It’s not uncommon for people who are stuck in offices to dream of being allowed to spend more time at home. Now, however, with so many of us having been requested to do exactly that, a lot of us are finding that it’s not as easy as it first seemed. There is, of course, a difference between staying home because you have to, and doing it because you want to – and now that we are being advised not to make unnecessary trips, that Holy Grail now looks like a poisoned chalice.
If you’re getting a little stir crazy, then it’s worth reflecting on how you can productively use the time at home when you’re not working. One smart option might be to work on gaining, or polishing, a skill you’ve always wanted to use. By the time you’re able to enjoy the outside world again, you could be facing it with a new qualification, or simply a talent, tucked away for use when you need it.
Plan your next holiday and brush up on a language (or two)
Holidays are something of a no-no when you’re not making unnecessary trips – so if you have the travel bug, times like these can be some of the worst. It won’t be like this forever, of course, so a good way to keep occupied is to plan a real holiday for a time when you have the chance to take it. In addition, the months between now and then offer the ultimate opportunity to gain some language skills; you can pay for a course online, or use one of many free apps which are an excellent way of gaining the basics.
Burn off some energy, and consider a change of career
Not going out much means large grocery deliveries, and a lot of food in the house means the temptation for a lot of food on the plate. If you’re at risk of overindulging, you’ll know the struggle of so many others in the same position – and there is an excellent chance to redirect your career towards helping those people. While you’re at home, take the chance to have a regular keep-fit routine – and meanwhile consider an online nutrition course which could help in a career as a nutritionist or personal trainer in the future.
Learn a musical instrument – or “another” musical instrument
How many of us have said in the past “I wish I could make music – if I had the time I’d love to learn a musical instrument”? For those of us who have just had a there-and-back commute removed from our daily routine, there is now at least a little extra time that we could put into mastering the guitar, learning the piano or picking up a wind instrument. It’s true that musical instruments don’t come cheap – and we’re not suggesting you should invest in a baby grand piano just to take up a hobby! – but if you can get a good deal online then you could get to work building that skill once and for all.
In recent times, most of us have found ourselves with extra time to use, so there has really never been a better time to add a skill or two to our armory – the above are just a few examples.