It’s Time to Increase Your Value
How to Use Your Time Wisely & Come Out of Quarantine Stronger Than Ever
People are trapped at home during the nationwide quarantine. Most of us only get outside for quick grocery runs, certain types of exercise (as long as we’re practicing social distancing), and emergencies. Other than that, we’re somewhat stuck. I’ve talked to a lot of people, and it seems like there are two groups: The individuals who sleep, eat junk, play video games, and binge Netflix, and the ones who actually use this time proactively to improve themselves. I’m not knocking teenagers and college students, either. It’s literally everyone I’ve talked to that can be neatly put into one of the above categories!
To the first group, I say, I get it! I really do. Every day the news reports are grim. We’re being told conflicting information, but none of it’s good. So I get the inclination to lay in bed and wonder when the hell the world will ever go back to normal. It’s overwhelming.
I have found that the people in group two actually feel the same way. It’s just that they don’t sit idly by and wait for the big, bad virus to get them. Maybe it will, maybe it won’t. But the reality is we’re probably all going to be fine. Things will go back to normal soon, and wouldn’t it be nice if we could all say we came out of this quarantine smarter, stronger, more valuable, and better prepared for our futures?
Here are 7 ideas from people I actually know who are using this crazy shut-in to INCREASE their value, so that someday they can achieve their dreams, make more money, and be a more powerful asset to society…
1. WORK ON YOUR RESUME: Jason said, “I got laid off a couple weeks ago. I’ll get unemployment, and that extra $600 a week the government is giving is great…but I can’t just sit around waiting for unemployment to end. So I’m tweaking my resume. I’m doing online searches for how to make my resume stand out from the rest of the stack of applications.”
2. APPLY FOR JOBS: Some of you might be in school, but anyone over sixteen (fifteen with a work permit) can stand to benefit from working even a part-time job. Taylor said, “I don’t want a huge gap on my resume once things go back to normal. I work in a restaurant that is closed right now, but there are still lots of places hiring. When I graduate and look for more of a career-type job, I don’t want to try and explain why I sat idle for months. I’d rather show that I took the initiative to find whatever work I could during a tough time in our country.”
3. READ CHALLENGING BOOKS & ARTICLES: Kelly said, “They say the more you read, the better you’ll write. I tend to suck at English-related projects and papers, so I’m using this time to challenge myself and read 2 books every week. When I come across a word I don’t know, I stop and look it up. I feel like my spelling and vocabulary are already improving after just a couple weeks!”
4. START AN ONLINE BUSINESS: Ashley told me she’s using this time to build her YouTube channel. “I started a YouTube channel last year, but haven’t been consistent with it because I’ve been so busy. Now that I’m home all the time, I try to post new content twice a week. My channel has already gained 100 followers in the past two weeks. I know that’s not much, but I only had 50 followers when I started taking this more seriously.”
5. SET SOME CHALLENGING GOALS: Mark said, “I always have goals in mind, but I wrote down my top two last week. I’ve been actively working every day to keep those two as my primary focus. One is to write a book, and two is to workout more. So every day, I write 1,000 words without exception. This is the year I’m going to do it! I also lift weights four times a week. I don’t feel like doing it a lot of the time, but out of all of my goals, it made the ‘top 2” list, so I make myself do it regardless of how I feel.”
6. STEP UP YOUR CURRENT SKILLS: Matt says, “I am in school to become a journalist. Instead of just watching news clips and daydreaming, I have reached out to some of my favorite TV news anchors and asked if I could ask them some questions. I didn’t think anyone would get back to me, but a couple of them already have. It was so cool emailing them my questions and getting answers. Even stuck at home, I’m getting hands-on learning from some of the people who are already masters at what I hope to do someday!”
7. HELP SOMEBODY: Jackson said, “I pick up groceries for old people in my city. I figured I have a car that works and I’m healthy, so why not? It gets me out of the house and all I have to do is wait in my car for the store employee to bring me the bags and put them in my trunk. My sister makes masks out of old clothing she was going to donate. So I throw a mask in for each customer, too. It makes me feel like at least I’m doing something during this weird time.”
Those are just a few ways you can become a better YOU during the quarantine. You could also learn conversational Spanish (or French or Mandarin!), have your grandfather teach you a card game, learn to play piano online...If you’re proactive, and not afraid of a little hard work, you’ll be able to walk out of this Coronavirus quarantine with more purpose, more value, and better prepared to face your future.