As the COVID-19 pandemic sweeps the world, there is a big chunk of people that are dealing with concerns, such as the health of family, friends, or even themselves. But for those free of illness and related burdens, and stuck at home, what do you do with your time? Here are some ideas for people who suddenly find themselves working in the new normal structure.
Take Care of Yourself
As a first step of succeeding the new normal is don’t neglect your physical and mental health. Meditate and exercise. Whatever it is that works for you, do what it takes to care for your body and mind.
Promote your Work Online
Consider devoting time to a bit of marketing. Does your personal website need updating? Have you been meaning to set up a Twitter profile and learn what hashtags are? Would you like to write a popular article? Or create a YouTube video about your perspective? If so, this might be the perfect time to wiggle your way out from underneath the rock you’ve been living under and find new avenues for connecting with other content creators and sharing your work.
Think About your Career Plans
Consider using some of your homebound time to learn more about yourself and your career options. You could read a book about career planning, test out career options with online job platforms. These things will help you reflect on the skills you have, brainstorm skills you’d like to develop and think about where you see yourself headed in the future.
Conduct Informational Interviews
If you have a few ideas about jobs that might interest you, then take this time to reach out to professionals who currently hold those jobs. In the new normal, it’s not appropriate to ask them to meet up for coffee. But you can ask them for a quick phone call or Video chat. The reality is that the people whom you’d like to speak with may be working from home too. What’s more, they might be itching for more social contact. So, informational interviews could be a good way to break isolation, learn about someone’s career, and build a network, while still keeping a distance.
Learn a New Skill
Start acquiring knowledge. Read a book about a new topic or circle back to that online course that you never finished. Empower yourself with educational platforms. Checkout Podcasts, Online Channels, and Web pages that can upgrade your knowledge bank.
The new normal is literally and figuratively new to us. However, it is not an excuse for us to spend time wisely and productively. So, grab something and tinkle your way to greatness.