As we continue to face this unprecedented COVID-19 pandemic, many of us suddenly find ourselves with more time on our hands, and unless you have kids at home, with fewer distractions than being in the office. Although our health and loved ones come first, this is a unique opportunity to invest more time into ourselves.
If you are still working full time, the you are probably doing so from home. The lack of commuting has freed up a part of the day to invest in other things (trips to the fridge don’t count), and many of us are already finding that things have slowed down.
Sadly, some are facing layoffs or furloughed as companies are forced to reduce costs to survive. I have family currently in this situation, and have faced it myself. This situation can very difficult, but it provides both time and purpose to want to invest in yourself and be able to return to the workforce stronger, with new skills, and faster.
But how should you be investing in yourself right now? How about training? Learning new skills, or finding new ways to decompress or stay connected?
Since many are currently suffering tremendous economic hardship, I wanted to provide a list some free resources that may be of interest to build new skills, or maybe just decompress and have some fun:
Medical profession: With the current COVID-19 pandemic affecting health care institutions, it is more important than ever to ensure that this important community fighting the pandemic have access to high-quality educational materials to ensure trainee preparedness for these clinical and global health challenges in the future continue:
English medical quizzes
Spanish medical quizzes
Business skills: Some of the resources available to learn more about marketing, entrepreneurship, business management and more.
The free certification program offers courses for marketing programs for businesses.
One of the best sites for free education from some of the top institutions in the nation. This site currently has over 2,500 courses on a variety of topics, including business and engineering, but can also help you learn more skills that are applicable to your industry, such as data science. You can also take language classes if you are looking for something fun or needed in your profession.
Much like edX, this site has hundreds of educational partners that provide free courses to almost 10 million users. One benefit to Coursera is that there are very specific courses that fit perfectly into particular niches, and its wide network of partners allow for a greater selection.
This site isn’t an educational platform on its own, but a collection of over 150 courses from leading universities on topics including finance, technology, entrepreneurship and much more.
There are literally videos on just about any topic you can imagine. If you are a DIY on many house repairs like me, YouTube is for you!
I am also trying to keep my golf skills sharp with numerous coaches, not to mention many trainers to stay active and healthy, in mind and body.
I don’t suggest spending all of your time on this sort of activity of course, but maybe setting aside some time each day helps establish a routine and keeps your brain in work mode. I like the idea of agile “sprints”, to set aside time for activities of both work and fun. Perhaps you need some time to decompress, so make some time to that as well. Getting caught up on your favorite shows from Netflix and Hulu can be just as therapeutic.
Right now, taking care of yourself and your family is without question the most important thing. I am very fortunate to be able to telework, and have been used to working from home for some time having owned my own business. However, we will once again go back to the offices, our shops, or other places of business.
Let’s go back stronger, and work together to help each other in these difficult times.