With its widespread popularity these days, starting a side hustle is no longer this crazy idea you read about online. There are real humans, some of whom you probably already know, who are increasing their income through their side hustle. Some have managed to convert those side-hustles into a full-time career and business.
Whether you have been staying home with your family, roommate, partner, pet, or entirely alone, it is hard to not feel some level of isolation in response to the state-at-home orders brought about by the coronavirus pandemic. Our daily lives have changed significantly over the last two months. And while working remotely may have been a dream scenario before this whole thing began, chances are the isolation is starting to get to you.
Covid-19 has had an unprecedented effect on how we live our lives from how we socialize to how we entertain ourselves… and yes, to how we work. In response to the global crisis, many countries have instituted some level of mandatory lock-down that has changed the way we do business. Some businesses have closed leaving employees without a steady source of income. Others have allowed employees to work from home. So, how are professional employees faring in this new reality?
Whether you call it social distancing, self-quarantine, or a mandated lock-down, many of us feel the psychological effects of our current reality. Time we once spent socializing, dining out, attending concerts and sporting events, has become downtime that has to be filled within the confines of our homes. Luckily, many of us have the opportunity to fill some of that time by working from home. But this, in itself, presents a psychological danger. When work is all that’s left to fill the empty hours, work addiction becomes a very real possibility.
Never do today, what you can safely put off until tomorrow! If that statement sounds logical to you, you may be suffering from chronic procrastination. In an office environment, with bosses, supervisors, and colleagues breathing down your neck, waiting for you to finish a task, you can play it off as some quirky little personal habit, But in this time of self-isolation, procrastination can be disastrous to you career, your health, and your reputation. Don’t worry! You can cure chronic procrastination. It just takes a little effort.
Let’s face it, when making their career plans no one could have foreseen our current world situation. For most, those plans have been put on hold for a while. The need to safeguard our health, the health of our loved ones, and that of the most vulnerable in our society has superseded virtually all other concerns. But as we concentrate our efforts on social distancing by working from home, often in a reduced capacity, we can still maintain a healthy career path.