Babish also has a helpful video where he follows this recipe! ... 😋”
    A Nudger from SF
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  18. "Bake homemade bread! Here's the recipe I used: https://www.modernhoney.com/homemade-bakery-french-bread/ …”
    A Nudger from SF
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  19. “Make fresh stovetop chai with ginger and spices (cardamom, clove, anise, cinnamon... Whatever you want!) Boil the spices in water with a lid on, then add milk towards the end. Top it off with brown sugar or honey if you need some sweetness in your life right now.”
    A Nudger from SF
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  20. “If you live with a guy who you're struggling to convince that meat doesn’t need to be in every meal, have them watch Game Changers on the Netflix. It's the pro-vegan propaganda you need to get him to eat the surplus of canned garbanzo beans in your cabinet.”
    A Nudger from NYC
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  21. “I've been infusing different types of alcohol, have a pear and vodka one in the works as well as a jalapeño tequila. Planning making a fresh mango juice for the tequila to make yummy margaritas when it's ready.”
    A Nudger from SF
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  22. “Made white russians and drank along with the Dude (aka watched Big Lebowski); then when we were sufficiently tipsy - turned on a 90's playlist, turned the lights down and had a dance party in the living room 🎉”
    A Nudger from Seattle
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  23. Games
  24. “I started an online scrabble tournament with 30 of my law school classmates on Scrabble Go! We have a group chat and a bracket and it's been a lot of fun so far with people sharing moves and scores.”
    A Nudger from NYC
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  25. “My friends and I started a virtual video game club. We vote on a game, play it, then hop on Zoom to discuss over some whiskey. Yes, we're nerdy, but you could do this with books or podcasts.”
    A Nudger from SF
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  26. “My friend and I started a shared google doc, we each take turns writing a paragraph of a "fiction" story, but the other person is only allowed to read the last sentence of the previous paragraph. So at the end the story will probably not make any sense, but it's fun!”
    A Nudger from NYC
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  27. “Now’s the perfect time to learn how to solve a Rubik's cube.”
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  28. “... My friend taught me a game called novel where you get a bunch of friends on video chat and switch off picking books to be a part of your game. You only show the cover and back cover of the book and everyone submits what they predict the first sentence of the book is. You then vote on the best answer and see if your guess matches reality. The more cringe the book the better!”
    A Nudger from NYC
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  29. “We tried to slide tissue boxes from down the hall and get them to land under a chair. We called it Tissue Box Curling and it was super fun! We used some swiffers to sweep the "ice". We took turns and each round the closest player got 1pt (if no one was under the chair), partway under the chair got 2pts, and fully under the chair got 3pts. You could also play for fun without points :).”
    A Nudger from NYC
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  30. “Virtual quiz night! One person is the quiz master & everyone joins via google hangouts. Answers are on the honor system since you can't prevent people from googling. Winner gets a Grubhub/postmates credit!”
    A Nudger from Seattle
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  31. Mental health and journaling
  32. “I am keeping calm by turning off news outlets and checking for updates in a very limited way. Although it's incredibly tempting to listen to report after report, the truth is that there are many unknowns, and trustworthy reporters admit that they don't know exactly what will unfold…”
    A Nudger from Seattle
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  33. “Try journaling for the first time! Simple daily prompt: write down 3 things you are grateful for. Research shows it starts to reorient your thinking to look for the positive things that happen in your life!”
    A Nudger from NYC
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  34. “I work as a doctor in one of the hospitals in San Francisco. I start my drive over the bridge in the morning listening to the "Happiness Lab," then pray over my patients for 5 minutes in the parking garage. Finally, I try to think of three things I'm actually grateful for on the walk from the garage through the doors to my cubicle.”
    A Nudger from SF
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  35. “Every morning I "commute" to my WFH. Pop out of the house, walk up & down the street and then back into the house in the mindset of "work time". Starting the day is big for me but so is ending it. When work is over, I take the dogs out for a long walk to end the day.”
    A Nudger from Austin
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  36. “Don't feel like you have to be productive because you have extra time (if you're fortunate enough to). Stressful time, just try to enjoy it as much as you can and do what makes you comfortable.”
    A Nudger from NYC
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  37. “I've started the daily practice of writing down at least 1 thing that I'm grateful for. It sounds a little corny, but it has truly helped me to focus on the positive during these trying times.”
    A Nudger from Austin
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  38. “Do something that will make you feel better, even if just for a little while. For example, I shaved my legs with REAL shaving cream this morning and I feel like a queen. 👸🏼”
    A Nudger from Austin
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  39. “My husband and I are taking turns taking long baths so we get some precious alone time in our studio apartment. I bribed him with fancy bath bombs.”
    A Nudger from SF
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  40. Learning and hobbies
  41. “Take free online courses from Ivy League schools! I made a short selection here.”
    A Nudger from NYC
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  42. “Learn some origami from YouTube tutorials! You can use post-it notes, paper, or even dollar bills.”
    A Nudger from Austin
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  43. “Brit + Co has all of their online classes for free until 3/31 - took a wonderful intro to watercolor class and spent the afternoon painting my plants in the sun!”
    A Nudger from Seattle
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  44. “I signed up for Ancestry.com and started to work on my family tree ... It's great as I get to FaceTime my whole family asking questions and it's a good way to catch up as well and have company.”
    A Nudger from NYC
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  45. “Focus on skincare! I've been able to skip the makeup every day and use my retin-A cream that helps with my skin turnover (bye bye acne scars!) but makes my skin red/peeling. Hard to use regularly when I have to look presentable at work but now no one can see me!”
    A Nudger from NYC
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  46. “Order a paint by number kit! So easy, and takes up a lot of time (I do a little bit every night). I'm no artist but it's so simple that I will have a beautiful painting to commemorate this tough time by :)”
    A Nudger from SF
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  47. “I’ve been using LinkedIn Learning (formerly Lynda) to pick up new skills (photography, video editing, etc...). It’s free with your SFPL card! Also the new Libby app is great for checking out e-books.”
    A Nudger from SF
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  48. Socializing
  49. “My fiance and I are finally talking through the 36 questions that the Nudge sent out! Would be fun to talk through with a friend too.”
    A Nudger from Austin
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  50. “My roommates and I have been intentionally scheduling theme nights to keep us sane while we practice social distancing. One night was "jazzercise night" where we put on 80s-esque workout gear and danced along with those ridiculous videos on YouTube ...“
    A Nudger from Seattle
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  51. “Download the apps to all of your favorite stores with your bff. Go into each store together and add what you like to your cart. When you're done looking around, swap carts and give each other advice on what looks you like and don't like. Formulate a budget and make your final selections to checkout then head to the next store together! Full shopping day from home with your friend! Pro tip: add champagne for a unique at home shopping experience with twice the amount of fun.”
    A Nudger from Austin
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  52. “Schedule time with a friend to go for a jog, but on the phone! Put your headphones in and take off, keeping a conversational pace you can chat as if you were running together down the west side highway - it makes the time fly by and you get some fresh air!”
    A Nudger from NYC
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  53. “I'm creating a virtual 5K with friends across the country - we're picking a cause to donate $20/each to, then we'll run a 5k in our own cities on the same day. Then celebrate over Zoom after, naturally.”
    A Nudger from SF
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  54. “Rearrange your partner/roomate’s belongings when they aren’t around and record the reaction when they notice.”
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  55. “Blame all roommate issues on an imaginary roommate named Cheryl.”
    A Nudger from Austin
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Btw, we also created a list of at-home workout options (yoga, HIIT, etc). Get it here.