What should I do now? The extra time conundrum of 2020

In these strange times, it seems that many of us are finding more available time than we are used to.

I keep seeing lots of content telling people to do lots of stuff with the extra time they might have right now. Whilst encouragement is great, I can see how it might negatively affect others who don’t feel this way.

We are all different and I think most of us are in two frames of mind right now:

1. I’m going to use this time to learn lots of stuff, build my skills, read that book etc.

2. This situation sucks, I just want to chill. I know I should probably do something with my time but I just feel a bit crap about all this and want to chill out.

Both are equally valid and we should let people feel and do whatever they feel is best for them right now.

I personally, drop in and out of both these mindsets. Sometimes several times in the week and even several times in a day. But that’s ok, as like you, I am a conflicted human after all.

We are in strange times and adding even more pressure with telling yourself that you should be doing this or that won’t help. Just connect with your feelings and process this moment as you wish.

Perhaps that is reading lots of books and learning new skills. It might also be chilling out, letting the mind wander and processing everything day by day.

No matter what it is, do what works for you.

Don’t feel bad if you don’t want to go and learn a million new things in any extra time that you might have. Just because someone on a social feed somewhere says you should do this, doesn’t actually mean you should.

Sometimes doing nothing and letting the mind wander is exactly what we need.


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Be like Batman: Keep evolving and diversifying your skills

This is a tongue in cheek post but one that has an important message on having a varied skill set that continues to evolve and contribute to your overall talent stack.

Many say that skills in the workplace is the biggest economy nowadays and it’s hard to disagree. The skills you possess make you more attractive to employers, allow you to execute on the work you do and pay for your lifestyle.

Yes, you heard that right, the better quality and diversity of your skills, the more dollars are dropping in your bank account.

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Leadership Lessons: Jurgen Klopp’s playbook

Welcome to the next installment in my ongoing leadership series, where I break down the insights and lessons we can learn from high performing leaders across many arenas.

For this one, I’m focusing on another sports coach and this time in the form of Jurgen Klopp. The ever enigmatic, philosophical and master tactician of the football field. It’s funny that I’ve chosen another leader from the world of football as I don’t really follow the sport (I’m more of a combat sports fan myself). However, Jurgen is always a character that has interested me and especially his approach to leadership, as we’ll explore here.

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