The Covid-19 pandemic may have caused you disruptions from your normal day to day activities. You may have been forced to remain in your home for longer hours because of the lockdown and travel restrictions. Some of you may have been forced to work from home since businesses are scaling down their activities in the office.
However, it is not all doom. You can use these adjustments to your benefit. There many ways for you to remain productive during this time. Here are some of the things you should consider doing to get the best out of this Covid 19 lockdown and work from home scenarios.
1. Keep Yourself Informed
Now that you are at home, make good use of this opportunity to get back to those articles, books, and journals you have not read. You may not have had the opportunity to do this while you would work normally.
Remember those books that you’ve wanted to read and never had the opportunity to do so. Find some time and revisit them. Now is also the time to keep up to date with scholarly publications from your field of specialty. You will stay up to date with new trends and advancements in your work field.
2. Attend Virtual Meetings
Many business and organisations have very few or no physical meetings. Several organisations have shifted to virtual events such as webinars and conferences offered by platforms such as google meet and zoom.
You can attend these virtual meetings in the comfort of your home without worrying about travel and other logistics. Take advantage of this new meeting to attend those webinars and conferences relevant to your field. |You will learn a lot from them and even get the opportunity to engage with leaders from your field.
3. Revisit Your Unfinished Projects
Perhaps you may have started on a project, and you never finished it. Take this time to get back to that shelved project and work on it. A new perspective might come up now that you have changed your normal working environment.
Try to look for newer publications related to your project and see if you can adjust a thing or two. You may also decide to collect another set of data and research it. You may come out with the best ideas for your project in the long run.
4. Take an Online Course
Take advantage of this time that you are at home to learn something new. There are several online courses available for you ranging from business, IT, language, to mention a few.
For instance, you may decide to take a certificate IV in information technology networking online. This course will equip you with skills and knowledge in various IT roles. You can learn how to configure, secure and test servers and networks, and provide systems management assistance, repair and troubleshooting. If you want to be skilful in networking and cyber security, this certificate could be perfect for you.
5. Expand Your Professional network
Social media platforms can be a good avenue for you to meet like-minded people who will help you grow in your career. You should join professional communities on LinkedIn and other forums. These platforms help you address business issues, hold critical talks regarding your specialty field, and share ideas.
You may also decide to look for a professional recruiter. These professional recruiters may help you land a job easier than when you do it independently. These staffing agencies may guide you on improving your chances of landing that job you desire.
6. Improve Your Writing Skills
You may have realised that you have many writings about working from home. These could be email, letters and other manuscripts. Perhaps you may not have focused on your writing. Take this time that you are at home to polish your writing skills.
You may decide to dedicate a good amount of your time, maybe in the early, mornings and focus on writing. You may have professional writers to look at your work and even editors at your workplace. If you are a PhD student, now is the right time to work on that research paper.
7. Get Yourself a Mentor
While you are advancing in your career, you need to have a mentor to guide you. Do not let travel restrictions and a ban on physical gatherings drag you back. Make sure you are in constant communication with your mentor.
You can use video conferencing tools to discuss your progress and seek your mentor’s guidance. If you are looking for a mentor, consider platforms like LinkedIn, which offers a great way to meet new like-minded people.
All said and done; you can get the best out of this pandemic despite the share of difficulties that come with it. Consider some of these options to help you skill up during this time.