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How can you use this time of self isolation wisely during the COVID-19 global pandemic and come out of this crisis better than how you came into it?

It's funny how there are times I look forward to a quiet day at home with no outside distractions, meetings, or errands. And being an extroverted introvert, I eased right into the self isolation of a quarantine stemming from the COVID-19 pandemic. It is natural for me to work from home and I enjoy being self reliant and working on my own, yet I also love meeting my team at our local cowering space.

But even introverts need and enjoy community and collaboration - after all humans are social creatures. This global crisis has let to a government led stay at home order for non essential businesses and has led many to be isolated. Spending a lot of time in solitude can be frightening for some and this is why its so important to keep in touch with people in one way or another. Is there a way we to use this period of isolation for personal growth and build even better human connections?

How can we use our time wisely and come out of this situation possibly better than how you came into it?

Acceptance and Self Reflection

We can't change what's happening, we can only change our perspective and do our part to protect ourselves and those around us health wise. This is a time when you can take a deep look at your life, your job, your direction. When we are so busy with our day to day, we often don't take time to reflect, to enjoy the little things, & to appreciate the small miracles. Now is a good time to start a journal to keep track of your thoughts.

Learn A New Skill

This is an amazing time to gain knowledge that you've been wanting. There are many resources available online for learning new skills.  Many of the paid course are now offering free trials. With the extra time off, instead of watching the horrific news, spend the time furthering your knowledge in skills that can help your business.

Below are some Free Courses

 

Managing Your Finances

So we are past the denial phase and realizing this is our reality - being told to shelter inside of our homes in order to slow the spread of the virus has made us all realize that. This may be a time where we can work on our business if we are not able to work as much in our business. The first thing we should do is just take a deep breath and not be reactive.

This is also a time when you may need to decrease your outgoing payments and stop money being spent on unnecessary expenses to avoid being upside down in cash flow.

Check on Discounts or Bill Suspensions
A lot of service providers are offering discounts or bill suspensions because of the economic impact of COVID-19.  Some of these discounts are automatic, but calling credit card companies to see if they can provide any help is well worth the time to enable you to meet your daily, weekly and monthly budget requirements.

Focus on your current customers

At the same time, it's important to offer help to your clients and colleague to see if you can be a resource in this difficult time. But to be the helpful resource, you might want to practice some self development techniques to be in the right mindset to be in a helpful frame and serve your clients

Increase your frequency of posting content

Use this opportunity to understand that people are using the internet like never before and as a business owner, you have a chance to produce better and more relevant content for your audience to take in.  A lot of people are consuming more content after the initial shock factor of watching the news all day. If you have been thinking of starting a youtube channel, a podcast or whatever has been on your mind, now is a great time to get started.

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