Now that so many adults are home 🏡 because they’ve either been laid off or they are working from home, I thought it would be a good idea to remind you of some of your normal tasks that you should still be doing.
Set the Alarm Clock ⏰
After all the time my husband and I spent in the military, I can say this without any qualm, your body gets accustomed to getting up at a certain time. Now I know it’s tempting to sleep in, but don’t do it. Keep getting up at the same time. The current employment situation will come to an end and you will get another job. So stay in the habit of getting up in the morning.
Shower 🚿, Shave 🪒, and Shoes 👞
Okay, I get it, ladies don’t shave every morning like the guys do, but you get my point. If you’re single or a childless couple, it’s so very easy to spend half the day in your PJ’s. Seriously, don’t do it. You will feel much better about yourself after showering and dressing. Not to mention, we’ve all seen the ads on TV 📺 depicting a person working from home and they’re only dressed nicely on the top that shows on camera. You don’t need to put jacket and tie on, but do put clothes on that wouldn’t embarrass your grandma 👵.
Sit down for at least one meal 🥘 each day.
Plan your meals and sit down to enjoy them with your family. Actually spend some time together. If you’re sitting down for supper, talk about how your day was. Sadly, this is something that needs to be pointed out to some families.
Volunteer your time to help others.
If your health allows it, consider volunteering in your neighborhood. There are so many people who really need a little help right now. Whether you volunteer to deliver groceries for a neighbor or spend some time sewing 🧵 masks 🎭 to donate to a local hospital 🏥, do what you can to make things a little better for someone else. It will make you feel better about yourself. Not to mention, it will help make your day go faster!
If you’ve been laid off, update your resume.
Everyone should have a copy of their resume. Take this opportunity to update it to include your most recent job. Don’t be afraid to acknowledge that you were laid off/let go because of the Coronavirus. Face it, you aren’t alone in that regard. If you learned new skills while employed, highlight them. Earned new certificates? Add them in! Even include any and all volunteer activities you participated it. Let employers know that you are willing to help wherever and whenever needed.
Reach out to your parents and friends.
For those who have the capability, make it a video chat. For your family, this can help keep everyone close. For your close friends, do the same thing. Social Distancing doesn’t have to mean social isolation. Plan to check in on older relatives regularly.
I have absolute faith that we will get through this. At some point in time, you will again be looking for work. Don’t be afraid to include any volunteer work you’ve done while home in your resume. Include any new courses you may have completed. Show prospective employers that you took advantage of this time to help others.