Living in the pacific northwest, our governor ordered as of 3/22/2020, to limit gatherings/social events to 10 people, close down all restaurants besides take out, close schools until mid to late April, and close all unessential businesses and some state government offices. That is a lot of people out of work and home with their families. Now, some are thinking this is a disaster, they are laid off. Don’t fret the government has policies in place now to help cover the costs of living. Check out your local government’s unemployment website services to see what they offer and how they can help. Others are thinking this is a blessing in disguise. If their work is paying for them to stay home, then what is there is to do?
For those with families, this is the best time to really work on being a family, creating the family life/values you always wanted.
My friends with little ones are establishing new communication skills, potty training, teaching, playing and creating together. Its amazing to think about what you would do if you have all the time in the world and could spend it with your love ones.
For those who live alone or with a partner: I, for one, am going on adventures, fine-tuning my skills, practicing a new language, visiting with friends and family, reaching out and networking over the web, taking an online class in investing (free classes online through Ameritade) and cleaning everything. Since watching TV is something I do rarely, I feel I have so much more time to do the things I want without worry. I feel more connected with people I have reached out to and feel more whole as a person getting to do the things I want to do that make me happy. Thinking out loud, this is what I want my life to be like if I didn’t have to worry about going to my 9-5 job. This quarantine is a blessing and can prepare me for what the future holds. A slice of when the time comes to retire and when I have financial freedom.
Some other things to do:
- If you have loans, see them they can defer a payment or rewrite your loan for a lower payment and possibly lower interest rate.
- Avoid spending a lot online why signing up for various online discount/rebate/coupon services such as Ruken, Honey or Coupons.com.
- Check out your credit score and get a low-interest credit card or interest-free for 15 months credit card with no annual fee.
- Great time to invest in stocks
- Pick up a hobby
- Have a Movie Marathon
- Call a friend or family member
I hope everyone is safe and healthy out there! What are you doing with your time off?
Keep kicking and smiling! –TJ Banski