Working from home has become the new normal for us today. As a result, adapting to this new lifestyle has also been a challenge. Alex, a sales professional, reached out to me about just how much his plans for the year had changed due to the pandemic. He had hoped to get a new job and work towards his financial goals during the first half of the year but found this close to impossible. With no end in sight yet, he has been left feeling frustrated and disheartened.
Like Alex, you have most likely found yourself in a similar situation. You could have been looking to start a business, get a new job, or even better, get that promotion at your place of work. With everything that is happening around the world, this has not been possible.
However, the good news is that there a few things you can do now, as the world prepares to get back to normal, eventually.
Here is what you can do to ensure you make the most of this time and come out of this period prepared:
1. Learn a new skill
Liz lost her job as a result of this pandemic. To keep herself busy while preparing for her next job, she decided to take up a short course in digital marketing. This, she says, has been helpful for her. Although she may not use the skills now, she knows they will come in handy.
Challenge yourself to hone new skills and expand your knowledge by taking up short online courses.
Whether you want to become better at your job or simply understand the fundamentals of your area of expertise, there are numerous short courses you could register for.
For example, you could beef up your public speaking skills by taking up our upcoming public speaking online course. Better yet, take some time to register for our upcoming free online Emotional Intelligence course, and ultimately add credentials to your CV.
You could also read a book about a new topic.
Truth is, by the time you are getting back to work, learning and development may not be something you have time for. So do it now!
2. Update your CV
Updating your CV is one of those tasks that takes a long time to do, especially because, after you have done it, you need time to look through it to check for mistakes.
Well, this period is a good time to look through your CV and add all your recent positions while removing all the old outdated ones. Also, click here and take advantage of our free CV review service and get to hear from our CV writing professionals, regarding your CV. It’s free for a limited time.
Even if you don’t end up needing these resources anytime soon, it’s still a good idea to have your CV reviewed, updated, and ready for use in your next job application.
3. Review your life
When you are busy, it is easy to focus on your next project and neglect long-term planning. Therefore, consider using some of this time you have to learn more about yourself, strategize where necessary, and declutter other aspects of your life.
This way, you will be able to reflect on what you have or where you are at, what you would like to develop or where you want to be, and how to get there.
4. Build on relationships
Lots of people are working from home and will be for the foreseeable future. This pandemic provides a great opportunity to check in with people who perhaps you’ve been meaning to talk to. You can ask them how they’re doing if they’re working from home and even what the situation looks like wherever they’re at.
This might not be the best time to ask someone for coffee, considering the general advice towards social distancing, but quickly touching base with someone to check in on their health and safety is a thoughtful thing to do and a great way to stay on the radar of those who are close to you.
5. Take care of your health
Lastly, don’t neglect your physical and mental health. Meditate. Do jumping jacks in your living room. Practice yoga. Whatever it is that works for you, do what it takes to care for your body and mind.
Staying at home for extended periods can be a challenge. So wash your hands, regularly wipe down the things you touch frequently, and try to use the time to accomplish something productive. Stay safe!