22 Apr 2020

How To Be Productive If You've Been Furloughed

It's a strange time for everyone and for those who have, unfortunately, been made redundant as a result of COVID-19, it's especially worrying. Here in the UK, the government have bought a furlough scheme that allows employees to be kept on the payroll and be paid up to 80% of their wages, but not work until the situation blows over.

My company have furloughed a few members of staff, including myself, so for the past few weeks I've been finding ways and things to do to keep busy, stay productive and most of all, keep on top of a routine. If you are looking to do the same, I thought I'd share the ways I've been maintaining a schedule and keeping busy during my furlough.

If your employer is nice enough, they may have already organised and paid for some training courses you can do so when you return to work, you are motivated and up to speed! If not, ask them! Or don't worry, I'm sure there are plenty of free online courses you can do, depending on your field.

I've also come across a website called Skillshare, which is a platform where you can do courses about pretty much anything from beauty, photography, web design, blogging, interior design etc. It is a paid for platform but it doesn't cost much and I believe they are offering a few free months at the moment so why not take advantage!

Work on your passion! If you don't have a hobby, now is the time to find something you love doing and go hard. My hobby is my blog so I've been spending extra time working on new posts, photography and even began filming videos for IGTV!

If this is your thing... clean! I've been using this time to get my house organised and cleaned by doing the jobs I've been putting off for ages. If you are looking for some inspiration, follow Mrs Hinch or Lynsey on Instagram to get you inspired! I feel so much better already and the house will be organised and ready for guests when this is all over.

If you've been dreaming about starting a side business, now is your chance! It might be hard to get it off the ground at the moment, depending on the nature of the business but you can do all of the set up, which you didn't have time to do before. I've been working on some beautiful wedding pieces for my calligraphy business, which I'm sure will be perfect for later in the year.

How have you been spending your days during this time? 


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