5 productive ways to develop yourself from the comfort of your home.
Okay, this was inspired by the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic that has put a good portion of the world on lock down.
If ever you’re in a situation where you get to spend a lot of time at home (lock down or no lock down), and career-wise you want to make the best of it, here’s a list of five things you totally should do!
For most of them all you need is any device that allows you access to the internet (a phone or laptop, for instance), good internet connection, and power supply for your device(s). Throw in some patience and determination as well and you’re good to go.
1. Take online courses:
First, there’s something you should clarify before you start this: your career or learning goals. You don’t want to spend your time and resources taking courses that are not in line with your goals, courses that would end up being irrelevant to you. Look out for courses that deal with aspects of your career you’d like to have more knowledge on, or get certified in. Be intentional and strategic about it.
Next thing to do is figure out what platform you’d like to use. There are several platforms out there, including Udemy, Coursera, Philanthropy University and Khan Academy. Some universities also offer courses online, so do well to check them out as well.
These platforms have their different strengths and weaknesses, which I’d be addressing later, just make sure you go with one most aligned with your needs and taste in terms of budget, goals, timing, user interface, and so on.
While some platforms require a fee to access their courses with occasional discounts, others offer theirs for free. They’re both great, just figure out what works best for you.
2. Learn a skill:
It goes without saying that learning and mastering a skill (or two ?) would go a long way in fattening your work portfolio, and by extension, your earning capacity.
The beautiful thing about it is that the skill you’re learning doesn’t necessarily have to be in line with your career directly. While you could learn something that would make you more valuable to the organization you work with (if you do) and earn you a promotion, you could also learn something that would end up serving as a side hustle for you, that you could work free lance with.
When choosing a skill to learn, try as much as possible to make sure it’s something you’re passionate about, or at least something you’re genuinely interested in, so you don’t end up losing steam. You know, when the learning process gets challenging you’re less likely to quit if you’re truly interested in it, plus you’ll have fun while at it.
Some skills you can learn are:
- Search engine optimization.
- Email marketing.
- Drone piloting.
- Web development.
- App building.
- Content writing.
- Graphic design.
- UI/UX design.
- Catering and crafts.
- Fashion designing.
- Make up artistry, etc.
Basically whatever floats your boat. For inspiration you can checkout skills relevant to your industry, most in-demand skills of the year, essential future skills… Stuff like that.
3. Master any of the Microsoft office tools:
Someone said it’s cool that you can make Thriller and TikTok videos, but can you do a PowerPoint presentation as a student/graduate? Aha!
Microsoft office offers the tools you need to create your best work for your home, business or corporate career, from desktop to web and the devices in between.
Exciting, yeah? You could choose from a wide range of products including Excel, PowerPoint, Word, Publisher, Access and Outlook. Click here to check out a comprehensive list of all the Microsoft office applications with their individual descriptions.
Don’t forget that practice makes perfect, so practice, practice, practice and practice till you become a pro!
4. Play brain development games:
Sounds fun, yeah? There are lots of games out there you can play alone or with others that have been proven to help increase intelligence and mental skills.
Some of them are also known for their therapeutic effects for problems such as dysmensia and distractibility. Chess, riddles, video games, crosswords and a lot of others come to mind.
5. Attend webinars:
Thanks to modern day technology, we can attend seminars and symposia from the comfort of our homes and be just as blessed!
Of course, you don’t want to attend just any random webinar. Remember what we said earlier about being intentional and strategic? Please don’t waste your time. Make sure the webinars you attend are in line with your goals. This shouldn’t be a problem if you’re affiliated with the right organizations, after all they’ll be hosting most of the webinars in question.
So, there you have it! You totally can be at home and strengthen your professional muscles, at your own pace. Is there any other thing you think should be on the list? Let’s hear from you in the comments section .
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