There’s literally no better time than the present to work on improving yourself.
So, I’ve put together some ideas to hopefully help you use this time for some good self-improvement (instead of worrying yourself to death about the state of the world).
Here are some ways to use this strongly recommended “downtime” wisely.
A brief intro for you (just scroll down a little to get straight to the tips)
If you’ve struggled with finding time to work on your self-growth and personal development, well here we are!
Use this stuck at home and bored time to tap in again to who you are, to where you are in life, and where you want to be.
You can do this by setting some time apart to reflect on each aspect of your life.
The aspects that will be discussed in this article are:
- your relationship
- and career and work stuff
I’ve really been brainstorming where all this is headed when it comes to career and work life. I’ve come up with some great tips that I’m including below.
The best thing I’ve identified for me, though, is to just try to be as helpful as possible.
So, what is it for you?
Did you make any goals at the beginning of the year?
Review them. Where do you stand at the end of this first quarter? What do you need to do to make sure you get there by the end of the year?
If you haven’t set any goals, well. Now is a great time to do so!
Read some great self-improvement books on your downtime to help get you to the next level.
Working on yourself while you’re stuck at home and bored will absolutely give you a leg up for when the world gets back to normal.
1. Find out who you really are right now
I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again and again.
Getting clear about my purpose helped me to resolve so many of my depression and anxiety issues.
Knowing your purpose in life is linked to increased happiness and health, overall.
If you’re looking for things to do while you’re stuck at home and bored, or have some extra time on your hands, I just don’t think there’s anything better.
2. Fine-tune work stuff
Here are some ways you can get ahead with your career right now:
- You gotta always get clear on where it is you want to go. Without that, you just don’t have direction and will sway any which way the wind blows. Get clear first.
- After you know where you want to go, work backward. What are the big concrete steps you need to take to get there? For example, if it’s a promotion you want, do you need to get in front of your Supervisor more frequently? Do you need to schedule some lunches with the Director to talk about your big ideas and great accomplishments?
- Write down the big things you’ve done around the office. Bonus points for things you weren’t asked to do. This will come in handy down the road for any career goal you’re looking to achieve.
- If you’ve identified that you’d like to transition out, start compiling a list of companies you’d love to work for, and start submitting once we get over this hump.
- Get on LinkedIn and stalk some folks. Not literally, of course. But put on a few search filters and see who works for your ideal companies. Reach out now! No harm in trying to build some solid relationships during this time that might put you ahead later on.
I think the main point for job and work stuff is to try your best to think outside of the box.
Do things that most other people probably aren’t doing. Find emails, ask questions, jump in on conversations.
Put yourself out there right now. You literally have nothing to lose.
3. Iron out the relationship kinks
Oh. My. GAWSH. This is a big one right now.
A lot of us are experiencing being at home with our spouses and partners again for extended periods of time.
And it might be driving you nuts! It’s completely understandable, and you’re not alone.
But what a great time to work out any kinks that are sure to show up around this isolated time with nothing much to do?
I’m not a relationship expert by any means, and this is not something I usually write about, but here are some great ideas that I’ve been trying out with my boo:
- Put some space between the anger and the talk to cool down and allow for logic to come in.
- Keep up with your own interests.
- Cook with each other.
- Smack each other’s butts!
- Talk to each other about whatever. My favorite time to do this right now is on our long family drives.
- Be creative with a lil date or just have some fun silly time to laugh and enjoy.
- Send cute text messages even though they’re literally right across the room.
If you’re single right now, have a virtual date!
A friend of mine just had one, and he said it actually went quite well. It’s worth a go!
4. Get grounded
It’s easy to get swept up in the anxiety of it all during these stressful times.
With everything around us being so uncertain, it’s more important than ever to get grounded.
What I mean by this is tap back into your spirituality, whatever that means for you.
It’s time to get grounded if you’re feeling more and more disconnected from your own thoughts, your own feelings, and if your anxiety is at an all-time high.
This part isn’t going to be for everyone, and I recognize that.
But it doesn’t take away from the necessity of it.
Getting reconnected spiritually is equally, if not more important, than connecting with others.
So, there you have it!
I hope these stuck at home and bored tips help to really focus on uplifting and upleveling during this crazy time.
Have you tried any of these suggestions? Any that you’d recommend?
Always be happy,