We get it: it’s fantastic to save the world by staying home. And yet, if you didn’t quarantine with a plan (and who can blame you?), it’s hard deciding your next career or business move amid a situation like this.
However, this is possibly the rarest and greatest chance to zoom in and hyperfocus on nailing one thing. With all the clutter cut out of your life, and without putting too much pressure on yourself, the next month could be an excellent time to pick up a new skill or habit. Like Scott Adams, the creator of Dilbert says, combining diverse, above-average skills effectively could even be better than trying to be the best in the world at one single thing.
Plus, who knows! You might pick up the meta-habit of building new habits… and it’s all smooth sailing from there.
Lifestyle guru Tim Ferriss quotes meditation as the most important skill he’s developed, as well as saying that it’s the one thing he wished he’d picked up earlier in life. There are many benefits to meditating often, and scientists have linked this practice to many mental and physical benefits, one of them being an immunologic response boost.
If you’re interested in meditation, we can recommend this free beginners course.
#2: Writing well.
Writing is always good, but not all writing is good writing!
Everyone can write, but writing at a professional standard is rare even among very intelligent people. The truth is, writing is a muscle that you need to build, and most good writing is actually a result of heavy editing. Being able to communicate ideas in written form seamlessly will open many doors for you, and can even empower you to structure your thinking.
Two great resources we can recommend are the book “On Writing Well” and the Freemium App Grammarly, which has saved us many hours and considerably improved every one of our articles.
#3: Public speaking
Sounds counterintuitive to try and learn public speaking while locked in your house?
Under normal circumstances, yes, it could be. However, if you’re significantly shy or just getting started in the public speaking world, this could be the perfect time for you to start building the muscle slowly. There are worldwide clubs for practising public speaking, such as Toastmasters, and, with the coronavirus outbreak, most of them have shifted to an online dynamic. These organisations are always friendly and welcoming to new members, and you could start by attending meetings from your couch before joining in real life once the emergency state has cleared out. Check out their site for their club directory to find the one closest to you!
#4: Tidying your online presence
Sadly, many people around the world will continue to lose their jobs due to the economic uncertainty of the last months. There is an overdemand of online/freelance jobs, and many of us have realised that we haven’t updated our LinkedIn profiles since 2017.
Whether you’re in the tough situation of having to look for a job or have a steady income source, take this as an opportunity to tidy up your online profiles. Also, make a point to keep them updated, and have a plan for you to do it. This could continue to bring opportunities in the future that you might not even be looking for right now!
#5: Social media management
Part jokingly, part seriously, but… if you’re wasting a lot of time in social media these days, why not at least get paid for it? Regardless of your industry, knowing how to handle social media professionally is a skill that’s relatively easy to attain (there are tons of sites about it, like OkDork and incrementally needed.
You can take social media as seriously as you want, using it for fun or even to launch a career or business. There is unlimited potential to these tools, and adding a new skill to your arsenal, like we said, can’t hurt.
We hope this list has helped you start a new hobby… or even kickstarted a new profession!