If you’ve been reading my email newsletters from the past couple of weeks, you can probably tell that I don’t support the idea that we have to be “on” 24/7, and that taking time for ourselves is absolutely crucial.
You don’t have to turn every single hobby into a side hustle, and you should absolutely be taking time for yourself outside of your work.
However, I do believe that we can do things that are work-adjacent to further improve our skills, network with similar businesses, and be the first to know about trends and updates our industry.
Not only will this learning benefit you, oftentimes, they can be FUN!
When you put so much pressure on yourself to be “on” all the time, it can be easy to lose interest in your business or job and lose the passion that led you to start it in the first place.
With all the global availability to learning via the internet, there are a variety of learning opportunities for you to explore!
One of my favorites is to attend virtual conferences/summits. These are typically multiple day virtual events with speakers who are subject matter experts in your industry, and they usually have other networking components like a Facebook group, to connect with other professionals.
A perfect example of this was our recent Building & Scaling Your Virtual Team summit, with 25+ experts speaking on different topics related to maximizing your virtual team and business. If you missed it, you can still watch the entire summit HERE!
No matter what type of conference or summit you choose, these events are a wonderful opportunity to connect with like minded individuals and learn from the experts.
Some may be live webinars and some may allow you to watch them on-demand, at your own pace. Also, since everything is virtual due to COVID-19, you can network like a pro from the comfort of your own home!
Another thing we can do during this time is work on our professional skills.
No matter what industry you are in, there is surely a variety of skills you can brush up on or begin learning to continue your personal development journey.
If you’re a great copywriter, maybe take a class on the basics of graphic design. If you build websites, maybe a class on learning more about marketing and branding your services would be useful.
Skillshare is a great resource to start with, and they have hundreds of classes that you can take using their Free tier.
I fully support life-long learning and these things can help you become a more well-rounded professional.
I encourage you to take part in some sort of continued learning during this time, even if it is just 30 minutes a week. Let’s start to redefine what “being productive” feels like.
No matter what you choose, I wish you the best in your journey and endeavors!
Here's To Your Growth,
Kate is an INFJ-3 on the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator and Enneagram.