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Make the Best of Life When the World Throws You for a Loop

Make the Best of Life When the World Throws You for a Loop

There are times in life when it is impossible for you to fully anticipate the curveballs that will be thrown at you. In such instances, the best thing you can do is take a step back, observe, and come up with a fitting solution to solve the problem. Here are some ideas to help you make the best decision in the available time you have during a difficult season.

Improve on Your Education

If you were thinking of going back to school at some point but you’ve put it on the back burner, a little extra free time could make continuing your education online a possibility. With the availability of an online master’s in analytics, for example, you are able to add to your resume and possibly improve your standing with your current employer. Improving your education may also make it easier for someone else to hire you because of your new qualifications. Getting a higher education just might be the right step for you if you’re looking to garner higher wages and a promotion.

Start a Startup

If you’re the self-motivated type, then starting a startup could be a wise decision for you. With that little business idea floating around in your head and a large amount of free time, you could create something that could very well be a career in the making. There are a few things that can help you get your business going, but the first, and arguably most important one, is motivation. If you don’t really want it, you might just second guess yourself into oblivion and let the opportunity of a lifetime pass you by. If you have the idea in mind and are truly committed to the process of building a business, then starting a small startup could be just what you needed to help you deal with the world and its changes.

Learn a Language

One thing people tend to take for granted on a daily basis is the ability to learn. It’s easy to fill time with social media and binge-watch television shows, but this sucks away precious time that could be used for learning. If you’ve stumbled into a few extra hours in your day that are otherwise unspoken for, maybe try learning a language. With a new language under your belt, you can take that trip you’ve been coveting and you will earn a great sense of accomplishment. You might even be able to parlay it into a teaching side gig if you’re able to become fluent.

Take Up Cooking or Baking

Being able to cook should be considered a basic life skill since ordering-in or grabbing take-out on a daily basis can get boring and expensive. So with your extra time, you could learn how to cook or bake. If you have some experience in cooking, start by trying a recipe you’ve never made before, but if you’re a complete novice, then you should watch videos online to help yourself progress from simple dishes to more complex meals. Putting in the time and effort to learn how to cook or bake can help you develop a new skill or even turn into a way to knock the socks off of your family and friends when they come over to eat your “world famous dish.”

Start That Exercise Plan You’ve Been Talking About

Making a New Year’s resolution is a trend of the past that is no longer effective when it comes to motivating people to stick to their workout plans. If you want to start working out, quit talking about it and make it happen during the free time that you have. Turn on that exercise program or jump on that stationary bike you bought years ago because the only way you’re going to get the results you want is by putting in the effort. The best time for you to start working out and start feeling the burn is when you have a couple of hours to burn.

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by Lottie Pritchard // Lottie Pritchard is a contributor to Businessing Magazine.

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