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Make the most out of this time at home with 5 good habits for life

We’ve all seen the posts on social media. Some people are baking bread from scratch, doing daily yoga, learning a new language, and organizing every room in their house—all before 9 a.m. If you’re not that ambitious, but still want to do something productive with your time, here are some ideas to help you get started.
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1.  Become a presentation maestro.
We’ve all been asked to give a presentation at some point. And while any form of public speaking can be daunting for some people, you can now get personalized tips on how to give more effective presentations with presenter coach in PowerPoint. Presenter Coach evaluates your pacing, use of filler words and informal speech, identifies potential sensitive verbiage, and more, giving you a summary report at the conclusion of your rehearsal. Start testing your presentation skills now for free in PowerPoint for the web and become a presentation maestro.  

2.  Manage your money better.
If you’ve had changes in your job, or are spending more on food (or toilet paper) than usual, you may be interested in managing your budget more carefully. Or maybe you’ve been meaning to create a budget for a while, but haven’t gotten around to it yet. Take this opportunity to focus on your personal finance journey with better tracking of how you’re spending your money. Whether you’re looking for help with familypersonal, or wedding budgeting or even tracking college expenses, there are plenty of free templates to choose from and you can use them with Excel for the web for free.

3.  Start writing that best-seller (or simply capture your daily musings).
Maybe you’ve always wanted to write a book or screenplay, start a food blog, or capture the day’s memories for the future. Simply launch Microsoft Word on your desktop (or the free online version) and get started quickly. Feeling a little rusty? Microsoft Editor is there for you with basic grammar and spell-check assistance. If or when you’re ready, you can share your writing with others for feedback or for fun. There are benefits to writing regularly—it can be therapeutic and it can pay personally or professionally to be a better writer. Looking for tips to get started? Check out helpful videos on Bing.

4.  Keep moving.
Some days (maybe most days) it feels good to curl up on the couch and binge-watch your favorite TV show after a long day. But studies show that regular movement is not only good for your body, it’s also good for your mind. For some, it can be difficult to get started, and even harder to sustain. Whether your goals are weight loss or to get moving a certain number of times per week, commit to a routine with an exercise planner that includes tabs to track weight and repetitions. Pressed for inspiration or space? Bing can help with workout ideas or exercises that don’t require equipment. Tracking your progress regularly will keep you motivated and it’s a great feeling to get closer to reaching your wellness goals.

5.  Get organized today, and create a list for tomorrow.
It can be hard to feel productive, with what feels like a million things demanding your attention every day. Whether you’re using this extended time indoors to fix things around the house, making your next shopping list, catching up on your must-watch movies, or daydreaming about all the places you want to travel to one day, creating a to-do list can help keep your thoughts in order. Star the most important tasks, and enjoy the satisfaction each time.

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