To help prevent the spread of the coronavirus known as COVID-19, the president and top healthcare officials recommend that we spend the next 15 days practicing social distancing.
If you’re trying to reach your career-related goals, the idea of spending the next 15 days with no face-to-face contact with anyone who lives outside your home may be enough to make you break into a cold sweat.
Maybe you’re in school and, as a result of the virus, classes have been delayed. Or perhaps, like me, you own a business and fear that too much downtime is going to hurt you financially.
Regardless of where you are on your professional journey, this social distancing period doesn’t have to limit your ability to be productive.
With that in mind, here are a few things you can start doing today so the next 15 days actually helps you advance professionally versus hurting your career.
#1: Catch Up on Your Webinars
I subscribe to a couple of organizations that send me notifications when a new webinar is released. The problem is, when you’re busy with school, work, or growing a business, it can be difficult to find time to watch webinars designed to make you more proficient in your field.
That makes the next two weeks a good opportunity for catching up on these videos, enabling you to put the information they provide to good use once we begin to return to “business as usual.”
#2: Take Online Courses
One thing that can put you ahead of your competitors is to have advanced knowledge in a certain area.
Now that you have a bit of time on your hands, why not take an online course to learn a specialization in your field? Some sites offer this type of training free with the understanding that you can take the course but won’t receive your certification.
Depending on the classes you choose, you may even be able to take a few over the next couple of weeks. For example, Coursera offers a variety of online courses you can finish in a day. I’ve taken a few on this platform and find it easy to use.
#3: Read Business Books
If you’re more a reader than a video-watcher, now is a good time to download a few business books on your e-reader and learn effective ways to build and grow your business.
Amazon has a ton of books available. Not sure which are best? The top 100 bestsellers in business and money is a great place to start if you don’t already have a book in mind.
#4: Sit Quietly and Brainstorm
Sometimes being productive requires giving your brain enough downtime to actually think. Since you’re likely to be less distracted over the next 15 days, set aside an hour or so to sit quietly and brainstorm your professional goals.
Once you have a clearer idea of what it is you want from your career, come up with the steps you need to take to achieve those goals. Next, put these steps into an actionable plan so once social distancing is over, you know exactly what to do to get where it is want to be.
Any ideas I’ve missed? If so, feel free to share them in the comment section below. I’m all about being as productive as I can, even when it feels as if the rest of the world is shutting down.
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