Now is the perfect opportunity to amplify your existing skills and pick up new ones. Searches for ‘online courses’ has seen a 192% increase on Google between February and March 2020, making it clear that us Brits are looking for ways to continue our learning and CPD. Whether it’s learning a new language, learning how to create a business strategy, or becoming an expert in coding, free time spent at home is the perfect opportunity to learn a new skill.
Here are 4 top tips to help you to remain active during the current lockdown:
1) Create a calm space
Firstly, creating an environment where you will be able to study is key to getting the most out of your learning experience. Create a designated study area, whether that’s in your office, on your dining room table, or the desk in your bedroom. Keep it organised and clutter-free, as a messy study area is likely to distract you. If you’re in a high-traffic area, such as your kitchen, try choosing a study time when you’re less likely to be disturbed by family members.
2) Set goals and objectives
Think about what you want to achieve, whether it’s a daily goal or more long term. By creating objectives and milestones, you will be able to remain motivated to push yourself during your learning experience.
Studying at home can be lonely, especially if you live on your own. Make sure you keep in touch with your course tutor, if your online course provides one, or any other students who you ‘e-meet’ through your course. Being able to talk to your fellow students and the course tutor whilst studying at home will ensure your learning experience is a little easier.
4) Get a good night’s sleep
A good night’s sleep works wonders for improving your attention and memory. When you’re well-rested, the memory function that stores your knowledge on complex, fact-based information, is sharpened, so you’ll be able to take new information in and remember it.
So, whether you have been asked to assist with work outside your usual remit or find yourself with more time to fill, upskilling makes sense as a strategy that will help you boost your sense of purpose, wellbeing and self-esteem, while learning valuable new skills to add to your CV. While this is a challenging time for all of us, we can use our time wisely and productively to upskill. This, in turn, will place you in the best possible position to advance your career in a post-COVID-19 world.