7 Productive Things To Do While Experiencing Downtime At Work

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All too often we are faced with the challenges of our daily routine and wished we were able to get some downtime to do things we always wanted to do. In the recent weeks, with the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic, a large number of individuals are faced with an extraordinary dilemma – EXTRA FREE TIME. This is the perfect time to complete all the tasks you’ve put off or to pick up some new skills.    

Seek Out New Challenges

Now is a great time to take on a project issued by the company that you could not work on before. Even if you do not have the skills necessary for the project, you can take your time to develop the skills for that specific project to be completed.

Be sure to ask your boss for help if you need any assistance to kick start the project. Your managers and higher ups will notice your initiative and it would also put you in a good light.

Help your Teammates / Colleagues

If you find that you have a lot of time in your hands, ask your team mates if you could help them with any of the tasks that they are overwhelmed with. They would be grateful for lending a hand and would help build meaningful relationship. On that note, they would gladly help you out when you are struggling to get your works sorted when you need it the most. It’s a win-win situation!

Go Back to School

Thinking about a getting a degree? Do so now!

While there are many reasons to go back to school, we truly believe that the most important one is that it would help you advance your career. Plus, you do not need to go to a physical classroom, there are colleges and universities that provide a distance learning program.

A quick tip: Let your boss know of your plans so when business picks up again, you will not be struggling to balance your work and your studies.

Learn a New Skill

There are many websites that helps you develop a new skill free of cost or for a very low cost. Use your time effectively by picking up a skill that will help you enhance your career and boost potential earnings.

If you are one that does not like doing a course and are more of a visual learner, YouTube has a lot of different channels that focuses on personal development and other areas. So what are you waiting for, get going!

Give Your Resume a Makeover

It is said that “First Impressions are long lasting” and your resume is just that as it advertises yourself to your potential employer. Brush up your resume to showcase your skills, accomplishments, expertise and recent experiences as the resume works as a tool to sell yourself to your potential employer.

If you need help with the important aspects of what is to be written in your CV, view our free CV template here.  


Even with the Covid-19 situation, networking with people is absolutely imperative. Be it a call, a message or a video call with your colleagues or just a new person who you have connected with on LinkedIn. Be consistent and reach out to someone every day.  

Relax and Enjoy Yourself

Finally, take this time to enjoy yourself. Life is all about balance. Learn how to cook, take that guitar lessons that you always wanted to. Do something for yourself or your family. After all, once you get super busy with work, all those things would once again be on the back burner.


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