By now, a lot of us are getting a little stir-crazy working from home or just sheltering in place. The days are beginning to run together as we sit stuck in limbo. For many, the lack of access to human contact and stress-relieving activities is affecting mental health. That’s all absolutely understandable!
This ongoing pandemic is challenging for even the most resilient of minds. While we can focus on the positives of more time at home with family, that doesn’t negate the fact that our lives have been disrupted. Consequently, being productive can be harder. But the good news is we can use this idle productive energy to improve ourselves — at home, right now.
Thank You, Internet!
Thanks to the internet, we have almost infinite resources for combating boredom at our disposal. So why not use some of your free time to increase your business skills, networking prowess, and technology skills, or even tackle that second language you always said you would learn if you just had the time?
Well, here’s the great news: there are hundreds of resources to help you become a better you by the time pandemic is over. And many are completely free! Here are just a few to help you get started on enhancing your skillset and understanding today:
- Edx.org is a trusted educational resource founded by Harvard and MIT. It boasts an impressive number of free courses to support individuals in their desire to learn more about anything from computer science to the humanities.
- Sba.gov provides access to business classes for those looking to improve or start their own business.
- Harvard University has a catalog of free online classes to help beef up your resume or improve current job skills. How often will you get a chance to take classes from Harvard?
- You may already have a LinkedIn account. But did you know there are learning resources there to improve your business skills? You can post your newly acquired skills and certificates directly to your page to both network and improve prospects.
- Alison.com compiles over 1,500 courses (completely free) from leading experts in the fields of your choice.
There’s an App for That
Don’t forget the ease of apps to amplify your down-time with enhanced knowledge! (You can find these in your favorite app store.)
- Duolingo is an app that helps you learn a new language.
- Kahn Academy is a free education app that helps with more academic learning.
- TED is dedicated to spreading new ideas and insights on global issues.
- Goodreads helps you find the right books for any area of interest.
- LinkedIn Learning is mentioned above, but it’s worth mentioning that it is an app.
Hopefully, with these resources, you can find an area of interest that will empower you in your life and career. So step away from social media for a few hours a week and invest time in increasing your expertise. Then when the air clears (literally and figuratively), you can emerge with new skills and knowledge to propel you toward your ultimate goals.