The impact of COVID-19 is felt by every person, business, and industry. Its disruption to the gig economy is particularly impactful, as incomes that were already inconsistent were thrown into flux. But as the economy slowly opens up, it’s more important than ever to put your best foot forward. The gig economy and the future of work is creating a new landscape for self-employed workers. Here are 5 tips to help you propel yourself to success in a post-COVID economy.
Remember that there is no right or wrong way to get from point A to B. Sometimes there is not even a destination in sight and that is all okay. Feeling lost or confused is normal. When you’re ready to start moving forward, remember to start small. It could be getting rid of a bad habit for a few days at a time. It could be reading a chapter of a book a day. Setting smaller more realistic goals can help you work your way up to make big changes! Not to mention, it’s more motivating to be able to check something off of your list. Do not forget to celebrate all of the small victories along the way- all big achievements were the combination of the smaller victories underneath them.
When you feel as if you are ready to get back on your feet, plan out what you want to do and what you can do during this time to use it as effectively as possible. The goal will vary from person to person and it can be as ambitious as starting a personal project or adding to your work portfolio. Understand what you are doing and its impact on you. Be aware of your goals and how whatever you are doing will help you achieve them. This way you can ensure that you are making personal progress with each passing day and that you are not letting valuable time slip by.
American poet Ralph Waldo Emerson once famously said “it is not about the destination but the journey”. It will not be easy getting through any period of disruption, but by recording your journey and how you overcome obstacles, you may end up with more grit and higher resilience than ever before. Sharing your stories will build social proof of overcoming challenges of any difficulty. These stories when shared can create a positive impact for a wide audience, helping people develop the motivation to conquer their own struggles.
With the world changing so fast, a great habit to get into is reading the news. Ease into it with news topics that are the most interesting to you and then gradually keep an eye out for modern political and business affairs. Make sure to always keep updated in the industry you work in as well. Why is this important? By keeping updated with the world, you will constantly be exposed to new topics, events, and sources of inspiration. Take it one step further and think about what is happening around you and why it is happening. By doing so, you can regularly train your critical thinking and creativity. This is a great habit to keep your mind active.
With an unprecedented speed of technological developments, make sure to stay updated with the latest tech trends. Most of the workforce had to work at home and get used to the new virtual systems during the pandemic. Although it’s not easy to become an expert in something new, it’s becoming increasingly necessary to be well versed in social media platforms, basic data science, and basic programming. Your knowledge of any of these topics can increase with training, but what is important is that you show the initiative to pay attention to and to actively learn more about them. Training yourself to stay up to date with the latest technological trends will help you ensure that you don’t get left behind the next time technology changes how we interact with the world.
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