By Olamide Omolawon
The world seems to be at a standstill with everything going on with COVID 19. In light of this, this is a good time to re-energize and refresh yourselves. Following our previous post about tips on maintaining good mental health during the COVID-19 pandemic, we thought to share another post on how to stay productive. Especially for those who would like to use this time to grow or develop new skills.
Firstly, do not feel pressured to do anything “productive” during this lockdown. If coping and staying sane and safe is what is important to you, then do just that, look after yourself. This is an unusual time for everyone and everything is strange so being productive will take a level of mental capacity that not everyone will have. If all you can do is just get by, that’s more than enough productivity.
Let’s be brutally honest, It is going to take a while before the world gets back to normal especially here in the UK, looking at 6 months or so now. You are most likely bored out of your mind or you might still be working, probably even longer hours. This period might however be a good time to brush off on buried skills or learn new ones or do nothing!. And with the age of the internet, there is no stopping what or where you can learn from.
Here are some ideas:
- Linkedin Learning is a great platform that offers different skills or courses ranging from digital marketing, project management, video editing or improving your presentation skills. All this for £24.98 per month which is included in your Linkedin Premium package. If it is your first time, you get a free 1-month trial. So a great way to start.
- Another platform similar to Linkedin Learning is Udemy, which offer different courses for as low as £9.99 or you could try Reed
- Now that you have learnt all these new skills, you are probably looking for ways to try them out, you can join Fiverr, People per Hour or Upwork and use your new skills to make some money in the meantime.
- Social Media is everything nowadays and having great content is great with the added bonus of great quality design of the content. There are many websites that can be used to improve your content designs. My favourite is Canva. With Canva, you do not need to know anything about graphic design to use it and there are many templates to choose from. You can also try Made With Over or Spark from Adobe
- Maybe there is a course you have always wanted to do or perhaps thought about going back to school but never had the time, universities offer many online courses or part-time courses This option might be the hardest to get started at the moment with the closures of universities and schools. However, the open university is still open for new course registrations, or you could browse through the university of your choice and see what they currently offer. This is more long term so consider everything carefully before signing up.
- Youtube is a wonderful platform and I have learnt a lot from browsing through, either by accident or because I was looking for something. I am a visual learner and this is where Youtube helps me a lot. You can also learn to cook new dishes, makeup tutorials, play a new instrument (if you have it at home). The possibilities are endless
- This is a great time to finish what you started – what is that side hustle or project you have abandoned and did not have time for, well here is the time for it. Even if it is a book you started reading 6 months ago, now you can finish it and start a new one.
- You can also start your own blog, podcast or youtube channel (think long term) or write that book. This is the time you have to create the content you have always wanted to. Don’t overthink it, just start. If you need help with ideas or how to start you can contact me and I will be more than happy to brainstorm with you and guide you.
- Lastly, you can Rest – take the time to actually relax and rest, let yourself enjoy what is around you, be it your family or friends. Be grateful for life and take the time to be reflective. Watch your favourite series or movies, talk to those around you. Do some self care, get to know yourself and to be at peace with your mind. Sometimes all you need to do is just rest and not be thinking about the next thing you can do.
We appreciate all of our key workers who are on the frontline to keep us all safe and fed. Stay at home and help stop the virus from spreading and wash your hands.
Do let us know if you are doing anything from this list or something you find out on your own. Tag us in your post or use the #BXNathome on Instagram
Stay Well and Stay Safe.