Fall is quickly approaching and experts stress it’s time to shrink your ‘quarantine bubble’ if you’ve been branching out over the summer, so you may be wondering what to do with all the extra time at home. As the global economic fallout from the coronavirus pandemic continues, and with so many resources available online, here are a few simple ways to use this quarantine to get ahead professionally.

Read a Non-Fiction Book 

You’re not alone if you’ve watched a record amount of Netflix over the last 6 months.

Start your professional self-improvement journey by reading a non-fiction or self-help book that can inspire you to move forward towards bigger and better things. Books like Atomic Habits or Girl, Stop Apologizing can provide enlightening advice to help you push through anything you’re struggling with, while others can help you develop new skills, improve your finances, or better understand the world around you.

You can find a list of some of our favorite quarantine reads here.

Take an Online Course

It’s easier than ever to further your education and career skills with the millions of courses, certifications, and webinars at your fingertips, thanks to YouTube and sites like Udemy and Skillshare.

Always wanted to learn how to use Photoshop? Need to brush up on your Spanish? With COVID-19 keeping you home this fall, now you have the time to dedicate to starting and completing a course. 

Update Your Resume

While your resume should technically be a living document, something you’re always working on and updating, there’s no better time to give it an overhaul than right now. Remember, your resume should always reflect your most recent, relevant and valuable skills, experiences and qualities. 

Whether you’re actively looking for employment or just trying to stay adaptable and in-demand, an updated resume and LinkedIn profile will help current and potential employers accurately assess your strengths.

Create a Website

With all of the hard work that you have put into your social media, now is the time to uplevel with your own website.

Creating a blog or website is a great way to promote your business or personal brand and with platforms like Wix and Squarespace, making one is easier than ever. These websites offer thousands of templates for you to choose from and customize making this a fun weekend project you don’t need to be a pro to tackle.

While we at Pangea Dreams encourage you to learn and grow, we would like to remind you that these are all suggestions. We understand the circumstances of this year so take it slow and find some time for yourself, any accomplishment is amazing during this time.

Have you picked up any new skills during quarantine? Maybe you’ve built a new website or have a book you’d like to recommend? Let us know in the comments.