Hey Clutch Lifers,
This feels like the umpteenth week we have been told to stay inside and distance ourselves from others (some of us have been doing that for quite some time anyway). Here are 5 things you can do with all that free time to stay productive.
1. Write your business plan
Many of you are sitting on a million dollar idea but don’t believe you can execute it. The only way to really see if your idea is a viable business is by writing it down. That way, not only does it become real, but it becomes more realistic. Write down your idea, your vision, your mission and your story. Explain what inspired the idea and what problem it solves. If you get that far, then you are on the right track. If you are really ambitious, download this free business plan template and get to work!2. Reorganize your entire life
For those of us who are a bit all over the place (like me), it’s time to restructure our work and living spaces. Now that you are home literally 24/7, invest in making your space more functional. Buy a new desk, book shelves, cabinets and anything that will help you save space and stay organized. Check Pinterest for some great ideas.
3. Start your blog, podcast or social media pages
That little voice in your head has been telling you for years to let it out to the world, but you're out here playing games! Sit down and write your first blog entry on Wordpress, record your first podcast episode with Anchor or monetize your social media page if you are a creative, artist or comedian. At best, you finally show the world that side of you that you have kept hidden. Plus, there are so many resources and examples to help you achieve it!
4. Launch your ecommerce store
This crisis has locked people inside, but it hasn’t stopped the flow of online shopping. This is the perfect time to do some research and set up an eCommerce store. My personal recommendation is to set up with Shopify (I am biased of course) but there are some other great choices like Squarespace, Woocommerce, Big Cartel and Wix, which have all extended the trial period due to the pandemic. If you have your own product, you can set up a quick store on Shopify, choose a theme, upload product pics and you are ready to go. The second option is to dropship which is basically selling other products. The only caveat here is that you have to be really good at digital marketing, but that is something you can learn. If you really want some advice on eCommerce, please hit me up and we can talk 😊.
Isolation can provide the perfect opportunity to align ourselves mentally, physically and spiritually. You can start or finish the book that’s been sitting on your side table collection dust. You can use an app like Calm to meditate and center yourself each day. Maybe you haven’t talked to your Maker in a while because you haven’t found the time, well, now you got time. And with so many trainers offering online sessions (shoutouts to Just2Sweat), this is a great chance to whip your own body into shape. Basically, this is a time to be more disciplined in order to hit your personal goals, whatever they may be.
The isolation may be extreme but it is necessary. For many of us, this is a wake up call to slow down and reassess our priorities in life. Let’s take advantage of not being as busy to better prepare for when they let us out to play again!