Many of us around the world have been told to bunker down in our houses and limit social contact during the Coronavirus pandemic, which is unnatural for humans, but essential. Aside from the worries about our physical health and the news around the world there is a larger toll this will take on all of our mental health.
A three-week break might seem like a short break, but as most of us will not be doing what we usually do, the time might pass by a lot slower than usual.
The three-week lockdown is not necessarily a bad thing if you structure your 21 days to empower yourself. Structure not only helps to organise time but also assists with the anxiety you might feel from time to time.
Write down goals for your 21-days
Most of us made new years resolutions that never realized, and if you didn’t, now is the time to start setting your goals not only for these 21 days but also for the days after the lockdown has been lifted. This is the perfect time to revaluate those goals and to see what you have achieved and what you want to change to fit your current path.
Setting goals will help you visualize life after the coronavirus and help you prioritize the coming months. Relook your list and revise as necessary. Remember to include professional goals, personal projects and things that you want to do with friends and family.
Keeping a schedule
It is fine to take a day or two to rest but don’t get too comfortable. Keeping a schedule is one way to stay productive and focused. Treat this time as your “work hours” and try to continue to start your day early as you will be likely to get more done. Ensure that you keep up with day to day tasks as this will ensure to supress the possibility of becoming depressed or inactive.
It is important to remember that this lockdown and the pandemic will pass and that this isn’t a permanent state. This lockdown can affect us all, the key is to know how to get past the stress and make the most out of this temporary situation.
Most importantly you must avoid procrastination. The reality is that eventually we all have to return to our normal routine and benefit or lose out on any effort we put in during the lockdown. If you start putting things off or making excuses, you will soon notice that you didn’t reach any goals after the lockdown has been lifted. So, plan your next move and get started.
It is important to find a way to balance your time with things that will help you to reach your goals.
A good productive tip is that many of us don’t have the time to organise our inbox. Spend 15-20 minutes a day deleting and filing your emails. You will be amazed at how much you can lighten your inbox in a small amount of time.
Brush up on your skills or learn a new skill
Many people learn a lot of skills while studying or during a position but as we grow and receive promotions, we stop using certain skills that make us forget that we had those skills to start off with. A forgotten skill could also be a language that you only partially spoke and never became fluent. Thanks to many free sites, you can take free classes from the convenience of your couch that will help you revive those skills.
As technology evolves, so do skills needed for positions. If you specialise in a specific area, google the skills other people who specialise in the same area as you have. This is the perfect time for you to upskill yourself. Another option is, if you have a friend or a colleague who is proficient in the subject to ask them to teach you or advise where they would advise you start. Many institutions offer free training so do your research before paying.
On the other hand, if you want to take a turn with your career path, you might need to update your skills and qualifications. This could be the perfect time to evaluate your future plans and start setting goals to achieve them.
Take a course
Just like training and certificates, taking a course is a very good way to keep yourself sharp and upskilled during this quiet period. Most courses can be completed online from the convenience of your house. Although a paid course from an educational institution is good, don’t underestimate the free courses available online.
Take this time to come up with new ideas. Whether it is an idea for a marketing campaign, new revenue stream, or a way that you can save costs in your business or in your budget. Trying to think about new ideas stimulates your imagination and your mental abilities.
Update your social presence
Most of us don’t have time to update our CV’s and social media profiles. In business, social media platforms like LinkedIn are essential for successful networking and social contact with likeminded individuals and business professionals. Take some time to update your profiles with all your new skills, education and experience.
Thankfully we are fortunate to be able to network socially without physical contact. Although we interact via social media, business is still reliant on knowing the right people. A good network can allow you to know about new business, a new job opening, or it could help you to get word out about your product, talent and skillset.
It is important to remember you can’t just keep creating new connections, but you also need to nurture the existing ones. Catch up with people in your network and talk to colleagues you might not have talked to in a while. By maintaining good relationships with your connections, you will be more likely to bear the fruit of your efforts.
Being approached with a business proposal or a CV from someone in the company to the manager is more likely to be noticed. Build and expand your network of contacts through social media as well as friends, family and professional contacts you are in contact with.
Keep up to date with news
There is a lot going on in the world at the moment. Schedule free time for yourself to keep up with current topics and statistics. Not only will it make your small talk more meaningful, but it will make you a more informed person. Ensure that the information doesn’t distract or derail you from your schedule.
Take care of your mental health
We are all facing the same challenges and this pandemic has a massive impact on our mental health, some might be more affected but even if you don’t notice it, it might have an impact on you too. Talk through your feelings with a friend or your partner, write about them in a journal, or whatever you need to do to ensure you process any distresses.
Take care of yourself physically
Instead of stocking up on sugary and unhealthy food items, rather stock up on fruit, veggies and real wholesome food, it won’t only be cheaper but healthier too. Some fitness coaches are giving online video classes but if you didn’t belong to a gym before the lockdown, this might be the perfect time to get yourself in shape. Carve out time in your diary to do some exercise, a simple walk around the house for 30 minutes will have a massive improvement in your fitness level after the lockdown has been lifted.
Finally, Take time for yourself
Schedule time in your diary to do something you haven’t had time to do or something you have always wanted to do. Whether it is writing, painting, baking or anything else that brings you joy, let yourself take time to enjoy it. Just make sure that you stick to your schedule and don’t let the fun things come between you and your goals.