The current pandemic has changed the way we live for the foreseeable future. The main change has been and, arguably, will continue to be, the amount of time we have to spend at home. Shopping, visiting with friends and family, pamper days out, and the Friday night eat-outs are all currently non-starters. The result is that you have a lot more time at home, but possibly also a little more cash handy.
With most people now run out of ideas to occupy them and bored of making countless banana bread to rearranging their homes, here are three ideas of what to do with your time.
Start a Hobby or Turn an Existing Hobby into a Business
There has been a notable rise in the number of hobbies that have been started during the COVID-19 pandemic. Knitting, candle making, yoga, and fitness training are but a few of the examples of activities that have increased over the last 24 months. There is a need for people to keep busy and find things to keep their mental, physical, and social health in check during the pandemic. Starting a hobby that you enjoy will allow you will find alone time a great deal more meaningful. Spending time making things, writing, or designing allows the mind to relax and rejuvenates the soul.
Alternatively, if you already have a hobby, go to the next step and turn it into a business. The number of how-to guides out there is immense, and you’d be surprised how many booming enterprises started as a hobby in a garage or home kitchen. If it’s turning a hobby into a business, make sure that you do your research well, as you don’t want to create more stress than you need, nor do you want to spoil your enjoyable hobby. However, if it’s easy to monetize it, and you’re not looking to make millions in the first year or five, then there’s nothing wrong with making some extra money selling what you’ve made. Just be sure to enjoy the process and use your time productively.
Embark on an Online Course
This is possibly one of the best uses of this time in that it may allow you to re-skill and prepare for a different future. Make sure you know what current trends are so that you are able to make use of special prices and are accessing recommended and trusted courses.
This tip is intrinsically linked to the first tip, in that if the hobby or business requires it, a professional certificated, registered course may help as either the improvement and deepening of the hobby or as the building blocks of knowledge needed for the business.
The range of courses is wide and varied, and as such will cover all your needs from finance to fashion: the choices are endless. A good place to start your research is at Wahoo Learning for the top eLearning trends of 2021 and bespoke training services.
Make sure that that the course is what you need to build an existing career or to start a new one before you spend any money and conduct some cost benefit analysis before signing up.
Spend More Quality Time with your Partner and Family
Your quality of life is generally determined by the relationships you are lucky enough to have with others. Before the COVID-19 lockdown, family time had become something done on weekends, the school run, and summer holidays. Well, you now have more than enough time to build solid relationships with those in your home and family. Building on these familial relationships is proven to lift one’s mood and create a sense of hope for the future. We all need this hope at the moment, and if it’s as easy as spending some time with the teenager, or rekindling your friendship with your spouse or partner, then you need to go for it. It will only make your time worth more.
If anything, this pandemic has shown that we need to make the most of our time. The above tips are three simple ways you can invest in your future to both get ahead and just to stay sane. In fact, you’d be surprised at how many people have managed to do all three of the above and made a roaring success of it. Simply find an e-learning course that develops your hobby into a successful family-run business while allowing you to find time for yourself.